Ginger and all its Awesomeness
Ginger and all its Awesomeness
Ginger. You may have heard of this diabolical spice. Or you may have had it in some form or another; gingerbread, ginger snaps, or the classic remedy of ginger ale. But how much do you really know ginger? Do you know how it’s grown? Or how much it really helps your body? No? Well let’s find out together!
What is Ginger?
Ginger is actually a flowering plant from the family Zingiberacea, the same family as cardamom and turmeric, although the root is the most commonly used part of the plant. It is spicy and fragrant, which makes it perfect for many dishes and baked goods. It likes tropical environments and can be found in the rainforests in Asia, or locally in Hawaii. The root can be used fresh or dried into a powder. Ginger holds a variety vitamin and mineral goodness including vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, copper, and manganese.
Health Benefits of Ginger
Ginger has been used for thousands of years to relieve a variety of symptoms. It’s most commonly used for digestion, inflammation, and for cold relief. Well my friends, I’m here to tell you that it is used for much more than those three things.
- The relief of nausea and other stomach ailments
Whether it’s motion sickness, morning sickness, the food poisoning, give ginger a try. It may not fully relieve every symptom, but it has been found to help with a majority of symptoms related to each of these common forms of nausea. Ginger can also be used in helping the stomachs of chemotherapy patients.
Ginger is known in herbal medicine to relax the muscles in your gut and encourage intestinal gases to pass. That’s why it is so useful in nausea because it relaxes the stomach. Since it has these relaxing traits, it’s also useful in bloating, constipation, heartburn, and upset stomach. Drinking ginger tea is a quick way to relax the stomach. Ginger is also useful in helping keep the bacteria H. pylori out of the gut, which is a leading cause of stomach ulcers. In general, ginger helps relieve the symptoms of a stomach ulcer.
- Helps fight threats to the immune system
Ginger strengthens the immune system because it helps to break down toxins in the body’s organs, helping to clean the body’s system. Through this process, ginger prevents the accumulation of toxins in the body that increase susceptibility to infections. And just like in your stomach, ginger relaxes the muscles in your passage way, which ultimately helps clear them.
- Inflammation goes bye-bye
As if you didn’t think that ginger was wonderful by now, let me tell you something else. It reduces inflammation all over your body because of the powerful compound gingerol, and another one called shogaol. Numerous studies have shown that ginger helps ease pain caused by inflammation from arthritis, cramps, muscle joint pain, and so much more. In these studies, different levels and areas of pain were tested. Before and after exercise, joint pain, and pain in the knee joints. All subjects given ginger in any form were shown to have relief from their previous pain.
Too much exercise? Ginger. Are your joints telling you that rain is coming? Ginger can hush them up. Have cramps? Drink some ginger and the world will be better!
- Lower cholesterol, protect against diabetes, and boost metabolism
Cholesterol is important to your everyday health because it does anywhere from producing bile to manufacturing hormones. Poor cholesterol markers such as high levels of LDL, low levels of HDL, and high triglycerides can put you at a greater risk of serious heart problems because it builds up in the blood and causes blockage. Ginger can help. Studies have found that people who take even just three grams of ginger capsules daily over a 45-day period can significantly reduce their triglycerides, LDL, and other dangerous cholesterol markers.
You don’t always know when you have high blood sugar because some of the symptoms include headaches, increased thirst, and frequent urination. It can lead to some serious problems if you leave high blood sugar unchecked. Many studies have found that including 2 grams of ginger in your diet daily will help reduce growing blood sugar.
Ever feel sluggish and feel like you need a boost? Add ginger to your diet. Ginger may increase thermogenesis in your body , which is the process when your body burns stored up fat to create heat . This process results in beneficial effects on overall metabolism and fat storage. Research suggests that consuming thermogenic ingredients such as ginger may boost metabolism by up to 5 percent and increase fat burning. Burning fat is an awesome thing!
- Memory booster
Ever forget something? Did you just forget what I asked? Have no fear, ginger can help! Inflammation and oxidative stress accelerate aging and increase the risk of cognitive diseases like Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s. We already learned about ginger’s wealth of antioxidants and potent anti-inflammatory properties, so it no surprise that ginger is believed to play an important role in the health of your brain. Ginger fights inflammation and acts as an antioxidant, so it can help us maintain healthy cognitive function as we age. Now you will remember everything!
It is now no surprise to you why people rave over ginger. With all the ways it helps your body, it’s silly not to see what this amazing spice can do for you. Ginger is awesome… that is all you need to know!!!
Check out this month’s recipe which includes ginger:
This colorful, flavorful dish is straight from our kitchen at Total Health Foods. It’s a simple and healthy salad that is full of bright, spring flavors! A perfect complement to any dish for any occasion. We welcome you to try it at home and let us know how you did or even better, snap a photo and leave it in our Facebook comments. ENJOY! Check out our website for the full recipe. https://thfdownriver.com/2018/…/22/beet-carrot-salad-recipe/
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