Saturday, March 20, 2010

Honey, Lemon, Ginger, Cinnamon, Garlic...Oh My!


Spring time. I love it. I love the little buds on the trees, the tulips starting to come up and no more long johns, yippee! The desire to feel the sun on my skin and absorb real vitamin D has me wearing less clothes than the temperature outside agrees with. This, along with all those new spores of life floating around, can lead to colds and those annoying allergies, ruining all my flower sniffing abilities. But instead of popping cold pills like Pez candy and walking around like you're on speed, how about a good old fashioned healthy remedy that you can make in about 5 minutes? I'm going to give it to you but, of course, I'm also going to give you the breakdown of the wonders of these ingredients. It's astonishing to me that people have been healing themselves naturally since the beginning of civilization, yet since pharmaceuticals have taken over the world, we just trust that masking our symptoms with drugs is better for us. Do you ever stop to wonder about that? Do you ever think that artificially flavoured honey lemon lozenges can't really be better for you than real lemon and honey? Taking Neo Citroen before bed either puts me into a coma or has me sweating and shaking like a junkie going through withdrawals, how can this be helping my cold, really? You can go to www.drugs.com and look up decongestants and analgesics, which is what our over the counter cold and flu remedies fall under. The lists of warnings and side affects are overwhelming. One of the many side effects of ibuprofen was, "If you are vomiting blood or anything that resembles coffee grounds, please consult your physician." What the hell? The common warnings, such as "Do not take if you have the following health issues" or "Take only as directed," "Dose not likely to cause problems or birth defects in fetuses," kind of creeps me out. Not likely, um, I don't know if I'm willing to chance myself on a not likely. What if the warning said, "Your head might explode?" Would you still chance it? No, right? But are warnings like: convulsions, seizures, hallucinations, mental changes, severe stomach cramps okay with you? I have a dear friend that had a severe reaction to Tylenol. When he shared his story with me he felt, in his words, at the time, he was going to die. This friend is a very cool, stand up, kinda tough, guy, so to hear this from him meant it was pretty serious. I'm not saying to never take a pill ever again, I'm just suggesting to maybe try a remedy that could work and not have to be taken with food to protect your stomach walls from rotting. So, my little remedy is simple. Raw honey, fresh ginger, fresh lemon, raw crushed garlic and some cinnamon. I'm going to cover the healing properties of these special guys and give you a recipe. For those of you that really care and are food nerds, read on, the rest can just trust me and skip to the drink portion.

Raw Honey

It must be raw honey. Raw honey has all the good stuff. Heating it kills all the live enzymes and nutritional elements. Raw honey is an alkaline forming food which means it doesn't ferment in your stomach, this is great for digestion. It contains B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, amino acids, calcium, zinc, copper, iron, potassium, magnesium, manganese and a healthy glycemic index. This means it's naturally occurring sugars can be gradually absorbed into the bloodstream, resulting in better digestion. It also contains amylase, an enzyme which helps pre digest starchy foods. Raw honey has 5000 live enzymes. It is an antioxidant and proven immune booster. It helps metabolize cholesterol and fatty acids and is a wonderful sugar replacement. Refined sugar is void of any vitamins and minerals. The body has to use it's own valuable nutrients to digest it. Raw honey supplies energy. It has been shown to boost performance, endurance and reduce muscle fatigue in athletes. When mixed with lemon and ginger, it relieves nausea, soothes sore throats and helps to relax you. So take that cough syrup! Raw honey kicks butt! Raw honey is available at all health food stores and in some grocery stores. **It must be unpasteurized, raw honey you are buying, anything else will be vitamin, enzyme and nutrient free. (p.s. Manuka raw honey is the best)


Ginger

This little gem of a root has 12 antioxidants. It has been used for healing for as long as we've recorded history. It is a rubefacient which means it can be applied topically to skin. It causes the skin to warm up, the blood rushes to the area and brings relief. This applies to sore throats. Ginger has antiviral compounds which are effective against reducing the common cold and flu symptoms. It is also an anti inflammatory and has been used in relief for joint diseases, arthritis, rheumatism and osteoarthritis. Ginger lowers cholesterol. It releases an enzyme that aids in digestion and gives relief from nausea, bloating and gas. Some other good things are protein, calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and fiber, all which live in the ginger crib. But even more impressive is that studies done at the University of Maryland recently showed that ginger effectively killed human ovarian and colorectal cancer cells in laboratory tests. Obviously not a cure, but I don't think your Contact C pills can do that.

