The Health Benefits of Ginger Turmeric Tea

Ginger

Ginger is a flowering plant native to Southern Asia. It’s the root that you’re most likely familiar with – it’s often used as a flavouring in food and a traditional remedy. Ginger has a hot and spicy taste used in recipes across the world – from Indian chai masala to a palate-cleansing sushi accompaniment in Japan.

Ginger’s most-known medicinal use is as a folk remedy is for for nausea, diarrhoea and gas. I give my kids ginger candy to relieve their travel-sickness on road trips and it seems to work well. It has also been used as a treatment for colds and respiratory symptoms. (source 1, 2)

Turmeric

Turmeric is a herbaceous perennial plant in the ginger family. It’s native to India and the root is a common component of Indian cooking – especially in curries. The root is boiled, dried and ground into a yellow-orange spice powder before use. It has an earthy, peppery flavour.

It has been used as a dye due to its strong pigmentation but the most famous use is as a traditional health remedy. Turmeric is part of the ceremony in Indian wedding culture to soften the skin. In Ayurvedic remedies, turmeric treats indigestion, colds, liver ailments and skin sores. (source 1, 2)

Better together

Not only are ginger and turmeric great on their own, but they actually work better together. Like many natural substances, the different phytochemicals present interact with each other for increased potency. Compounds called gingerols in ginger act as bioenhancers (source). This means that they help your digestive system absorb other compounds. Since the main active component of turmeric – curcumin – is poorly absorbed on its own, it’s likely that consuming it with ginger helps the process along.​

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The Health Benefits of Ginger Turmeric Tea

 
1. It may increase lifespan

Let’s start with the most impressive claim, shall we? A study in fruit flies (I know, not exactly similar to humans but they’re frequently used because of their short lifespan to study generational changes) showed that the compound curcumin in turmeric increased lifespan significantly. (source)

 
 
2. It has anti-inflammatory properties

A study in the journal Oncogene compared the anti-inflammatory power of turmeric with conventional drugs ibuprofen and aspirin. It was found to be stronger and with fewer side effects. (source) Ginger has also been used to treat inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and ulcerative colitis.(source)

A study measured this effect and found that curcumin “significantly reduced” signs of inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis. It may even prevent arthritis from developing in the first place. (source) If you suffer from chronic inflammation, drinking a cup of ginger turmeric tea every day is a great idea.​

 
 

3. It can help manage diabetes

Turmeric has an effect on blood sugar and insulin. One study found that its blood sugar-lowering abilities are much stronger than a common antidiabetic drug. If you’re already taking a medicine for diabetes, check with your doctor before adding ginger turmeric tea to your routine. (source)

 
 

4. It has anti-cancer properties

So many foods on the market these days claim to have anti-cancer powers as a selling point. But the science backs this claim up when it comes to ginger turmeric tea. A study published in the British Journal of Cancer found that ginger and turmeric extracts had the ability to inhibit the growth of cancerous tumors.

Ginger has shown to be useful for women suffering from ovarian cancer whereas turmeric may work against bladder and lung cancer. Both plants have antioxidant properties that may be responsible for these effects. (source 1, 2, 3)

 
 

5. It boosts brain repair and prevents Alzheimer’s

A study in animals showed that turmeric can increase neural stem cell growth in the brain – an important factor for self-repair. Other research showed that curcumin in turmeric may slow buildup of beta-amyloids – destructive substances involved in the brains of those with Alzheimer’s patients. It also helps with inflammation in the brain in Alzheimer’s. (source)

 
 

6. It aids digestion, nausea and vomiting

Most of us have heard of ginger to relieve motion sickness or upset stomach. This effect has been attributed to the compounds shogaol and gingerol present in the root. (source) Ginger relaxes your gut muscles allowing food to move smoothly through your digestive system. (source)

Turmeric may help with indigestion – reducing symptoms such as bloating and gas (source).

