My stomach and I have not been living in perfect harmony during the past few years. I could hardly eat anything without looking like a balloon afterwards, not to mention the horrible pain in my stomach.
It finally occurred to me that there was a possibility of a heightened immune response to gluten, my family has a history of coeliac disease after all. Of course I should have been wise enough to visit a doctor, but… it’s easy to test this kind of immune response by following a gluten free diet for few months. If the symptoms are caused by gluten, they should ease during that time. And what happened? After two or three months on the diet I began to feel significantly better.
A glassful of power
On the advice of my eldest daughter I include a particular drink in my daily routines – a drink, which I first called “Poison”, owing to its bad taste. I could hardly swallow it at first, but nowadays I even enjoy the taste.
The ingredients of my daily drink are:
- green tea
- a small piece of fresh ginger
- a small piece of fresh turmeric
- a tablespoon of honey
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 tablespoons of apple vinegar
- ½ dL lemon juice
How to make the drink
Peel and cut ginger and turmeric in small pieces (which will award you with lovely yellow fingers) and put them in a tea strainer . Then put the strainer, green tea, a cinnamon stick and honey in a glass and pour some boiling water on them – about half a glass. Let the drink cool a bit and add the apple vinegar. After 15 minutes of stewing add the lemon juice and it is ready.
How it affects your health (Net examinations)
Green tea contains polyphenols like flavonoids and catechins, which can reduce the formation of free radicals in the body, protecting cells and molecules from damage. These free radicals play a great role in all sorts of diseases.
Green tea does more than just keep you awake, it can also make you smarter. Green tea also increases fat burning and antioxidants in it may lower your risk of various types of cancer, as well as of risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. A risk of getting a heart disease and stroke will get significantly lower.
Ginger is one of the most healthiest spices in the world. It has been used to help digestion and nausea as well as to fight the flu and common cold. Ginger can also help treat chronic indigestion. And just like green tea, it contains a substance that may help prevent cancer.
Turmeric may also be one of the most effective nutritional supplements in existence. Curcumine is the main active ingredinet in turmeric and it has a powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. Black pepper with curcumin enhances the absorption of curcumin by 2000%, so eat black pepper as well when eating turmeric. Curcumin leads to various improvements that can lower your risk of heart disease and, believe or not, there is also the possibility that it could help improve your memory and make you smarter.
Honey reduces ulcers and other gastrointestinal disorders. It is also anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, it helps with cough and flu and it strengthens the immune system. And as every woman knows, honey is good for the skin.
Lemons are an important source of vitamin C and act as immunity booster. They help in controlling blood pressure and reduce acidity, pain and inflammation. They also help prevent the growth of cancer. Lemons have anti-ageing and anti-inflammatory properties and just like honey they are good for the skin.
If you now became interested in this subject, you can find a lot more information on the internet.
Spruce needles are exceptionally high on vitamin C. During wintertime they are an excellent source of vitamin C, frozen or dried. You can use them in food, you can make tea or you can eat them as they are.
For the first time in my life I have collected spruce tips and frozen them for later use. Time to collect them has come and gone for this year, but if you have intentions to act on this remember to ask the landowner’s permission first before you collect them. I remembered to ask – myself, and I got the permission to pick the tips from my very own spruce.