Lemons

A lemon is a natural antiseptic. That means it is an agent preventing sepsis(the presence of pathogen bacteria). It is anti scorbic, it prevents disease by cleansing the system of impurities. It is loaded with Vitamin C. Vitamin C neutralizes free radicals in the body. Free radicals can interact with the healthy cells in the body, damaging them and causing inflammation and swelling. Lemons have unique flavonoid compounds that have antioxidant and anti cancer properties. Laboratory tests with human cells using citrus fruits tested positively in fighting cancers of the mouth, skin, lung, breast, stomach and colon. Lemons are heartburn, bloating and digestive aids. Lemon juice alleviates constipation and cleanses the liver and kidneys. Hmmm, what else? Oh ya, lemon juice flushes out bad bacteria in the urinary tract, kills intestinal worms, dislodges phlegm and cleans the mouth. *Tip: suck on a lemon if you think someone is going to kiss you. So, how's that for some good stuff? Most importantly, natural vitamin C is considerably more effective than synthetic vitamin C and when mixed with ginger and raw honey, is absorbed properly into the body. "Eat an orange, avoid a pill," that should be your mantra.

Fresh Garlic

I love garlic, love it! I know some people have sensitivities or don't like it, so you may omit this from the drink. But it's really good for you. If you do omit it from your drink, try to have some crushed up in a salad dressing or how ever you like, just make sure it's raw so you benefit from all the good stuff.
Garlic is a natural antibiotic. Numerous studies have proven it to be a bacterial, fungal and virus killing machine. Go Garlic Go! The added bonus is that the body doesn't build up a natural resistance to garlic like it does prescribed antibiotics. Garlic has been proven to lower cholesterol as well. Wow, take ginger, lemon, honey and garlic all together and your arteries will function like a Indy 500 racetrack.
*Important: Garlic contains the amino acid alliin. When crushed and chopped, garlic releases the enzyme allinase which acts as a catalyst to transform alliin to allicin. Allicin is a powerful antibiotic. Unfortunately, cooking kills allicin and not chopping garlic keeps allicin from forming, so...you have to eat garlic raw and chopped to reap it's rewards.
Refrigeration may slow the degradation but the longer it sits the more it loses it's health benefits. Do not buy pre chopped garlic, garlic paste or pickled garlic if you want to use it for your health. Buy it fresh, chop it yourself. It's easy. It takes about 30 seconds, I timed it, seriously.

Cinnamon

The U.S Department of Agriculture recently released a study that showed reduced proliferation of Leukemia and Lymphoma cancer cells using cinnamon. Copenhagen University conducted a study over 5 years with over 700 arthritis sufferers. They were given 1/2 tsp of cinnamon with 1/2 tsp of raw honey daily. Patients saw a significant relief in pain after only one week and were able to walk without pain after only one month. Cinnamon has been proven to have a regulatory effect on the blood and blood sugar levels and is now being suggested as a daily supplement to Type 2 diabetes patients. Only 1/2 tsp of cinnamon a day has been shown by numerous studies to lower cholesterol. Cinnamon is high in manganese, fiber, iron and calcium. Bring on the cinnamon baby!

