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This delicious root has anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties, and also makes a great natural remedy for nausea. Ginger tends to warm you up, which helps stimulate circulation and sweat out toxins. Try soaking thin slices of fresh ginger root in boiling water for a yummy, healing tea, especially if you feel a cold coming on.
You've probably tasted this miracle spice in Indian food, but it has a host of other valuable benefits. According to Jessica Cooper of MindBodyGreen.com, turmeric is an antiseptic, antibacterial, liver detoxifier, and has been demonstrated to even prevent or slow the progression of certain cancers (in mice). You can cook with it, drink it as a tea, or take it in supplement form.
Apple Cider Vinegar (Unfiltered)
Apple cider vinegar is awesome, whether you use it in salad dressing, or dilute it and drink a couple of tablespoons in tea or as a tonic. According to WebMD.com, although some of its supposed benefits are unproven, it has indeed been shown to effectively lower blood sugar levels. Certainly, apple cider vinegar has antibiotic properties, and, says Readers Digest, can clear sinuses, help digestion, and more. It's also known to lower blood pressure and help with weight loss.
A great way to start the day is to squeeze a lemon wedge into a big glass of fresh water (room temperature). Drinking this refreshing tonic will get your digestive system moving, and lemon water helps your system maintain an alkaline pH balance, which is a major key to good health. If you feel you're coming down with a cold or flu, lemons are packed with Vitamin C as well.
It tastes great in almost any food, be it hummous, pizza or potatoes, and garlic is truly a miracle herb with many healing properties. Not only does it ward off vampires (kidding) it's actually anti-bacterial and antioxidant which makes it a great natural remedy. According to Herbwisdom.com, garlic boosts your immune system and circulation, and can lower blood pressure. And, of course, it prevents yeast infections.