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Mother's tea cup: Ginger for aiding weight loss

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Ginger has been a renowned root for more than two thousand years. When one takes it as a tea, it warms one from head to toe. Some say they can feel their legs tingling with renewed circulation.

In the 18th century, ginger was used in blends to balance other herbs and soothe the stomach. In China, it is used for colds and chills, and it’s considered a “yang” tonic for spleen energy.

Ginger stimulates saliva, digestive enzymes for proteins and fats, and it increases metabolic heat to burn calories.

In addition, ginger is a gem for the heart. It lowers cholesterol, stabilizes blood pressure, and heart functions, helps to prevent clotting, and reduces the risk of heart attacks and stroke.

To make ginger tea, one will need 4 cups of water, and a 2-inch piece of ginger root. Of course, one may add honey and lemon slice, if they wish.

Peel the ginger root and slice it into thin slices. Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan. Once it is boiling, add the ginger. Cover it and reduce to a simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Strain the tea. Add honey and lemon to taste.

One great way to reap the benefits of ginger and moderate its head is in a blend with peppermint. That way, the warming effect of ginger is tamed by the cooling effect of peppermint, for an exhilarating brew that also brings harmony.

Ginger root is easily obtainable at most grocery stores in the Hampton Roads area.

However, ginger tea can be sold in tea bags with lemon, as well as with peppermint. There are many choices for the avid ginger tea lover sold at http://www.iherb.com. Use this coupon code, BER298, and save $5.00 at checkout.

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