Whew, that was a lot of information. You don't have to take it all in right now, look back and peruse it at your leisure. But at least think about all the great things nature has given us? Whether you believe in God or not, something designed this universe. And when you look at how we all develop, grow and live from something as simple as an amoeba to a complex human being, all the tools to survive have been given to us by nature. Did you know that 25% of all the drugs manufactured come from only 1% of natural sources? The rest are completely synthetic, trying to copy what is already there, right in front of us. My great grandmother lived to 100 years old. She took long walks everyday. There was no such thing as Xanax, Lipitor or Extra Strength Dristan in her day. She had her tea with lemon and honey and a "wee droppie" of scotch, everyday. If she was sick, a mustard poultice was smeared on her chest and she went to bed. She had to make her food, not microwave it. I think all of this matters. It really does. Drink your Food Bully Tea, do it!

The Food Bully "Kickin Up Yo' Health" Tea

I should also mention that Justin and I drink this almost every day. Neither of us have been sick in over two years.

1 inch of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1 lemon
2 tsp raw honey
1 tsp cinnamon
organic white, green or herbal tea of your choice
1 clove of garlic, minced (optional)

Fill the kettle, boil water. Meanwhile divide ginger into two tea cups. Place 1 tsp of raw honey, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, juice of half a lemon and a tea bag into each cup. Pour boiled water over and let steep 2-3 minutes. You may filter or strain tea but the chunks of ginger are good for you. If using the garlic, stir in at the last minute to preserve nutrients. Have this once a day if healthy, but if you are sick, drink 3-4 times a day.

53 comments:

  1. Ok food bully-ees. This stuff is no joke. I had lost my voice the other day and just happened to pop by Kristy's house. She made me this drink (sans le garlic and cinnamon) and by the end of it I was already feeling energized and soothed. But the good energized not the scary red bull, jittery filled chemically induced kind. For those of you who think I might just be saying this so Kristy will let me spend more time with her wonderful dog Brando....you are half right. But I'm tellin ya it really works. Better than coffee, better than red bull, drink it even if you are not sick. My voice came back in two days whereas it usually takes up to a week. Thanks Good Food Bully. Bully on my friend.
    Love
    Singing in the shower once again

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  2. I'm so happy to hear you are singing again. You may come and see Brando whenever you like, he has a crush on you and your lemony, ginger, honey breath. Drink on my friend. xo

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  3. Hi Kristi,

    I love your blog but have a question. If heating kills the live enzymes etc. in raw honey wouldn't the hot water in tea do the same?

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  4. Thanks for the good question. The temperature during pasteurization is much higher than the hot water. The best choice would be to stir it in after it steeps for a bit, once the water has cooled a little. Eating the honey cold and not adding it to the tea would be the most beneficial for but you will still gain some of the nutritional value adding it to the tea. Now go have some yummy tea.

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  5. Triamazon tea is excellent too, just empty one 500mg capsule into a cup with hot water and hey presto, you have a magical cancer killing brew.

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  6. Thank you so much Anton for the tip, I love it and love that you have given us such a great suggestion. Let's all get healthy using nature's abundance, that's why it's here. Boo ya!

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  7. I have been feeling like crap all day and was laying down thinking i would make myself some ginger tea, as i have been unwell with (fybromyalgia- i hate giving it a name) i thought id google effects of ginger on the thyroid, and up came your site and what is even better I have been having manuka honey- but not as much as i now intend to. I also love lemon and cinnamon,so I will now live on this brew!! thanks

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  8. This is amazing! This morning I made a paste of grated ginger, chopped garlic, raw honey and 1/2 tsp of organic cinnamon and washed it down with water. It tasted like natural candy. I thought that I should add some lemon juice so I am going to get it tomorrow morning. I had never heard of anything like this so I did a search and found your site! I love the idea of a tea made out of all of these ingredients! Thank you for posting this!

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  9. Good article. Very educative and informative. Pharmaceutical medications are just imitations of natural healing products, and we must not forget that imitations are limitations. Take the natural boosters and the positive results are overwhelming!

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  10. "Imitations are limitations." I love this! Thank you for the great comment and quote.

