Anti-Inflammation ‘Ginger-Turmeric’ Tea

Its been a hectic week, one where my schedule is full with work, kids and during such times I love to wind down with herbal tea. I normally enjoy herbal infusions, but decided today I wanted to make something soothing. Instantly I thought of the ginger and turmeric. These are my favorite go to herbs especially during fall and winter, as they are great at warding off any oncoming coughs or colds.

I feel like this is such a common trait for so many of us. We lead such busy lives and with that we get pulled away from eating healthy food. Modern food has changed so much, it’s become the norm for people not to eat fresh, local seasonal food, instead people are eating fast food  out of convenience. Unfortunately, this fast food is causing inflammation which is a major root cause of disease. One of the important ways of healing our bodies, whatever it is that we may be suffering from, is to eat food that does not promote inflammation, along with making lifestyle changes such as stress reduction and having a  positive attitude.

I know first hand what having a stressful life can lead to. For two years I was in a stress filled job, I was unhappy, my hair was falling out, I had breakouts, I would snap at people around me, because I was worn out. I promised myself once I left that job that I would take better care of myself and loved ones. I started researching on the foods and herbs that can help the body heal and foods that fight inflammation.

Ginger has been found to have antioxidant, antibiotic and antimicrobial properties. Ginger is also great anti-nausea and anti-inflammatory properties. It is great for your heart as it has cholesterol and blood pressure regulating properties.

Turmeric contains curcumin that has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that have been linked to reduced risk of cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease and arthritis. It’s also great for your skin.

Try this wonderful Tonic anytime you feel under the whether or just as a general way of warding off disease.

Ingredients

4 cups filtered water

2  1 inch fresh turmeric

2 1 inch fresh ginger

Maple Syrup for sweetness or any sweetener of your choice

Juice of 5 key limes or lemon

1 Tbsp. Black Pepper

Directions

Take 1 cup of water and add peeled ginger and turmeric and put it inside the blender. Blend for 40 secs. Boil 3 cups of water. Once boiled pour in the ginger and turmeric mixture into the pot and add the lemon and black pepper.

After 10 mins of the mixture being boiled. Allow it to cool and add the maple syrup or honey. Next strain through a mesh sieve. Drink it warm in winter and over ice in summer. You can add a herb of your choice like rosemary or mint.

Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

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Eat right for healthy hair

Most women love their hair, short or long they want it healthy and thriving. I’ve had situations where my hair suffered from being pulled too hard, from mismanagement and also from stress. So I have had to learn how to take care and grow my hair.  From experience this is what I can share with you, eating healthy will change the body and health of your hair from within in a way that no product or salon treatment will do.

Now remember it does take more time to see hair changes than it does to see skin changes because hair follicle has to rebuild and hair grows only ¼- ½ an inch per month.

The health of your hair all depends on the nutrients you put in your body and the overall health of your body.

Beauty minerals such as sulfur. Copper, silicon are important to help keep the texture of your hair healthy and maintain its natural color.

But even if you eat all the right foods but your body is congested, the nutrients in the right food will not reach your haie. Foods thant can congest your body if eaten often are dairy, soy, wheat, animal fat and sugar. You need to constantly be clkeansing your body in order for your body to thrive, so that your body, skin and hair can benefit from the nutrients in the food that you eat.

Remember to always stay hydrated, as water hydrtaes the hair strands from the inside out. Otherwise you end up with dehydrated hair. Water also helps flush toxins out of the body which can stop your hair from growing at its optimum level. Dehydration can lead to issues like dandruff and slow hair growth because there is not enough moisture in the hair root to allow for new hair growth.

In the next few posts I will discuss with you the best foods to add to your diet for great healthy hair.