Have you ever felt bloated, can’t lose that extra fat, especially around your middle? I know I’ve been down that road one to many times. I discovered a few natural ways to ease the discomfort and help your body’s metabolism to take off those unwanted pounds and let the gas out of your spare tire.
Botanical name: Zingiber officinale
Ginger goes back over 5,000 years and was used to clear up joint inflammation and indigestion. But it was expensive. A pound of ginger would cost a live sheep.¹ Ginger was recommended by Henry the VIII for fighting the plague when his daughter, Queen Elizabeth, created the first “gingerbread man“.
Ginger’s Full Nutritional Profile is pretty impressive. I should start growing my own ginger plant. Even though it’s a tropical plant it can be grown in containers in cooler climates and brought indoors. If you’re interested in growing your own ginger, here’s a great tutorial to show you how.
The Top 5 Health Benefits of Ginger
- Preventive – Supports the immune system
- Digestive – Prevents nausea
- Stress Buster – Relaxes muscles
- Joints and Swelling – Reduces pain and inflammation
- Heart Health – Increases blood circulation
Dr. Josh Axe – Top Health Benefits of Ginger Root
Drinking hot ginger tea releases the compounds gingerol and protease, increasing cardiovascular circulation. It’s effective in preventing nausea and easing vomiting from motion sickness, morning sickness, and chemotherapy, and can help reduce osteoarthritis pain and joint inflammation, sometimes even better than prescription drugs. It also protects against several cancers, including ovarian, colorectal, lung and breast cancers.²
Fasting with Ginger Tea and Lemon Water
When my intestines start grumbling, my abdomen is bloating as though I were nine months pregnant, I know it’s time to give my GI tract a much needed rest. This is often referred to as fasting. My first introduction to fasting was learning of Daniel in the Bible and his fast. He fasted for 10 days, drinking only water and eating only vegetables.
Daniel 1:8-16New International Version (NIV)
8 But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. 9 Now God had caused the official to show favor and compassion to Daniel, 10 but the official told Daniel, “I am afraid of my lord the king, who has assigned your[a] food and drink. Why should he see you looking worse than the other young men your age? The king would then have my head because of you.”
11 Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, 12 “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13 Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.” 14 So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days.
15 At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. 16 So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead.
My fast starts while I sleep. When I start the morning of my fast it is with tea and not coffee. I drink a lemon balm tea with ginger and fresh lemon. I often add just a little smidge of raw, local honey. But my lemon balm tea is sweet enough without the honey. I use lemon balm instead of lemon grass, as in the video below. Want my recipe for Lemon Balm and Ginger Tea? Stay tuned for more of my recipes using ginger…it’s not just for tea.
I drink a lot of fluids during my fasting, which lasts from midnight until around noon, with nothing but fluids. In between drinking the lemon balm and ginger tea, I switch to a glass of Lalomia Lemon Cooler. I drink filtered water in between the lemony drinks.
At noon I break my fast but only with vegetables, like Daniel did. Yesterday I ate a small portion of my Mexican Bean Salad around noon and again around 5 PM. In between I continued drinking my lemon and ginger fluids. This salad tastes so good! It’s great to eat anytime as a side dish or a main dish for a Meatless Monday…or any day.
Barbara Mendez – Ginger Tea
Today’s post was inspired by research into what would help my digestive bloating be less painful and severe. I hesitate to go to traditional doctors because they don’t seem to understand how the gut microbiome works. Any tests and/or treatments I’ve had in the past didn’t heal my problem, in fact most of the time it made things worse.
The common treatment for any ill these days is a pill. But for someone with GI issues, a pill can be the ill. Prescribing antibiotics destroys the gut microbiome, but what do they prescribe when you present with diverticulitis, Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis? Oral antibiotics. The dose that has to go through the gut (which will mess it up more) rather than intravenously which bypasses the gut. Just diagnostic procedures are harmful to the gut’s microbiome. Did you know that radiation of the abdomen can destroy certain gut microflora? What happened to “first do no harm”?
So I learned ways to relieve symptoms and try natural cures instead. I encourage you to listen to your own body and let it tell you what it needs. Do not hesitate if you feel you need emergency care, go to the nearest hospital or medical care provider, if you are experiencing extreme symptoms.
Here’s my latest movie inspiration….Miracles from Heaven. It inspired me and gave me hope. For that I am grateful.
¹ Ginger: History http://www.qginger.com/history.html
² What is Ginger Good For? http://foodfacts.mercola.com/ginger.html