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  11. These food are really important for our health. Always include them in your diet to avoid health complications.

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  13. What about those who cannot take tea (even light)because of the cafeine content? Wouldn't pure water do the same job? Curious to know!

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    1. Of course, water and herbal tea are both great choices.

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  14. This is fantastic! I'm a singer/singing teacher so I've been having honey and lemon to drink for years and years.. then a few years ago (whilst still doing my music degree) I was really sick and had no voice... a friend prescribed adding ginger into the mix and hey presto! My voice was back in an instant! It's so good to see the science behind WHY all these things are good for you (not that I doubted it) and even better to explain to students! I shall have to add the rest of these wonder foods into my original recipe...I have to say I've never infused my honey and lemon drink with proper tea... I'd always had it just as is. It still works that way if people don't wish to add the caffeine into their diet.

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  15. Absolutely you can drink this without caffeine! Please do, it's even better for you. As you can see above, my recipe includes herbal tea which is caffeine free, but, please feel free to omit all tea if you don't agree with it and just make up a delicious concoction of your own. White and green teas are wonderful antioxidants for those of you that drink them. Just make sure thy are organic to avoid any pesticides.

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  16. I've just discovered your you...very enlightening. Can you please tell me ...triamazon tea...where can I get this. I have a friend that is quite sick and would love to get some for her

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  17. There are a few websites in Canada that will sell it. You may be able to buy it in your local health food store as well, or ask them to order it in. You can also type it into a search engine as well for information in your area. Good luck and I hope you can find it. Pau D'Arco works well too and is available everywhere. All the best to your friend.

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  18. Dear Kristi:
    My nanny, all of a sudden started getting sick. Kind of a cold or a head cold, you could say. I gave her a brew of fresh ginger, cinnamon sticks, lemon and raw honey. I had heard about it from an Indian friend of mine. My nanny has high blood pressure and cold medicines aren't good for her. I have to tell you, she is 75% better today! I couldn't believe it so, I searched this combo and this site came up. It really works! So, I thought to ask you, if this cocktail could be good for weight loss?
    Many thanks,
    Lily

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    1. Yes, I think it would be good to have 30 minutes before you eat, omit the honey and add a pinch of cayenne pepper. It will kick start your metabolism and get your digestive juices ready for action!

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  19. This morning I put one teaspoon of cinnamon into a cup, put boiling water over it, a little fresh ginger, a little lemon juice and then honey. There was a mass like gelatine on the bottom. Is it all right? Best regards from Croatia, Elizabeta

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  20. Yes, that is fine, you could eat it that way, or pour more hot water over it and drink it as a tea. Hope you enjoy it. All the best, Kristi

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  21. My 13 year old daughter made me a ginger cinnamon honey drink last might. I had been struggling with a head cold that was heading to my chest and making me miserable. This morning I feel so much better - she used ginger paste strained through a coffee filter. I was at first not receptive, she went through a "concoction" phase a while back. I have come to your site googling my "good" morning! Thanks for the details cant wait to tell Meg what a good job she has done:-)

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  22. the best ever remedy. Thumbs up.

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  23. Hiya! About that gelatinous mass at the bottom of the cup....any ideas as to what that is or what causes it? Other than that, its the second day of my cold and fisrst day of this simple natural remedy. I will update. I admit that I went and bought a box of cold and flu meds. Never even touched the stuff. The all contain polyethylene glycol and propylene glycol...look these up for urself and see how toxic they r when they simply come into contact with your skin...yet these companies want you to actualy ingest this.I'm so glad nature is in our corner

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    1. You might try using an empty water bottle or anything that you can shake up the mixture in instead of stirring; that way you are able to get all of the ingredients to better dissolve into the water.

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  26. Really great article. I had to laugh at your descriptions. It is so true. I started my Cinnamon company primarily because I was so sick and tired of taking my allergy medication. And when winter came, the cough syrup would leave me dazed. And the Allegra was killing my liver. Then I discovered that Apple Cider Vinegar cured all my allergies including coughs.

