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    Sidestep health hassles with sweet delights that brim with body-healing ginger

    HOW GINGER REVITALIZES

    Fights colds and flu

    A ginger-spiked drink can help shore up your immune defenses within three hours, report experts from the American Medical Association. Credit goes to potent antiviral compounds that double the production of the proteins lining the lungs, making breathing easier and helping to quickly eliminate viruses.

    Nixes GI upset

    Compounds in ginger can help ease indigestion and prevent stomach upset. So say Taiwanese researchers, who found that ginger triggers muscle contractions to speed the passage of food through the GI tract, preventing post-meal bloat and nausea. The payoff: Study subjects who took ginger capsules digested their food 30% faster than those who were given a placebo, reducing the likelihood of stomach woes.

    Eases aches and pains

    Enjoying just 1 tsp. of ginger daily relieves chronic aches and stiffness in 63% of sufferers in just one week, according to research in the Journal of Arthritis. The reason: The gin-gerols suppress the production of enzymes responsible for pain-triggering inflammation.

    Green Tea Contentment

    2 green tea bags
    4 slices fresh ginger
    1 Tbs. honey
    2 tsp. lemon juice

    Bring 2 cups water to a boil. Add tea bags and remaining ingredients; steep 5 min. Strain into mugs. Garnish as desired.

    Makes 2 servings

    Per serving: Cal. 35 Pro. 0g Carb. 9g Fiber 0g Sug. 9g Chol. 0mg Sod. 3mg Total fat: 0g Sat. 0g Trans. 0g

    Bonus! Green tea helps sharpen focus by 133%

    Holiday-Spiced Apple Zinger

    2 apple cider tea bags
    4 slices fresh ginger
    2 cinnamon sticks
    2 whole cloves
    2 Tbs. honey

    In small pot, bring 2 cups water to a boil. Add tea bags and next 3 ingredients; remove from heat. Steep 5 min. Strain into mugs. Stir in honey. Garnish as desired.

    Makes 2 servings

    Per serving: Cal. 66 Pro. 0g Carb. 18g Fiber 0g Sug. 17g Chol. 0mg Sod. 3mg Total fat: 0g Sat. 0g Trans. 0g

    Bonus! A compound in cinnamon slashes blood-sugar spikes by 33%

    (GETTY (5). TEXT: ALYSSA SYBERTZ)

    Hibiscus-Honey Joy

    2 hibiscus tea bags
    4 slices fresh ginger
    1 Tbs. honey
    1 star anise pod
    1 sprig fresh rosemary

    Bring 2 cups water to a boil. Add tea bags and remaining ingredients. Remove from heat; steep 5 min. Strain into mugs; garnish as desired.

    Makes 2 servings

    Per serving: Cal. 32 Pro. 0g Carb. 9g Fiber 0g Sug. 9g Chol. 0mg Sod. 10mg Total fat: 0g Sat. 0g Trans. 0g

    Bonus! Polyphenols in hibiscus up the production of detox enzymes by 65%