Author: Raqib Zaman
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  1. Ginger
  2. Coffee/Green Tea/Caffeine

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My observations of Ginger include the fact that it is an excellent one-time treatment against headaches, in the form of tea. Although it takes a little while to observes the effect, Ginger completely got rid of my migraine that I acquired while driving, or melting, in my Dad’s truck. Heat & perspiration decrease the amount of water that is in the blood, making the blood thick. The heart beats harder, and I believe the body compensates by dilating the blood vessels in order to make the heart’s job easier. The consequence of this dilation is a stellar headache that wants to make you say ‘stella!‘. The dilation of the blood vessels in the brain cause our world famous migraine.

Intake Methods:

  • Sub-lingual: Chew a little and keep in the mouth. Is effective
  • Ginger Tea: thin slices steeped in near-boiling water
  • Chew-n-Swallow: Good for de-worming parasites; but gives annoying small-but-constant gas. Stomach flora populations doesn’t like it. Chewing is good for teeth.

Anyway, ginger thins out the blood, counteracting the dilation of the blood vessels and making it easier for heart to do it’s job. Then ‘Poof’, the migraine is slain.

Again, Ginger is a blood thinner. It is most effective to take during the hot temperatures of summer months. Although one would feel flushed with heat, the long term effect of Ginger is to increase blood circulation to the peripherals. This is extremely effective in getting rid of excessive heat from the body.

By the same blood thinning property, Ginger should not be taken during the cold temperatures of the winter months. The blood thinning effect would allow for too much body heat to be released from the peripherals, rendering the user’s fingers and toes “frozen stiff”.

Along the same blood thinning principle, it is observed that (specifically for warmer temperatures) the body’s core temperature decreases, while the body’s peripheral temperature increases.

But heed my warning, Ginger should be taken no more than once/twice a week. Too much Ginger (tea), daily for example, can result in hypo-tension and delays blood clotting because of the blood thinning effect (That means it’s easier for you to bleed!). Also the energy boosting effect diminishes with daily use, and you even become weaker from chronic daily usage.

I also caution you from daily usage, because this herb is hard on the stomach. It has astringent, anti-microbial properties; which results in a bonus laxative effect. Daily usage of Ginger is hard on the gut bacteria that helps us with digestion and makes up a significant part of the immune system . But useful to know, Ginger is excellent for de-worming parasites from the body. That’s why a lot of Japanese people eat ginger slices with their sushi.

My final recommendation is that it is healthy for a person to drink Ginger tea once in a while; not all the time.

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Coffee/Green Tea/Caffeine

An awesome stimulant that has withstood the test of time, drunk by every programmer, and so esteemed by the programming community that it has achieved the title “Java”.

The most effective form of caffeine is found in Green tea. Mainly for the two reasons that it has a different effect on the body than coffee, and the way it is consumed. I believe that Green Tea dose not leave a person with mind-fog as much with coffee, and gives a nice-clean buzz. And it helps that green tea is something that is sipped slowly. Whereas coffee tends to drank in a rush. The reason why the rate-of-drinking matters is because caffeine is more effective in keeping a person awake when taken in small doses taken throughout the day. Taking caffeine (specifically coffee) all at once tends to produce burnout in people.

Drinking caffeine all at once can cause a person to become sleepy. My conjecture is that the high-dose of caffeine stimulates the bowl movement of the stomach, making food travel faster down the digestive tract than usual. This causes a sudden absence of food of in the digestive tract, alerting the body that there isn’t any more food left. The body detects this by the distension (abnormal pressure) of the gut, and the liver acts by releasing Glucagon, the glucose-storing hormone. This causes low blood glucose, and therefore temporary sleepiness-tiredness from the lack of blood glucose. I observe that this is common among habitual caffeine-at-ors.

Note that by weight, Tea Leaves has more caffeine than Coffee Beans, however people tend to use more coffee beans in one drink than tea leaves.

Also note that Green Tea has the added perks of combining with other leaves & herbs with a palatable taste, and require less preparation than coffee.

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