The Health Benefits of Homemade Ginger Tea

Ginger tea is possibly the most healthful beverage choice on the planet. Not only does it soothe the stomach, but it also reduces inflammation in the body and suppresses viruses.

These properties make it the ideal beverage choice when you have a cold or flu, but you don’t have to wait until you come down with something to drink ginger tea. Ginger tea can be enjoyed hot or cold, and the health benefits ring through year round.

A few of the many reasons to drink ginger tea:

Settle an upset stomach

Drinking ginger tea several times a day can help to settle your stomach and resolve any gastric inflammation present. Ginger also offers excellent antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties.

Enhance normal gastrointestinal function

Ginger tea is my top recommendation to patients for supporting healing in the gut. The potent anti-inflammatory substances found in ginger reduce inflammation in the body but are especially beneficial for healing inflammation in the stomach and intestines. It is especially ideal for chronic conditions like fibromyalgia that are almost always accompanied by digestive problems and food sensitivities.

Reduce inflammation in the body

Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory and can be very helpful for individuals recovering from chronic illnesses that are defined by inflammation, such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and Lyme disease.  Ginger is also known to reduce Herxheimer reactions associated with Lyme disease recovery because it works to reduce inflammation in the body.

Support the immune system

Fresh ginger has potent antiviral properties and can be very effective for suppressing viruses. Ginger is also a potent synergist, meaning it helps other herbs to work better. When combined with Immune Advantage™, a blend of science-backed ingredients for strengthening the body’s defense system, it is possible to turn a threatening viral illness into a mild event lasting only a couple of days.

Make your own ginger tea in 20 minutes!

1. Peel 1 large piece of ginger root by scraping it with the edge of a spoon and slice/chop into small pieces. Pieces should be enough for a significant handful.

2. Pour 1 gallon of water (preferably filtered spring water) into a large pot and add the ginger pieces. Bring to a boil.

3. Reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes. You’ll smell the ginger when its ready!

4. Turn up the flavor with these (optional) variations:

– Sweeten with honey, stevia, or sugar. Stir and allow sweetener to dissolve.

– Brew tea bags during the simmering process – green, black and chamomile tea are all good choices.

– Add a cinnamon stick, a pinch of cayenne pepper, or mint leaves

– Add a squeeze of lemon (wait until tea has cooled a bit).

All healing processes in the body are accelerated with regular consumption of ginger tea, so it’s time to make this beverage a part of your daily routine!

Reprinted with permission from Vital Plan.

Bill Rawls, MD is an advocate for individuals with fibromyalgia and related conditions. Board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Rawls has always focused his practice on health and wellness. After experiencing fibromyalgia and Lyme disease first hand, he shifted toward helping others with those conditions. He uses his passions for writing and study of natural herbal medicine to reach out to those left behind by the current healthcare system. Through books and health restoration protocols available through Vital Plan, he paves the way toward a better life. His latest book, Suffered Long Enough, puts the pieces together for fibromyalgia and Lyme disease sufferers and offers a safe pathway back to normal health.

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