It’s the end of a long week. Ryan was in Germany all week for work. When he travels it usually takes a few nights of sleeping in an empty house before I can actually sleep soundly. It doesn’t matter how old I get – this is just how it is and it makes me miss my tiny studio in NYC where I could see the door from my bed. Not that our house is huge – it’s just bigger than my tiny NYC studio and it’s an old house that makes funny noises sometimes.
After one sleepless night I found myself checking out the beverage counter at Whole Foods while I was grocery shopping. Chai latte? Sure, why not? It sounded like just the pick-me-up I needed.
And it was.
Until I was up again that night. Sigh.
I know caffeine is not my friend. I feel so much better without it, but getting there 5 years ago was not easy. How do you know if it’s time to ditch caffeine?
* get tummy aches regularly?
* battle with anxiety?
* feel moody?
* can’t make a #2 without it?
* feel sluggish or struggle with drops in energy?
If you answered yes to any of the above, then it might be time to reevaluate your caffeine intake. Depending on your symptoms I would recommend tapering slowly instead of going cold turkey. Eliminating my one to two cups of Joe every day five years ago was the most difficult dietary change I ever made. It was a rough couple of weeks, but it was without question, totally worth it.
Now when I do have caffeine it’s always tea, never coffee. I prefer my tea naturally caffeine-free. Like ginger tea. It’s warm, full of flavor and great for digestion.
In addition to its digestive and anti-inflammatory benefits, ginger helps clear mucus and calms nausea. Ginger helps promote healthy sweating, which not only assists detoxification, but may also help fight off infections. Research suggests that sweat contains a germ-fighting agent called dermicidin. It is secreted by the body’s sweat glands, and when it is transported to the skin’s surface, it protects against bacteria and other invading microorganisms.
Note: Ginger is a blood thinner so if you take blood thinner medication, please make sure you talk to your doctor before using ginger.
Peel a 2-inch piece of ginger root and cut into thin slices. Bring about 4 cups of water to a boil. Add the ginger to the water once it is boiling. Cover and reduce to a simmer for about 15 minutes. Strain and add honey and lemon if desired.