Ginger is commonly found in gingerbread, pumpkin pie, and as a condiment to sushi. Not only does it add spicy flavor, but ginger contains properties that may benefit your health in more ways than one!
Ginger is affective against influenza viruses and has killed staph bacteria and salmonella in test tubes.
Many find ginger to be a helpful remedy for nausea, vomiting, and motion sickness. You might want to carry some ginger capsules or tea bags when you travel.
Warm ginger tea is helpful for reducing mucus congestion in sinuses, throat, and lungs. You can use organic ginger tea bags or ground ginger spice, but fresh ginger root is even better. Peel and grate or chop about 2 tablespoons of fresh ginger root. Add to 2 cups of boiling water, reduce to simmer, cover, and steep for 30 minutes. Drink a cup of warm tea every 2 to 3 hours.
Ginger tea or capsules make good digestive aids to help soothe digestion, especially in cases of nervousness, stress, or illness.
Ginger contains lecithin, which helps break down fats, making it useful for the cardiovascular system and weight control.
Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties, making it beneficial for headaches, joint pain and stiffness, musculoskeletal aches and pains, etc.
Enjoy a cup of warm ginger root tea to help overcome a chill and increase circulation.
Tip: Ginger is warming and peppermint is cooling. Combine these two for a nice balance.
Add ground ginger to pancake batter, oatmeal, soup, baked goods, smoothies, and stir-fries. Use fresh ginger root to spice up fish, chicken, and beef dishes.
Caution: Avoid ginger if you have peptic ulcers.
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Keep learning to be healthy!
Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist & Health Coach
1 Corinthians 10:31–“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for God’s glory!”
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. It does not take the place of any medical care that you may need. Consult your health care provider about making dietary and lifestyle changes that are right for you.