There’s a popular book and saying that says “hard times don’t last, but tough people do” and this saying could not be truer especially in light of the present economic situation of Nigeria, where the common man has found it increasingly hard to access the basic things of life including good healthcare.
That popular saying implies that there is a need for people to hang on at least until their lots change from bad to good using what is available to them in their times of challenges. And here are Proven 10 Foods That Boost Your Brainpower
Lemon-ginger Tea, Two Natural Healthy Combination
While trying to survive the hard times, people need to eat healthy foods (which may or may not be cheap anyways) and take drugs and medications just so they could preserve their health status.
With rising costs of drugs and medications, people often have to turn to natural sources for the solution to some of their health challenges. Luckily for humanity, nature has blessed us with many natural and healthy herbs to choose from, which have proven useful in boosting immunity and helping our overall health and wellness.
Lemon and ginger are two of nature’s blessings to humanity. Ginger which can be eaten fresh, dried or stored as a spice contains lots of different vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, vitamin B3 and B6, iron, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc.
One tablespoon of ginger contains 4.8 calories, 1.07 (g) of carbohydrate, 0.12 g of dietary fibre, 0.11 g of protein, 0.05 g fat and 0.1 g of sugar. Lemon on the other hand contains very little fat and protein, consisting mainly of carbs (10%) and water (88–89%). Find time to read How to Reduce Inflammation Instantly and Naturally at Home
It is only fair to say that considering the number of nutrients in those two, combining them to make a single entity could prove to be a masterstroke in solving some basic health challenges.
Below are five benefits of this mixture:
1. Boosts Immunity
Lemon is a known excellent source of vitamin C and antioxidants. These two components of lemon are known to possess immunity-boosting properties. On the other hand, two ginger compounds; gingerol and shogaol have immunity-boosing properties and help to fight off a cold because they can lower a fever, reduce pain, and suppress a cough.
2. Loss of Weight
For individuals looking to lose weight, this mixture could come in handy. Lemon has proven ability in helping to reduce insulin resistance, reducing the amount of fat stored in the body as a result. Ginger plays its role in this regard by reducing hunger, thereby reducing the frequency at which you eat.
3. Relieves Pain
The lemon-ginger tea is also a potent natural pain reliever, thanks to the anti-inflammatory properties of ginger. The tea has been known to help ease the pains of arthritis patients, people suffering from headaches and for treating menstrual cramps.
4. Relief From Nausea
Ginger is used for treating gastrointestinal issues, helping to relieve nauseous feelings, vomiting and constipation. Lemon is another great remedy for nausea as it contains neutralizing acids that form bicarbonates which bring relief.
5. Reduction of Cancer Risks
Some researchers have found that gingerol, an active compound in ginger has cancer-fighting properties. Added to that is the high antioxidant properties of ginger which is also known to prevent the growth of cancer cells. Lemons also contain citrus pectin and limonoids, two substances naturally occurring on their peels that have cancer-fighting properties.
Having highlighted some of the benefits of the lemon-ginger tea, let’s briefly see how we can prepare the potent mixture below:
1. Get an inch length of fresh ginger and one lemon;
2. Boil four (4) cups of water;
3. Slice or grate the one-inch length of fresh ginger as finely as you can;
4. Add the ginger to boiling water and allow the two to boil for 15 to 20 minutes;
5. Slice the lemon into fine aggregates;
6. Add the lemon slices to the mixture (boiling water and ginger) and allow the mixture to simmer for about 5 minutes.