Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Turmeric-Ginger-Lemon-Green Tea Tonic




I am a person who oftentimes resort to nature's wonders to improve my well-being, prevent some illness, if not cure them. I have my restrictions and I abide by my personal ethics and morals when it comes to tapping natural remedies.  Like I do not take bear biles for example because I am against the process of extracting such things from the poor animal.

I am more of processing, pureeing, boiling, etc. all sorts of fruits, vegetables, spices, and herbs despite their horrendous taste sometimes believing in the health benefits they can offer.

That said, here is  one of my usual hot drinks - Turmeric-Ginger-Lemon-Green Tea Tonic- specially when my tummy is "malfunctioning".

Before going any further, let me share with you some health benefits of Ginger and turmeric

1. Health Benefits of Ginger- Ginger is claimed to have numerous medicinal value - antibacterial, anti- inflamatory to anti nausea and treatment of sore throat. Here are a few of its health benefits according http://www.medicalhealthguide.com and http://www.dailymail.co.uk

-  ginger aids in digestion as it stimulates the taste buds, stoking a dull appetite, and triggering digestive secretions. 

-   It contains a potent antioxidant, gingerol, which helps cleanse the harmful chemicals our bodies produce when we’re worried, so ginger can help psychological stress too.’

-  Improves the absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients in the body.

-  Prevents and treat vomiting, motion sickness, and nausea. 

-  Ginger is anti infectious: Antibacterial, anti fungal, anti parasitic due to its chemical content called zingibain that kills and dissolves parasites and their eggs.

- It has anti inflammatory and antioxidant properties when take orally as well as when applied externally. It helps relieve inflammation related to arthritis, rheumatism, menstrual cramps, sprains and lumbago.
 
- Helps control cholesterol and prevent heart Disease.

- Treats colds, cough, sore throat, hoarseness, asthma and bronchitis; Nasal congestion.

-  It is also used as digestive aid for mild stomach upset,


2.  Health Benefits of Turmeric is good for the overall health of the digestive system.  Here are a few of the health benefits of turmeric according to http://www.sense-serendipity.com

-  Body and liver detoxifier
-  Boost immunity by improving liver function
-  Cleanses and purifies the blood
-  Eases symptoms of coughs and colds 
-  Improves circulation in the body
-  Improves skin complexion
-  Prevents internal bleed clotting
-  Protects liver tissue
-  Reduces bad cholesterol
-  Reduces inflammation – such as all types of arthritis and other inflammation
-  Stimulates secretion of bile which helps break down fat

Here's the recipe for my tonic.  Don't mind the taste.  Just close your eyes and do not breathe while drinking this :D if you cannot tolerate the taste.

TURMERIC GINGER LEMON GREEN TEA
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Ingredients :
 
Ginger - 5 slices
Turmeric Powder - 1 tsp  
Lemon - 2 tbsp
Green tea - 2 tea bag
Water -  2 c

Preparation :

1.  Place water and ginger in a pot and bring to a boil.
2.  Pour the ginger tisane in 2 empty cups. Steep green tea in each cup for 5 minutes.
Remove green tea bag. 
3.  Add 1/2 tsp of turmeric and 1 tbsp of lemon juice in each cup.  

Stir and enjoy





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