Ginger is an invaluable ally in keeping me healthy and energetic. Since it’s available all year round, it’s always there to give you a much needed health boost.Best of all, you can also use ginger to treat specific ailments or use it to help prevent diseases (or at least help strengthen your body against it).Besides being refreshingly tasty, ginger has a reputation as a medicinal herb that spans over two thousand years. Traditionally it’s been know to treat digestive complications like nausea and indigestion.
Although it’s amazing all around, I personally recommend consuming ginger to help your health in the following four areas:
1. It Fortifies Your Immune System
Because of its tasty bite, ginger is an effective heating agent. It will raise your body’s temperature, which in turn will cause you to sweat.
Sweating helps your immune system be primed and ready to fight any infection. There is a truth to the old belief that sweating is usually the best way to combat colds and the flu.
2. It Contains Cancer-Fighting Properties
Serving as both a preventative measure for colon cancer and an active agent against ovarian cancer, ginger is a powerhouse you will want to keep in your diet to have your immune system primed and ready.
Gingerol, the active ingredient in ginger, is responsible for giving it its bite and for giving it the ability to help supress tumor growths.
3. It Keeps Your Digestive System Running Smoothly
Ginger helps your stomach absorb nutrients more efficiently, it helps mitigate toxins and gases, and it helps your skin release toxins before they build up. Zingibain, one of its key enzymes, is linked to increase protein absorption.
Other than keeping your digestive system in tiptop shape, ginger is used to help treat and soothe nausea, vomiting, and seasickness. Because it’s a natural herb and so potent, ginger is best used to deal to prevent vomiting during pregnancy without harming the fetus.
4. It Helps with Joint Inflammation
If you’re suffering from arthritis or joint pain, integrating ginger into your diet is one of the best ways to naturally treat it. Ginger ranks high amongst the top ten anti-inflammatory herbs because its main active ingredient, gingerol, is a powerful anti-inflammatory compound.
Studies on rheumatic illnesses like osteoarthritis have shown that participants that include ginger in their diets have shown increased mobility and reduction in swelling.
So ginger is amazing, but how do you incorporate it in your day-to-day life?
Ginger’s active ingredients are so powerful that you do not need to consume a lot on a daily basis to get its full health benefits. For example, if you’re nauseous, simply put one to two inches of fresh ginger in hot water and enjoy.
You should always get fresh ginger instead of dry spice ginger because it’s a lot tastier and it contains a lot more of its anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogen agents.
If you suffer chronic arthritis, incorporating a bit of ginger in your daily meals or having ginger tea on a regular basis have been known to report rapid relief.
When you’re shopping for fresh ginger, make sure it’s firm and not slimy. There’s no need to peel fresh ginger, later on you’ll need to peel its skin off. It can last up to three weeks when it’s refrigerated.