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Finals Week approaches, and so do tor­turous late nights of studying fueled by junk food and coffee. Fin­ishing term papers and being pre­pared for finals takes a toll on your body and sleep schedule, and while a suf­fi­cient amount of sleep might be ide­al­istic, you may not always have time.

To keep your immune system in peak form, try washing your snacks down with a boosted tonic.

Berry smoothies, carrot juice, garlic, and kale are all immune-system boosters, according to the internet. But a hot ginger drink has the benefit of dou­bling as a com­forting tea as well — and smells better than garlic. Found on The Juicery (with a few mod­i­fi­ca­tions) is this “Ginger Tea Tonic.”

Whip one up this Finals Week, for maximum health.

Ginger Tonic

Ingre­dients

Water

A stick of fresh ginger

Apple cider vinegar

Lemon

Honey (optional, but deli­cious)

Cayenne pepper

Instruc­tions

  1. Boil a cup of water. 
  2. Chop about one inch of the fresh ginger stick. Let steep in the boiling water for two minutes (or longer if you like a zing to your tea).
  3. Squeeze in fresh lemon to taste.
  4. Add one table­spoon of vinegar
  5. Add honey to taste, approx­i­mately one table­spoon.
  6. Add a pinch of cayenne for extra kick (make sure you’re OK with the spiciness of the ginger first).  

Pour into a travel mug so it stays warm until the library closes. Then go to bed. You won’t regret it.