Monday Medicine — Ginger

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. — Hippocrates

While science often “proves” the benefit of various items we eat or drink, I often notice for myself, and those I know, these same items for whatever reason don’t seem to have the same effect promised. That said, I try to use scientific results (and also personal recommendations of others who I trust) as “directional guidance” for habits I try to develop and the choices I make. For example, from a source I trust, if I read or hear, that something will help fight off a cold or help relieve a headache, I’m generally open to trying it for myself to see. If it works, great, if not, oh well.

That all said, plants have various nutritional and bioactive compounds which can help us deal with ailments, provide powerful nutrients, and even enhance our performance in certain ways. With that in mind, today I wanted to go over how ginger can help with some common issues. It appears this simple root has some powerful benefits:

  1. Nausea — if you have an upset stomach from something you ate, car sickness or something else, ginger tea can be helpful.

  2. Weight loss — it can boost your metabolism and also keep you feeling full longer, reducing your calorie intake.

  3. Indigestion — if you have heartburn, nausea, belching, upper abdominal pain or other indigestion symptoms, ginger has been shown to help speed up the emptying of the stomach after a meal.

  4. Gas — ginger speeds up your digestion, allowing gases to quickly pass through the digestive system. Additionally, ginger contains zingibain (an enzyme that helps break down protein) which reduces gas caused by protein rich foods.

  5. Poor circulation — it helps with circulation by thinning blood. So if you generally feel cold, try adding ginger to your diet or in tea.

  6. Manage blood sugar levels — if you feel lethargic after lunch or from an afternoon snack, it maybe because of your blood sugar levels. Ginger can help keep your blood sugar levels from spiking.

  7. Boosts the immune system — it is reported to cleanse our lymphatic system, flush out toxins, and kill bacteria. Plus, bioactive ingredients in ginger have been shown to lower the risk of infections.

  8. Improve nutrient absorption — ginger has properties that allow us to absorb the nutrients in our food more. We don’t fully absorb all the nutrients in the food we eat. Ginger can improve this.

  9. Better breath — best to eat ginger or drink ginger tea at the end of your meals to leave your mouth feeling fresh.

  10. Clear sinuses — helps unclog sinuses and facilitate drainage of mucus.

It is rare to have an adverse reaction to ginger but it is recommended to keep your ginger consumption below 4 grams a day.

Ginger can be consumed in various forms — tea, in food, or as a powder/pill. If you believe ginger may help with any of the problems listed above, do a quick Google search on the best way to incorporate it into your diet for your particular issue. Enjoy!

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