    I took it a further step and discovered Ceylon Cinnamon is another great compliment to health living.. Even though I was born in Sri Lanka I never knew the benefits of Ceylon Cinnamon Tea. Compared to the Cassia Cinnamon you get in the stores on the US. Ceylon Cinnamon has ultra low Coumarin levels. Coumarin in high doses causes liver failure. So If you are taking Cinnamon Tea every day, switch to Ceylon Cinnamon. You can take it every day without any worries whatsoever.

    Funnily enough when we were developing our Cinnamon Tea, we discovered that most Cinnamon Tea is made with natural flavoring, which is as bad as artificial flavoring. Then we considered putting in small bits of Cinnamon Bark in the Tea. But that did not deliver enough Cinnamon. So we decided to put in Cinnamon Bark Oil which is just fabulous. Expensive but well worth it to get enough real Cinnamon in a convenient Tea bag with high quality Tea. And Cinnamon works so well with honey, lemon and orange. So please give our Cinnamon Tea a try.
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  27. have heard that using organic apple cider vinegar with raw honey,ginger juice,garlic juice and lemon juice turns out to be a magic potion. cures series of diseases. any expert opinion on this

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    1. I have heard that also from a woman that used to do colonics for me , She said it SUPER detoxes your system!! I did it for 3 weeks and was a completely new person . Try it!!!! :)

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  28. Could i make a pitcher of this to last the week or would it lose its nutrients?

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    1. There would be some nutrients left but, like every fruit and vegetable, once it is chopped or peeled or even picked the nutrients start to slowly decline. But, that being said, it is still better for you than cold medication. You could try making the tea and then just quickly squeeze in some fresh lemon, grate some ginger and eat a spoonful of raw honey. That would be quick and easy and the honey would not be heated, which would leave all the enzymes intact.

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  29. i've had the flu for about 5 days now, and after my girlfriend and her cousin got me to start drinking a tea consisting of fresh cut ginger, a large slice of lemon - a large slice for a cup, or a whole lemon for a pot - and some cinnamon, I am essentially sickness free a day and a half later. typically the flu will stay with me for a full 2 weeks and I find myself getting sick very often, but I think I'll be drinking this every morning now. I can seriously and genuinely attest to how well this works.

    i'll try getting raw garlic in my day as well, thank you for the tip. I cook with it all the time but knowing it loses that amino acid in the process is important to note.

    i've yet to try this as a cold drink, but will be giving it a shot soon! for those that enjoy tea, this mixture works REALLY well as a tea (I am not really too big on drinking tea so that's coming from a tea-novice).

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  30. sampson baffour AwuahJanuary 17, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    My Dad died if Diabetes.2012 December I was weighing 172 LBs.I was watching Dr OZ show and I decided to follow him.I bought GREEN COFFE BEAN SOVETEL brand.After work I will blend the whole lemon,and Ginger,and strain it.I drink one glass of the lemon/Gineer juice a day, my green coffe bean plus exercise seventeen days now I heve lost 12 pounds.Now I am going to add Fresh garlic and Cinnamon thank you Dr.OZ.

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  31. I have had diabetes for over 13 years and am sick of metformin so 2 weeks ago started using ginger, turmerick, brought down my sugars so well have quit drugs and now have ginger on everything, especially with lemon and honey. hot downunder now so drink it warm to cold.... great in yoghourt on all dinners......fantastic website thanks.

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    1. Thanks so much. Congratulations on working hard to get of the drugs and turn your sugars around. So happy for you, keep it up.

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  32. Is this ok to use during pregnancy? I hear that Raw Honey is not safe for the baby.

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    1. Yes, it is. Raw honey is not okay for babies to ingest directly during the first year of life. But it is fine for Mommies to eat it. It is a great cold remedy to take instead of pills since over the counter medications are harmful to the growing fetus. Congratulations on your pregnancy!

