Friday, January 14, 2011

Fight off the flu with this delicious antioxidant rich heart warming ginger tea!

Fight off the flu with this delicious antioxidant rich heart warming ginger tea!

When it’s oh so cold out, this is the perfect way to warm up your heart and soul! As well as help to prevent or fight off the flu symptoms.

1/2 lemon
½ inch of grated fresh ginger or ½ tsp of organic ginger powder
Big handful of goji berries
Raw honey to taste

Bring a cup of filtered water to a boil, add ginger root and simmer for about 10 minutes. If using ginger powder, there is no need to simmer. Add goji berries and lemon. Let tea cool down a little before adding honey to get all the amazing healing benefits of raw honey. Sip away!

Ginger - Ginger tea boosts the body’s immune system against flu and cold viruses. Ginger will warm you up quickly and help your body to sweat out infection. Sweating out toxins helps you to recover quicker, and keeping warm helps you to relax which also helps you get plenty of rest. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, ginger is pungent in taste and relates to lungs, spleen, and stomach. In general, it is able to promote circulation of blood, facilitate sweating, dispel cold, stop vomiting, disperse phlegm, and cease cough. Ginger tea soothes the throat and your tummy!

Lemon–You need vitamin C for a healthy immune system and to increase resistance to all those "invading" microbes that your body is busy fighting. One lemon can provide 80% of our daily recommended amount of vitamin C. Studies have shown that the vitamin C in lemons is effective at boosting the immune system. It does this by encouraging the body to produce more white blood cells, which fight cold viruses. Lemon juice also soothes coughs, sore throats and wheezing and helps cut mucous.

Goji Berries - Goji berries are also very rich in vitamin C. Eating berries, like goji berries, is a great source to get your dose of vitamins as they also contain fiber and other antioxidants that you won't get from dietary supplements. Antioxidants help prevent disease from occurring by neutralizing the damaging free radicals that cause cellular damage. Goji berries are filled with powerful antioxidants, these special compounds help boost immune function and help repair cells damaged by free-radicals.

Raw Honey – as well as being delicious, raw honey is also medicinal. It is antibacterial and good for infections of all sorts. Buckwheat honey reduces the amount of coughing someone suffering from the flu has to endure. In addition, buckwheat honey has also been proven to soothe throat irritation.

By Annaliisa Kapp