Introduce regular use of lemon and ginger to your diet, for hair's sake.
As we continue to develop healthy habits that are not only beneficial to our hair health, but our overall health - like Tabitha Brown, we are finding more 'simple, yet rewarding' ways to spruce up our daily lives and routines.
(If you want to learn more about why Ms. Brown decided to change her diet, click on the video below, otherwise, go 'head and skip to reading more on why and how we've included lemon and ginger to our daily diet.)
Adding lemon-ginger infusions to our daily routine is not only healing to the body, but also the soul. This mixture has high amounts of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
[‘Anitioxidants, what are those - again?’ Growing up, “antioxidants” was a term that we often heard in our household as our mom stocked piled Lipton Tea every winter. We knew ‘antioxidants’ were good for you and ‘the more the better’... Well, now we know ‘a bit more’ - antioxidants are compounds that may protect your cells against free radicals, which may play a role in heart disease, cancer and other disorders. Free radicals are atoms that are produced as your body breaks down food and other foreign substances like tobacco smoke, radiation, etc. (Mayo Clinic.org)].
…If you’re anything like us, you want to know more about anything that is naturally beneficial for the mind, body, and soul.
Well, with that in mind, we will briefly unpack why you should also consider introducing this widely available (root) herb + citron fruit infusion to your daily regimen.
The regular consumption of these two naturally-derived ingredients will not only help to improve the appearance of your accessory organs (hair, skin, and nails), but will also: help your body fight off short-term viral infections; boost your mood; help you stop forgetting why you went into the next room (memory and cognitive support), boost collagen production (an essential protein needed for hair and skin development); help protect your body from disease, etc…
This natural detoxifying blend increases quality hair growth via its influence on our metabolic system.
Research suggests that this mix helps to support our system’s ability to:
- accept oxygen into our cells
- properly digest foods and use energy from the foods we eat
- properly circulate blood
- grow and repair cells (including the ones related to hair and its growth)
Other benefits of lemon and ginger (when ingested). This combo:
- is rich in antioxidants and vitamin C - which boosts immunity and our body’s ability to fight off harmful free radical cells, cold, flu and other illnesses
- is rich in flavonoids - compounds that help our bodies fight oxidant damage and diseases related to cognitive/ memory disorders
- may lower your risk of heart disease, cancer, and kidney stones
- is rich in pectin (soluable fiber), potassium, vitamin B6, hesperidin (an antioxidant that strengthens your blood vessels and prevents fatty deposits inside your arteries), diosmin (an antioxidant that reduces inflammation in your blood vessels), d-limonene (a compound that helps to relieve nausea/stomach reflux).
How do we make it apart of our daily lives?
Sometimes, we just use a lemon and grate ginger into a cup (straight - no chaser), then add hot water, but for the mornings where we struggle and rather something ‘a bit more’ comforting, we opt for a cup of hot tea using the following homeade simple tea syrup recipe.
How To Make Lemon Ginger Tea Sryup?
This is a simple recipe for homemade lemon-ginger syrup that can be used to make either hot or cold tea. We decided on raw honey as a natural-based sweetener. Raw honey also has amazing properties that present ‘cold season’ support - it is an ‘anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial agent. People commonly use honey orally to treat coughs and topically to treat burns and promote wound healing.’ (Mayo Clinic)
For this recipe, you will need:
- 1 lemon (juiced)
- ½ cup of ginger (sliced)
- ½ cup of raw honey
- Optional (cucumber for garnish)
Method we use (feel free to share yours with us in the comments :):
- In a glass jar, mix all the ingredients.
- Allow the ginger to steep for a few hours. You can also leave the jar in the refrigerator overnight.
- The juices of both the lemon and ginger infused with the honey give a thick syrup.
- Add 1-2 spoonfuls of this syrup to a cup of hot water to make a healthy and delicious tea.
- Add optional cucumber (garnish) - make it fancy for yourself and others :)
If you don’t want to make a syrup, you can also make fresh lemon ginger tea by adding lemon juice and a piece of ginger to boiling water.
Warning: We are not doctors. Please talk to your physician before adjusting the diet advised by him/her. Also, stop drinking this if at anytime you are experiencing heartburn or upset stomach.