I ABSOLUTELY LOVE GINGER! Anyone else? I knew it was good for you, and basically thought it was just good when you had a stomach ache. Well – I did some research and it does a lot more than just that! I am here to inform you about it 🙂
As mentioned before, I thought ginger really only helps stomach aches – but when it comes to the stomach and ginger, it helps with soothing IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), actually helps with morning sickness (for all my pregnant ladies out there), and helps relieve menstrual cramps! In addition, if you’re planning a trip either on a boat or plane and get motion sickness, ginger helps prevent motion sickness! (Oh, it also helps relieve gas lol)
In addition to the stomach area, it also helps the body in so many ways. In a way, it helps with weight loss by speeding up the metabolism and promoting digestion. Ginger also helps your muscles – had a long day or working out yesterday and are sore as heck? Well, ginger helps relieve tired muscle pain!
An amazing benefit of ginger is that it helps with reducing arthritis inflammation – which I think is super amazing. It also helps improve blood circulation and opens inflamed airways – including clearing sinuses. So basically if you have a cold- have ginger tea (recipe coming below) and ginger based broth for soup.
Another great benefit of ginger is that it helps fight Alzheimer’s – so start eating ginger now! haha. In some way, it also helps protect against radiation, I am not really sure how, but I saw it as a benefit, so I am sharing what I have researched! Ginger also helps with strengthening the immune system and reduces the rise of heart attack! And one of my favorites is that ginger helps clear skin! So if you have trouble with acne, be sure to give adding ginger to your diet a try!
Ginger Tea Recipe
What You Will Need:
1 large fresh ginger root (peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks (enough to have 8 to 10 1-inch chunks))
5 cups water
juice from 1 fresh lemon
cayenne pepper (powder)
How To Make It: In a saucepan, pour the water and ginger chunks for about 15-20 minutes. The longer you let it simmer, the more ginger-y it will be, so base it on how much you like that flavor. You can make this 2 ways: the first is you can turn the heat off, put the rest of the ingredients in the saucepan and pour into cups/mugs. The second is you can pour the ginger water in your mugs or cups and put the rest of the ingredients per cup based on the individuals taste, depending on how sweet with honey you would like it, or how spicy of cayenne pepper you would like it. But either or, I like it with juice from 1/2 a lemon, 1/2 a tsp of honey, 1/4 tsp (a little less for me) of cinnamon, and just a small gash of cayenne pepper (or more if you like it!
I hope you enjoyed this read! What is your favorite thing to eat with ginger? Mine is sushi 🙂
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