 
 

7. It improves heart health – prevents stroke and heart attack

Ginger helps prevent blood clots, which are involved in stroke and heart attack. Be careful though, if you’re taking any medicines for this it can be a major interaction. Check with your doctor if this is the case. (source)

Curcumin in turmeric also has the power to lower your cholesterol! It’s been suggested that taking turmeric along with anti-cholesterol medicines such as statins leads to an enhanced effect. (source)

 
 

8. It fights infection

The Journal of Microbiology and Antimicrobials compared ginger’s antibacterial ability with that of common antibiotics. It was found that ginger had more power to kill staphylococcus aureus and streptococcus pyogenes than conventional drugs. (source) Curcumin is one of the strongest herbal antifungals too – more potent than ginger, clove and oregano. (source)

 
 

9. It helps improve mood and fight depression

A study in India tested curcumin in 60 volunteers with major depressive disorder. It was found to have similar efficacy to the drug Prozac, without the unpleasant side effects. (source)

 
 

10. It improves skin quality

Turmeric has been used as a traditional remedy for skin conditions for years. Its antibacterial properties make it helpful for acne and the anti inflammatory properties ease redness and irritation. As well as drinking it in your tea, why not use some turmeric to make a natural face mask? (source)

 

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How to Make Healthy Ginger Turmeric Tea

Plain version

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • Honey or stevia to taste

Directions:
Heat the water (not boiling) and slowly add it to the turmeric and ginger in a cup, making a paste at first. When the tea is thoroughly mixed, add honey or stevia to sweeten. You will need to stir this before drink as the ginger will settle to the bottom.(source)

Creamy Version

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • Honey or stevia to taste

Directions:
Put the cup of almond milk into a pot and heat it over the hob. Add a small amount of milk to the turmeric, ginger and sweetener and mix until there are no lumps present. Then add the rest of the milk.
(source)

 

Cautions

Because the components of this tea have such potent medical properties, it follows that they can interact with prescription drugs in a similar manner. If you take a regular medicine or have an ongoing health condition, check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking ginger turmeric tea. If you are taking blood thinners, you must avoid ginger and turmeric completely.

Conclusion

I was really blown away by the amount of hard scientific evidence supporting the health benefits of ginger turmeric tea. I think it’s worth drinking regularly for these effects, and the delicious flavour. I recommend it to all my friends and hope you enjoy it too!

References
http://draxe.com/turmeric-health-benefits/
http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/benefits-ginger-tumeric-4701.html
http://foodmatters.tv/content/cleansing-tumeric-ginger-tea-recipe
http://www.livestrong.com/article/279740-what-are-the-benefits-of-ginger-turmeric/

 

Source: Health Ambition 

How To Create Successful New Year’s Resolutions

profile_michelle_johnsonRight now many of us are thinking about our new year’s resolutions? We mentally try to set the tone, but are not willing to follow through on any level until January 1 or let’s say January 2! So why not do as much as we can to avoid confronting the very thing we set out to do earlier in the year and that’s correct this thing that is our nemesis.

Do you identify with any of these:

You start a new diet and quit within a few weeks
You joined a gym, but never go and when you do, you feel lost
You say you are only going to have one drink and wind up wasted
You swear off a person only to forgive them again
You are going to throw out old clothes, but never do
You swear off sugar and all carbs only to binge heavily on both
You write off an intimate partner only to find you are in bed with them again
You are going to spring clean, but never do
You are going to go to Church every Sunday and find you only go one
You are going to save a lot of money this year and wind up more in debt
You are not longer going to gamble
You are going to quit smoking cigarettes
You are going to get 8 hours of sleep and be in bed by 10:00 every night

All of these things seem like simple things in writing. However, when we have an addiction to something, it is a strong magnetic tug of war between us and our demons. Something as simple as not going to bed on time, seems simple. Underlying it could be a well of anxiety that the night triggers from childhood trauma. We suffer much deeply from some of these things than our consciousness may want to admit, while others have no issue with it and we are in awe of them! How the hell do they go to bed at the same time every night and wake up so bright eyed and bushy tailed? It must be some good melatonin they take! We think we need to gain or achieve something outside of ourselves to acquire a solution. Yet, the thing that should bring you peace is knowing the drug is inside of you. Yet, that alone seems to flare up some deep anxieties about self-reliance.

