What is Ginger good for?
Ginger is a plant that grows naturally in India, China, Nepal, Nigeria, Thailand, and Indonesia. Its root is widely used as a medicine or cooking spice.
Its prickly flavor is quite recognizable and most known in North America and Europe in ginger ale.
Though it’s sweetened pop drink form is well-known, ginger has so many applications.
It can be made into candy, can be marinated and pickled to be eaten alongside sushi or used in gingerbread cookies during the holiday season.
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Ginger as a medicine
As a medicine, ginger can be used in powdered form, which can be made into tinctures and capsules to be used as supplements or cut up and added to any meal. Most potently, ginger can be added to juices and smoothies, or even left to soak in hot water as a tea. We wrote about Benefits of ginger tea.
There are so many health benefits to using ginger that it is no wonder the people who live near its home territories have found such a wide variety of ways to add ginger into their diet.
Consumed regularly, ginger has many healing and anti-inflammatory properties that can prevent chronic disease and improve health and stamina.
Increasing appetite for digestion
Sometimes our appetite may not be at its best. When we have emotions to process, are troubled by thoughts, anxieties or worries, or feel stressed, these things can affect our appetite.
We might also have a hard time feeling our hunger if we consume appetite suppressants such as coffee, cigarettes or don’t have a habit of eating at regular times.
If you feel it might be appropriate for you to eat but are having a hard time feeling hunger or your appetite is affected by some circumstances, ginger can be a gentle way to entice the stomach into preparing itself for receiving food.
Digestive aid for nausea or stomach problems
Ginger’s primary benefits have to do with digestion. We underestimate the importance of digestion, but poor digestion is the beginning of so many health problems. When we cannot digest our food, we cannot absorb the nutrients and vitamins in the food we eat. Nausea, indigestion and heartburn can be appeased with ginger.
Pain relief in joints and connective tissues
Ginger has excellent anti-inflammatory properties. Many inflammatory conditions, such as chronic pain, arthritis and other conditions involving pain in the physical tissues of the body can be helped by ginger’s anti-inflammatory aspects.
Best consumed in smaller doses and more frequently, this way of consuming ginger can help building up the amounts of ginger and its properties in the body.
Clearing up congestion in nose, throat and sinus
Ginger is The real deal!
With all of these health benefits, it is important to remember that ginger is best consumed in its raw form. Transformed ginger such as ginger ale, ginger beer, ginger candy and even ginger powder, have less potency to treat these ailments.
Using ginger as a root will offer more of the health benefits, so it is advisable to choose this option if available to you.
Ginger root can be purchased in bulk at farmer’s markets, or even at your local grocery store. It can be stored and frozen for longer preservation and should not be consumed if it is moldy, soft or otherwise compromised.
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