While I actually love iced tea in all of its different flavors, hot tea has never been my favorite. Perhaps this is due to all of the times my mother thrust it upon me as a kid. 😝
Anytime I so much as sniffled or sneezed, here she’d come with a piping hot mug of black or green tea. Sometimes it’d have honey in it and other times it’d have lemon, but each and every time I was presented with hot tea, I wouldn’t want to drink it.
As an adult, I’ve tried to expand my horizons and explore ways to enjoy tea more regularly. Upon investigating new and unique teas from around the world, I learned that many of them not only have interesting flavors, but are said to provide distinct health benefits as well.
Recently, I purchased a box of ginger mango tea. Originally, I simply wanted to see if I’d actually like it. Despite having three cups of the stuff, I don’t recall whether I enjoyed it or not! But even if the flavor was agreeable at the time, I have not yet managed to fall in love with hot tea.
Perhaps this is why the box of ginger tea has been gathering dust in my tea cabinet for the past two months! 🤦🏽♀️
Now that my largely untouched tea collection has grown out of control, I’ve determined that it’s time to actually drink the tea opposed to merely hoarding it. And since the box of ginger mango tea was the smallest of the bunch, it seemed like a good place to start.
Besides, I love mango fruit and the robust flavor of ginger. 🥭
Taking to Google, I began researching ginger and all of its health benefits. After all, if I had to drink the stuff, the least it could do is be helpful! 😆
In addition to having been found to lower cholesterol and decrease inflammation in the body, ginger (tea) is said to be a good choice for those who are trying to lose weight. When I saw this I naturally thought, People who are trying to lose weight? That’s me! All of a sudden, the ginger tea seemed a lot more desirable.
You may be wondering how ginger can help those of us who wish to lose weight. That is a very good question!
According to Dr. Axe, the consumption of ginger can support weight loss by regulating blood sugar, inhibiting fat absorption, controlling appetite, and breaking down fat that has been stored in the body.
I’ve also read that ginger tea is helpful for women with PCOS, which I could totally benefit from.
If all that is said about ginger tea is true, I figure it is worth a try. And if not, I can just blame everything on the Internet. 😏
All this being said, I’ve decided to do a 13-day ginger tea challenge in order to see if it actually helps me lose weight. Thirteen days may not be an adequate amount of time to see results (a full 30 days would have definitely been better), but there were only thirteen tea bags left in the box. We shall simply have to make do for now.
After completing today’s workout, I took to the kitchen to make my very first cup. Let the ginger tea experiment commence! ☕️👩🏽🔬
The specific tea blend that I used was Yogi’s Mango Ginger, which is caffeine-free, non-GMO, and organic. ( fancy ) 👩🏽🌾
In addition to containing ginger root, the tea includes cinnamon bark, rooibos leaf, licorice root, fennel seed, cardamom pod, and mango. The tea apparently has organic passion fruit flavor as well. 🌿
As per the directions, the tea was steeped for seven minutes. I also added a quarter teaspoon of ground ginger, just for good measure. 🥄
Even though it would be ten times better to make ginger tea with freshly sliced ginger root, tea bags are what I have, so tea bags are what I’ll use. I’m going to try to look for fresh whole ginger at the store as soon as I can, so perhaps the effects of fresh vs. dried ginger can be compared after these initial thirteen days.
Overall, the tea was quite nice. The added ginger provided extra spiciness, which was warm and inviting. I decided against adding other things to it such as lemon or honey, but the flavor was pleasant as is.
My only complaint is that is gave me a hint of heartburn afterwards, which is apparently a normal side effect that some people experience. It didn’t last very long though, so that’s a good sign. However, if it continues to occur, I’ve learned that adding a touch of honey might help soothe the burning sensation; I’ll have to try that.
💁🏽♀️ Have any of you ever used ginger tea as a means of managing your weight or any other health conditions? If not, would you ever try it? Feel free to share your thoughts down below!
Even though I don’t expect anything wildly significant, I still look forward to seeing how the next few days will go. I will check back in at the end of the thirteen days to let you all know if ginger tea has managed to live up to its reputation. 🙂
Today’s Workout: 1 hour. Cardio + arms, back, chest. Body weight only.
Today was Day 38.
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