What triggers you to do the same thing over and over, is the definition of the insanity of a situation. So how do we find our way out? The first step is recognizing a very powerful force that lives within us all that we do have to tap into. This is Courage. Courage is the willingness to confront fear, pain, danger, uncertainty and intimidation. In some traditions, fortitude holds approximately the same meaning according to Wikipedia online. Mentally we begin to prepare for the New Year. We all want to set the tone by achieving some of our long lost goals. We create resolutions and like a mantra, we repeat to ourselves, “this year I am going to do it!” Yet, each year do we do what we say we are going to do and keep our promises to ourselves? Many of us will come out of the New Year’s gates strong and ready to conquer the prior goals we had set that left us feeling defeated. Many of us will fade out around two-six weeks into our goals returning to old habits. Why do we quit what we set out to do again and again? Why do we create a filter that prevents us from confronting our own bad habits and return to our old comfort zones? For many the issue is we lack the courage, which is the WILLINGNESS to confront. We lack the Fortitude, which is the fuel and drive we need to finish and finish strong.

The hardest thing we all must do in life is face our fear. The greatest challenge is the fears we have about our own nature, being exposed and ourselves. We fear rejection, failure and ridicule. We don’t want to do some things like tell the truth, in fear of upsetting another. But, is it upsetting the other that is really the issue or is the issue more a measure of how upset they will be at us and we have to deal with it. We don’t like to deal with things as a society. We have emotional Band-Aids and excuses for everything! We are trained to disassociate, even in the office. We are expected to be non-reactive, non-emotional and human all at the same time. It’s a real crisis for many of us. When we set out to achieve a goal, the reason we fail is due to this huge imbalance. Human=non-emotional=not possible. We may not show our emotions, but on the inside we are living in our own personal prison of emotions that is festering within us and this we can’t escape. We only wish we could fake it until we make it. The problem with emotions is you can only fake for so long until it chops you off by your knees and flares up. When emotions flare up, we in turn, wind up inflamed physically, mentally and spiritually. This can lead to very serious things like depression, a life threatening illness, the end of valuable relationships or thoughts of suicide.

Of all the virtues courage is the most important Without having courage you won’t be able to going into a void of your life and handle the unknown. You will always play it safe, so safe that you may miss valuable opportunities for the most important growth – spiritual. Fortitude means that you have firmness in spirit. How eloquently this ties into our level of courage. Isn’t this what we need “firmness of spirit” in order to get to the other side of our goals! The difference when it comes to my regular weight management clients and my competitors are that the competitors love the challenges the direction I give presents to them. They have an attitude of bring it on and want to beat the obstacles. They thrive on the energy of overcoming tough situations and somehow this causes them to focus and function even better! As the saying goes “a smooth sea never made a skillful mariner!”

When approaching our New Year’s Goals this year, rather than play the game of psyching ourselves out with the “I am going to do it this year!” mumbo jumbo, let’s DO IT this year. There is power in the play of language alone. The word “going to” already implies at sometime vs. NOW. The power is NOW right? We all know the book by now and do we need to read hundreds of pages about NOW to understand this simple concept? You must begin with an attitude of now since time is of the essence. What if before the New Year you begin to set your body up by starting to do more movement so by the New Year your body is in better condition to pound it come the New Year. How about instead of overeating as much as possible before the new year strikes, you go into the new year with no weight gain because overall you ate clean and healthy, allowing yourself a few cheats here and there. We must stop taking extreme actions because this is how we fail ourselves and lack fortitude. We create situations that are not realistic. You must begin with the blocks that build the foundation of your house first. This may sound like playing it safe, but it’s not, it’s smart because that is your pillar. You have to get serious as well about what is sabotaging you. What people and situations trigger you into regressing to old habits and attitudes? Once you have this key, you can open the door to your inner home and take a good look inside.

