Ginger: A Closer Look
Virtually everyone has experienced nausea at some point in their life. There are lots of ways to deal with this issue, but have you ever tried ginger? Save yourself a trip to the pharmacy and pick up this special root instead!
Ginger is originally from Asia and grows as a knobby root. Let's take a closer look at everything this spice can do!
Ginger can be used for lots of different things in the kitchen. It can be used to make a refreshing tea, used to flavour drinks (including beer) or added to you recipes when cooking. For thousands of years, Indian, Asian and Arab healers have believed in the healing properties of this root. Ginger can be used as food and medicine.
Today, after extensive research, we know that almost all the traditional health claims about this spice have been proven true. In addition, the tropical plant also encourages the body to absorb many essential nutrients. Turmeric or cardamom, have similar effects and belong to the same plant family.
Drinking ginger tea can help relieve sore muscles after exercising. This is due to the strong natural anti-inflammatory properties of ginger. After a hard workout, fresh ginger tea is a great idea!
Since ginger also relieves pain, it is helpful in treating arthritis, headaches, and menstrual cramps.
In addition, drinking hot water with fresh ginger can also help beat colds and the flu! Research shows that ginger inhibits rhinoviruses that can cause a cold. The University of Maryland Medical Center states that adding 2 tablespoons of freshly grated or chopped ginger root to hot water can help treat cold and flu symptoms in adults if consumed two to three times a day.
Aside from the fact that ginger improves the absorption of essential nutrients in the body by stimulating the secretion of gastric and pancreatic enzymes, ginger inhibits bacteria such as salmonella (the cause of diarrhea) and single cells such as trichomonas, which harm our bodies.
Support for Digestion
This spice is also ideal to aid digestion by calming the intestines and avoiding possible stomach pain. And if you have gas, ginger will help too. Its phenolic compounds are known to relieve gastrointestinal irritation, suppress gastric contractions and the movement of food and fluid through the gastrointestinal tract, and stimulate saliva and bile production.
Ginger Goes Well with Everything
There are many benefits to eating ginger regularly. If you are wondering how to incorporate more ginger into your diet, it's easy! Ginger goes well with many different ingredients like seafood, pork, oranges, apples, and melon. You can also add fresh ginger to your next smoothie or juice, or simply add it to boiling water to make ginger tea.
Of course, you can also use dried ginger as a seasoning for your next stir-fry or use it as an ingredient in a salad dressing. Ginger can be used in so many dishes it is easy to integrate into your weekly meals!
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