5 Health Benefits of Ginger

April 4, 2012

 

 

 

Let’s just get right into dirt with the benefits of adding Ginger to your diet. Basically, ginger is awesome and cultures have known this for centuries. It has been used not only as a delicious culinary spice, but for its many healing properties. Here’s why:

 

 

1. Anti – Inflammatory

 

Ginger is full of anti inflammatories. Inflammation is usually associated with heat, swelling, redness and pain in the body. When this happens inside the body, we often don’t notice this until one day the symptoms show up. Symptoms like back aches, headaches, joint pain, coughing could be early signs of inflammation to the body.  Arthritis is an example of chronic inflammation in the body.

 

2. Digestion

 

Ginger has a long tradition of being very effective in alleviating symptoms of gastrointestinal distress. Back in the day, ancient Greeks used to eat ginger after a large meal to ease the digestion process. Ginger contains special enzymes responsible for catalyzing the proteins in our food. It also promotes peristalsis, aiding the food to move through the body.

 

3 - Headaches

 

Herbalists recommend chewing on a piece of ginger for ½ hour can help alleviate the pain. Cool!

 

4. Anti – everything

 

It is apparent to me that ginger is pretty much anti-everything. Go ginger!

  • Anti-histamine, aiding in the treatment of allergies

  • Anti-viral – prevents us from getting any viral infections

  • Anti-toxic – helps to counteract any toxins/poisons in the body

  • Anti fungal – capable of minimizing fungal infections.

 

5. Nausea

 

Ginger has been proven in a number of studies to treat feelings of nausea, particularly in the form of motion sickness, morning sickness, sea sickness and even as a side effect of chemotherapy.

 

How to use ginger?  5 Easy Breezy Ideas:

  • Make a tea by steeping about 5 slices of ginger in hot water.

  • Add it to some of your favorite veggie or rice dishes.

  • Ginger lemonade – freshly grated ginger, lemon juice, honey and water and voila!

  • Add grated ginger to your salad dressings.

  • Juicing – adding ginger to your juices adds some pow! to your concoction.

 

Enjoy! Sus

 

 

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