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  33. I just read it now but I like it you've done a great job for anylysing it step by step but I have a question 1. Is good for diet?
    2. Can a 5 year old take it?

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  34. Great info.After the tea,can I take my High Blood Pressure medication immediately? Or do I need to waited for an hr? Thks.

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  35. I have a question as well as a round of applaus for ginger root, honey and area honey...I take 45mg of armor thyroid early in the morning with water then a couple hours later I had my ginger lemon honey water...about an hour later I thought I needed to go to the restroom but all that happens is a flourescent yellow (kind of oily maybe) liquid comes out. This has happened several times but I normally drink it at night. I want to say that since I have started drinking this I have Not been sick with colds flus etc... Could you find out what this might be as it is a bit unusual..Thank you! Nameless

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  36. I see the recipe is for two people...If I wanted to use this in a thermos to bring to work in the morning, could I use the same amount (about two cups) and fill the thermos?
    So instead of dividing it in half, just put the amounts you have listed into a thermos...

    Thanks!!

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  37. hi there!
    when is it the best time to drink it? for i take it after a long day in the evening or after a meal!

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  38. Can you just make it in a drink instead of a tea and make say 7 "shots" for the week and keep them refrigerated?

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  39. I have been drinking a glass of water with one tablespoon of honey and two tablespoons of lemon juice every morning for two years. However the honey is off the grocery store shelf. Is the honey beneficial at all?

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  40. so glad I came across this site

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  41. Can I just use McCormick Cinnamon ground instead to mix with them if I don't have fresh cinnamon w/c I think I never have encountered yet in my whole life? and does this ground cinnamon gets expired. I remembering buying always but using once in a blue moon for cheese cake & get stored in the cabinet for years. Also, can I use yellow ginger aside from the regular ginger or are their both of equal benefits?.

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  42. I have been using 2 tsp of Raw Honey and 1 tsp if cinnamon in 1 cup of warm water for weight loss. Drink first thing in the morning and last thing at night before going to bed. When I started this I thought yeah right! It works...I have lost 2 sizes in 12 weeks.

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  43. Honey, lemon, cinnamon, ginger and green tea is so powerful! I also take garlic suppliments daily. I began this concoction to help relieve inflamation in my legs, knees and feet about 6 moths ago. I stand in the same spot 8 hours a day on concrete floors. This is so very painful and I was desperate for relief. I will never stop drinking this stuff! Not only did it take the inflamation and pain away in my legs knees and feet, it also has helped with the following as well. Relieves headaches, sore muscles, athritus, relievs fever, blood pressure, allergies, sinus congestion, flu/cold, heartburn and sour stomach, dizziness, nausia, tinnitus (ringing in ears), stress, anything related to the respitory system and immune system, energy booster, mental focus, hair growth, healthy skin (especially helpful on acne), extraordinarly strong appetite suppressant, and so much more. I can actually feel it working before I have even finished the 1st cup. I am very happy now. And want to encourage natural remedies to all. Experiment and pass it on!

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  44. I want to lose weight ,will this help?sunny.

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  45. Hello, just like to say I went and bought all the ingredients today, looked awful but taste is ok also I greated some of the lemon peel in aswell as read this is also mean to be quite good, made one for me and one for my husband as I dont like taking tablets and just wanted a tonic of some sort, this sounds great I hope it works. Do you have any advise on Diabetes and high blood pressure at all as my nan is feeling quite down in the dumps as she now has both and tries to keep as healthy as possible. Thanks S x

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  46. you got me. Just finished this one article and can't wait to get home and read the rest: You really doing good job.
    Have read about ginger/lemon/garlic before, but never actually tried the combination as a drink. I think I'm healthy in general but definitely want to improve some conditions. (slight, overweight, troubles with sleeping, bit too acidic body). All three ingredients are very healthy and helpful superfoods, so lets see what they can do together :-). I'm convinced it only can help

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