We have to learn to remove the obstacles that withdraw the WILL from following what we know is best for us. We know if we don’t we will wind up back where we came from and that is usually a place that’s not of abundance, but makes us feel like we are lacking. It’s another type of a hangover when we don’t follow through. Our emotional health will continually demand that we aspire to go higher in our thinking and virtues. This is what brings movement into our life in the directions we want to go. What creates a good life is aspiring to obtain a life that reflects all that is truly good. When we are out of alignment with our true nature and are living an authentic life where we are doing this, we don’t feel loved, appreciated, respected and successful. Inside we are empty on some level. The purpose of creating more form, function and goodness in your life is the path to success in all things you set out to do, but you must be the one shaping this. It doesn’t happen automatically for many and for those who get handouts there will be repercussions at some stage. It is our quest in life that brings passion, vision and purpose into us! We must have a quest and that vision needs to be balanced with all that is around us. Everything in our life should be a true reflection of this soul purpose. The writing has been on the wall a very long time for many of us. Are we working in this direction? Or are we more focused on vain efforts that continually have us coming up empty? We already know our weak spots, we just need to stay awake, with eyes wide-open, and temper them with strategies in place ahead. When you see something coming your way or find yourself in the same situation, just say, ” AHA, there it is again!” This in itself will have you be lining out of the situation knowing you don’t want to go backwards. Keep reminding yourself of the consequences, the suffering, the let downs and disappointments that go you to the point of wanting this to be your GOAL in the first place!

If you make a pact with yourself this New Year, make it much bigger than losing a few pounds. Your goal is to set the intention of beating the obstacles that come your way with strategies in place. You don’t have to have a third eye to know what is going to come your way in the future and tempt you to abandon your virtues. Go within and pull out your own punches by using the courage that lives inside you to face your own weaknesses. Use the virtue of temperance to manage yourself through these temptations knowing if you do, there will be gift for you on the other side. Each time you beat the foreseen obstacles; you will be that much closer to the finish line. Fortitude is achieved through this momentum. What we all have in common is resilience. Some are just more in tune with theirs. Champions never see losing as failure and winning as success, they learn from both and get stronger, better and more determined. As my grandmother always told me, “never wait until tomorrow to do what you can today!”

How To Get Through the Holidays Without Sabotaging Your Diet!

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The holidays are an easy time and excuse to get distracted from your dietary goals. It’s important that you come up with sound strategies that do not make it torture, but a time you can still enjoy them.

Here are some of my strategies that have kept me on point and not gaining the usual 5-10lbs that most do at this time. You want to remember that the new year is around the corner and how nice it is to be ahead of the game not way behind. Rather than try to fix all the fat on January 2nd, work on fixing the real issue and how your mindset may be in your way. Check your weight every couple of days. Don’t skip meals and eat every 2.5 hours to keep your metabolism revving.

There are so many healthy things you can eat and even bake now a days that won’t leave you feeling deprived.

See some healthy recipes and top tips below!

1. Drink a lot of water.

2. Before parties eat something healthy or drink a protein shake

3. Avoid alcohol, cookies and chips (they add up and will sabotage your diet) drink 2 glasses of alcohol only and have a cookie (NOT A BIG ONE)

and have about 5 chips.

4. Just because they serve it doesn’t mean you have to eat it. Take bites of food and keep your plate small.

5. Instead of baking goods, try making things like doing some arts and crafts with the kids!

6. Sub your sweet ingredients with Truvia or Stevia

7. Use clarified butter or Smart Balance butter over regular

8. Stick with low sodium dishes or use Himalayan or Celtic Sea Salt

9. Fill your life up with gratitude, joy and count your blessings over overeating

10. Get exercise in no matter where you go. Make it a priority to exercise everyday or at least 75% of the time you are away or celebrating.

 

BONUS: On New Years decide how many calories you want to drink. Drink a ton of water while drinking and think about how you really wanna feel the next day. Starting your new year off with a big hangover is not what go-getters do when they set goals. Start the new year off with the right tone. Let it be a symbol of what you want ahead.

 

Write down your wishes for 2017 in an envelope – don’t censor – go for it and dream big! Seal the envelope, set the intention by lighting a candle and reciting a prayer. Don’t look at it until the end of the next year.
NO EXCUSES!!! Live in the reality of where you want to be after the holidays not in EXCUSEVILLE!

 

See some delicious and fun recipes below.

