3 Benefits of Ginger-Lemon and Honey Brew

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I started off 2018 with an oh so lovely upper respiratory infection. Not exactly the best way to launch into a new year. I was on about day 6 of feeling like complete garbage when I decided to try something other than OTC cold remedies. Since I was laid up on my couch during the coldest weather in years, I started looking into natural cold remedies.  Now I've always been a HUGE fan of lemon and ginger root but I wondered...what benefit it could have for my current cold situation? 

So here's what I found and why I will continue making this on the reg!

1. Anti-inflammatory
Ginger is a popular spice. It is high in gingerol, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

2. Immune Booster
Provides essential vitamins and minerals. It helps kick-start your system, remove toxins and can help protect the body from catching infections. In some studies, honey has performed consistently better as a cough suppressant in comparison to over-the-counter medicines. A little bit helps fight that scratchy throat. Like ginger, honey is also a natural antibacterial and antiviral, helping to boost your immune system.

3. Aids in Digestion
Now it's well known the health benefits of Lemon, a very rich source of Vitamin C. It also works as a detoxifying agent and improves gut health. The combination of honey and lemon makes you feel full for longer, and reduces cravings, and can help you maintain a healthy weight. Of course, regular exercise helps here too! 

To make your own batch you'll need...

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  • 2-3 inch piece of ginger, peeled and sliced (use less if you don’t want it to spicy)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 whole lemon sliced or quartered
  • Cinnamon stick
  • 5 whole cloves (optional)

In your pot add water, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and lemon.

Bring to a gentle boil and then simmer on low heat for 30 min. Remove from heat add honey and stir, let cool slightly. Strain it into your large mason jar drink warm and put the rest in the fridge. It's also delicious chilled! (If you have a sore throat reduce the amount of ginger root as it can further irritate an already sore throat.)

This magical combination can also help soothe sore muscles post workout, have been shown to help improve brain function and reduce menstrual cramps.

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*This worked for me but as with anything health related, consult your doctor if your have dietary concerns.