We love lemon. And we love ginger. steep the two together? It’s a match made in heaven. Even though we’re weeks into 2023, we’re holding on lemon water is strong. It’s not one wellness trend we plan to cut ties with (someday). Starting the day with a squeeze of lemon is key to everything from hydration to immune support. That being said, why not get the most for your diet? There are a million ways to elevate your daily lemon water, but adding a dash of ginger reaps many rewards. Think: more robust flavor, added antioxidants and digestive relief. Lemon ginger tea benefits are a dime a dozen. In the functional spirit daily ritualsconsider adding lemon and ginger for your hydration station.
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Start your day with lemon water
Simple habit, big results. Don’t be fooled: even the smallest changes in your routine can have a lasting impact on your health. Start your day with, for example, lemon water. First of all, it helps with digestion. The acid in lemons can be helpful in regulating stomach acid levels. Although lemon juice is very acidic, small amounts – mixed with water – can have an alkalizing effect. On the other hand, lemon water can help neutralize the acid in your stomach. In addition, lemon water provides a healthy dose of vitamin C, antioxidants, and potassium.
How to make lemon water
Take a glass of filtered, room temperature water and squeeze in the juice of half a lemon. If your lemon is organic, throw in the peel too! You will add more nutrients. While it is a refreshing way to start your morningyou can enjoy lemon water all day. Of course, adding chia seeds, raw honey, mint leaves, or a dash of ginger will take your lemon water up a notch. Hydration never tasted so good.
Ginger: A medicinal healer
What is the compound responsible for ginger’s medicinal properties? Gingerol. Research indicates that gingerol may reduce excess inflammation. Therefore, ginger can be beneficial in managing the pain associated with certain diseases ie arthritis. Ginger can even lower the body’s blood sugar response, also. With its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, it is no wonder that ginger is often recommended for cold. When you feel under the weather – or struggling morning sickness or menstrual pain— Sipping lemon ginger tea is extra soothing.
What does lemon and ginger tea do for you?
Combine lemon – and its benefits – with ginger and its medicinal properties, and the two are a powerful combination. As a tea, lemon ginger is crisp yet warming – a soothing drink with many health benefits.
Relief of nausea. Lemon ginger tea is an effective treatment for nausea and vomiting.
Bottom insulin resistance. Lemon has been shown to reduce insulin resistance, which helps reduce the amount of (excess) fat stored in the body. Moreover, ginger has been shown to reduce hunger, which may help blood sugar balance.
Improved immunity. No surprise here. Lemon is packed with vitamin Cbut ginger also contains immune-boosting properties.
Reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases. Lemon and ginger contain components that are believed to help reduce the risks associated with certain heart diseases, such as high cholesterol.
How to make lemon ginger tea
You can probably find lemon ginger tea at your local grocery store. But for maximum benefit and flavor, make your own lemon ginger tea! It couldn’t be easier.
You will need this:
- 1-inch tip fresh ginger
- 1 lemon
- 4 cups boiling water
- Optional: raw honey or liquid stevia
How to brew:
- Remove the skin of the ginger (using a spoon!).
- Chop the fresh ginger very finely. Alternatively, you can also grate the ginger.
- Put the ginger in your kettle and let it boil for 15-20 minutes.
- Cut the lemon into fine slices, remove the seeds.
- Add the lemon slices and let the tea simmer for another five minutes.
- Say and drink! Feel free to add a dash of raw honey or a few drops of liquid stevia.
What is the best time to drink lemon and ginger?
In terms of benefits of lemon ginger tea, it does not really regardless of what time of day you drink it. However, we recommend sipping this herbal tonic to relax at the end of the day. Make lemon ginger tea the newest addition to yours night routine. It is soothing, warming and calming (without caffeine). Especially if you experience bloating or indigestionconsider a cup of lemon ginger tea to aid digestion.
Can you drink lemon ginger tea every day?
Absolutely! And you can drink several cups. But remember to consume a lot daily doses of ginger (more than two grams) can give you an upset stomach. If your stomach hurts, burns or cramps after drinking lemon ginger tea, reduce the amount of ginger you include – or use larger pieces of ginger in the infusion to decrease its intensity.
Who should not drink lemon ginger tea?
If you have a blood clot, bleeding disorder, or diabetes, you may need to avoid ginger. Ginger may also interact with blood thinners and medications for hypertension. Depending on your health conditions, talk to your doctor before you start brewing lemon ginger tea.