SNACKS & DESSERTS

COOKIE RECIPES

ENTREES

HANUKKA RECIPES

VEGETARIAN DISHES

SIDE DISHS

KIDS TREATS

DESSERTS

Have a Happy New Year!
– Michelle

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The Art of Living Beautiful With Uncertainty & Change

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate can not drive out hate; only love can do that.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

We must all learn to live beautifully and be kind to one another even when there is uncertainty and change. We tend to scramble when everything is in a flux. The very nature of our existence is in a flux. Things keep changing whether we are aware of it or not. So how can we live wholeheartedly in the face of impermanence? Is it possible for us to increase our tolerance for instability and change?

Life is not always going to go your way!  This is why it is so important to practice discipling your mind. The challenge is to notice the emotional tugs things have on you. Stay with the feeling for 1.5 minutes without the story line. This is also a somatic technique that is good to work on during meditation. How long can you endure the discomfort or struggle with sticking to this exercise without letting your mind shift into stories. Many times our emotions make a very wrong story or miscommunication right. So keep in mind perception is very relative to how you feel in the moment. Be aware that most stories we tell without facts are not even true?

We live in duality and buy into illusion. We create stories to justify much of what we do and believe our own why even when there is no truth in what we believe at all. Even when we know the truth we still make up our own versions. This is when we are truly vulnerable and a victim of our own mind. It’s when we unmask our real emotions, let go and open our minds that are hearts can open not constrict. We enter the rhythm of our lives and can be in our power. We get to know our own strength. Learning to move with the tides and be true to our own nature is a part of the path of healing. It has to be authentic to us, this truth. It can not be someone elses or prescribed. It has to resonate in your heart.

We can spend our lives suffering over things we lack control over or we can cease these opportunities as gateways for our own liberation. We can free ourselves from the lies and hate that create nothing valuable. We have a choice with the outcome of today, to embrace the open-endedness of the human condition and look at it in a fresh, unfixated and an unbiased way.

 

When we become negative we pollenate in a way that does not help us grow, but squashes our light. We need to first look within and have compassion for ourselves. We need to shift into the uncertainty of not understanding some things rather than be so sure and seek to destroy or go into battle. Can we keep our differences in perspective?

When we dim our light and participate in negative energies, we lose our life force, we are subject to illness, addictions, bad relationships and so much more. If we shift into a place of really wanting to transform our lives, we can see that our enemies can be our greatest teachers. Those very moments we feel we are losing can create an inspiring comeback. People in our lives – all of them – are special messenger’s that show up to point out where we are fixed and where we need to be more in the flow. The comfort of always flowing is not a place you want to be too comfortable either. I have learned to find comfort in discomfort.

Some of fate may be in our hands, but much of fate is not. There are global reasons, national whys, personal agendas and more. For me, using prayer and meditation has helped me stay calm, pull back and learn to have faith in things. Most things find a way of working out or shifting and changing things in a way we need to learn to adapt. Panic, fear, bouncing around to the next best thing are weaker ways to cope. How can we be so certain or uncertain?

If you just can’t seem to shift, try to sit and sit still long enough to listen to the guru within for the answers. When we use discernment in our life and  sit back, we learn to be more conscious about how we really want to react. We can respond with intelligence vs. ignorance.

Learning to do these very things has helped me. I have been able stay in a marriage that comes with its challenges without running, it helped me raise a daughter through very difficult times and stay motivated to be all I can be, it helped me comeback when I had felt betrayed or lost an opportunity. I can only speak from my experience. I have received many gifts that I would not have known had I quite or always reacted poorly to change. I’m sure that love is a grace and fear is a curse. We create much of our own discomfort and pain through the choices we make that are not in alignment with our higher truths.

So what are we going to do about life and the many parts we lack control over? How will you handle these moments? My suggestion is to think ahead now. You need strategies to balance the areas you may know you are weak in. It’s important that we learn not to dim our light, but raise it especially when we or others experience the darkness. It will illuminate the soul.

Our nation needs us all to raise our vibration into a place of love not hate and global healing begins within. By shifting and changing through practice and right action, we do help the world gain some momentum. Our energy effects everyone around us and who we come in contact with. Get to know your own power & strength.

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