This spicy ginger tea recipe is perfect ice-cold before lunch on a hot summer's day; it is equally good in the evening as a warm tonic to help you sleep.
Use your favourite black, green or Rooibos tea. The ginger reportedly comes with a host of benefits, but I drink it mainly because I just love the taste.
Not readily seen, so I arrowed it in red, are a few seeds from a peppadew; it is a mild chili, for extra spice.
I confess, I started hunting for a recipe for a spicy ginger-tea when I came to myself, and admitted that a quart of beer every evening was not doing me any good.
But my constitution demands a lot of liquid, so what are the alternatives?
Ginger has been used for thousands of years for a variety of ailments which I will not comment on here, except that it is widely recommended for the nausea of pregnancy.
Many scientific studies have been done, and it is concluded unlike some other herbs and spices to be perfectly safe to drink.
As usual, supplement companies would rather you took it in capsules at many times the cost to you, and profit to them.
Disconcertingly, researchers found there was zero gingerol, the active ingredient, in some of the capsules.
Mostly we drink too little fluid, so this is an easy way to add a litre of water unspoiled with sugar, colouring and preservatives to your regimen.
Just as important to me is that the real flavour of fresh ginger, sweetened with a little raw honey, tastes far better than anything the cola companies can come up with.
I do find it odd that we are ready to pay far more, when it tastes not half as good just because it takes a few minutes to slice the ginger and allow it to steep; is it the attraction of a can?
Earlier I used unpeeled ginger, but I understand that much of it is sprayed with a herbicide to stop it from sprouting; so I scrape it off.
I only recommend a small amount of raw honey, especially if you are insulin resistant or diabetic; otherwise it will then give you an unnecessary spike in blood glucose.
Everyone should know their status in regard to diabetes, since more than half of the victims are walking the streets completely unaware that the sword of Damocles is hanging over their heads.
Lower down we comment on the proven liver-protection given by ginger.
Two common causes of cirrhosis are firstly booze and secondly the non-alcoholic fatty liver disease provoked not by a diet rich in butter and cream, but induced by the continuously raised blood glucose from frequent over-consumption of refined and simple carbohydrates; snacking on candy bars and colas.
Honey too, even in its raw form, should only be taken in small amounts. Even though I am a beekeeper, I limit myself to a maximum of two teaspoons a day.
In comparison, a litre of many soft and energy drinks contains over 30 teaspoons of sugar.
Artificial sweeteners are even more damaging incidentally than sugar and cause insulin resistance; they also demonise the microbiota in your colon.
Both freshly-squeezed lemons and limes are rich in an important antioxidant called limonin.
Chili seeds are the best source of another phytochemical called capsaicin that acts as an anti-inflammatory.
These are not just the claims of a mad hatter; type for example capsaicin research into Google and you will be astonished at the number of scientific papers in the literature.
Capsaicin health benefits would be a good start to your search.
Only use spring or rainwater; the chlorine would spoil your tea.
Spicy ginger tea recipe can be enjoyed as an icy cold refreshing drink, or as a warm tonic to improve your circulation.
Sip your tea slowly and, as you enjoy the rich flavours, you will find yourself relaxing as you retreat from the business of the day.
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Ginger has a quite spicy, sweetish flavour even before the addition of any honey. Our grandchildren have taken some time to get used to it, associating it with the bite of a chili; it is indeed moderately peppery. The scent is quite divine.
There are many bioactive ingredients in raw ginger, the most important of which is thought to be a phenol called gingerol.
Elsewhere, we will go into the various researched benefits of our spicy ginger tea recipe, but I will here comment on just one of them, since I raised the subject of enjoying it instead of beer.
Researchers have found that ginger does indeed reduce the oxidative stress associated with ethanol-induced liver toxicity; cirrhosis.
Those with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease would also benefit from this spicy ginger tea recipe, but without the honey; they have to go on a very low carbohydrate diet, or die; it is the only known cure. Read more about the Banting diet.
Actually researchers in South Korea are using beeswax successfully to manage NAFL disease as it is known; alas avoid the honey, but chew and swallow the comb. Simple sugars and refined carbohydrate are the devil.
"Do not eat any refined carbs, period."
- Dr Atkins
This was is what was so effective about his famous weight-loss program. Did you know the average American consumes nearly a cup of sugar a day? That amounts to 152 pounds in a year. Some after eat far more because there are health nuts around like Bernard Preston who try to keep it below three teaspoons a day. Chocolate undermines me very occasionally; that is okay.
These figures about sugar are from the the NH department of human and health services by the way; others say it is only 65 pounds a day; that is still a lot.
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