Drink Your Skin to Good Health; Say Goodbye to Acne!Tuesday, April 23, 2013
I really like that photo, ah photoshop and your gradients... you make me happy! Anyway, one of my New Years resolutions was to drink a healthy drink once a day -excluding water. I had been drinking lots of tea but lately I decided to drink some ginger-lemon-honey tea since ginger and lemon are GREAT for you...and I was craving lemonade!
After about a week of drinking this daily though I noticed a difference in my skin! BONUS! So though I'd share with you guys. ^^ While researching it makes complete sense why this drink is popular. Sore throat? Acne due to inflammation or food sensitivities? Bloating? Digestive problems? Don't worry, we got you covered!
This is your super easy list of ingredients.
- Raw ginger root
- lemons or lemon juice
- honey (if you can, try to get raw/unpasteurized honey -no Billy Bee!)
Bam! So first cut out a piece of the ginger root. I decided to just cut off one of the little leg pieces since that was the easiest.
If I plan to make more than one glass I'd double that size. Plop it in the water and boil it in water for 5~10 minutes AFTER the water starts boiling. I think the longer you keep the ginger in, it releases more of the goodness it has inside.
Shut the burner off and while the pot is still on the burner, squeeze lemon juice/put lemon pieces in. A friend once told me it's best to add acidic items to water when it's hot. I'm not sure why, but he's studying to be a nurse so I'm just going to listen to him.
Add as much honey as you'd like, mix and voila! DONE! Alternatively you can just put everything and cold water and drink it like that (or wait for it to cool and add ice cubes) but I don't know if that's as effective.
Drink like you're cool and don't care what awesomeness you have in you glass.
WHY IT WORKS:
"...lemons and limes contain unique flavonoid compounds that have antioxidant and anti-cancer properties... Several other fascinating research studies on the healing properties of lemons and limes have shown that cell cycles—including the decision a cell makes about whether to divide (called mitosis) or die (apoptosis—are altered by lime juice, as are the activities of special immune cells called monocytes.
In addition to their unique phytonutrient properties, lemons and limes are an excellent source of vitamin C, one of the most important antioxidants in nature. Vitamin C is one of the main antioxidants found in food and the primary water-soluble antioxidant in the body. Vitamin C travels through the body neutralizing any free radicals with which it comes into contact in the aqueous environments in the body both inside and outside cells. Free radicals can interact with the healthy cells of the body, damaging them and their membranes, and also cause a lot of inflammation, or painful swelling, in the body. This is one of the reasons that vitamin C has been shown to be helpful for reducing some of the symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis." WHFoods
Basically, these guys are going to keep your skin (and body) looking -and feeling- younger.
"Ginger contains very potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols.
A study published in the November 2003 issue of Life Sciences suggests that at least one reason for ginger's beneficial effects is the free radical protection afforded by one of its active phenolic constituents, 6-gingero." WHFoods
Ginger’s most well-known medicinal use is as a digestive-aid, to relieve tummy pain, nausea and diarrhoea, as well as morning sickness and travel sickness. This is thought to be because of the spice’s high levels of gingerol; a powerful component that gives it its natural zingy flavour, and which acts as an anti-inflammatory in the body.
The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger are thought to provide pain relief in a number of ways, from halting migraines in their tracks, to easing the aches of arthritis.
Studies have started showing really exciting results on the effect ginger has on ovarian cancer: Although more research is needed, it seems that ginger has the ability to eliminate cancerous ovarian cells. It also seems to dramatically slow the progress of bowel cancer; encouraging news indeed! -- Gnet.org
Ginger is great for many a reasons (WHFoods writes out a great summary of these) but the anti-inflammatory properties is what we're happy about. Acne can be inflammation of the skin and even if you're suffering from hormonal acne, this stuff is going to help.
"Daily consumption of honey raises blood levels of protective antioxidant compounds in humans, according to research presented at the 227th meeting of the American Chemical Society in Anaheim, CA, March 28, 2004.
In addition to its reputation as Nature's nutritive sweetener, research also indicates that honey's unique composition makes it useful as an antimicrobial agent and antioxidant.
Raw Honey—An Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Viral, Anti-Fungal Substance" WHFoods
A great natural source of carbohydrates which provide strength and energy to our bodies, honey is known for its effectiveness in instantly boosting the performance, endurance and reduce muscle fatigue of athletes. Its natural sugars play an important role in preventing fatigue during exercise. The glucose in honey is absorbed by the body quickly and gives an immediate energy boost, while the fructose is absorbed more slowly providing sustained energy. It is known that honey has also been found to keep levels of blood sugar fairly constant compared to other types of sugar. -- Benefits of Honey
I dealt with hormonal acne for a while and since I have so many food sensitivities, my skin flares up anytime I eat something my body can't digest well. Cod Liver oil has helped me but that is expensive and you also need to be careful of the Vitamin A amount as well as mercury. I stopped taking that since I would get dizzy often so I drastically reduced how much I would intake and after I just stopped taking it.
Your skin is your body's biggest organ, so it's the last to receive all those nutrients you take in. This wont work after a day but if you keep it up you will notice a difference! My skin has a natural glow now and always feels great! Side benefit of drinking more water too. ^^ Try it!
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