Why Everyone Could Use Ginger As A Food And Remedy
Written by: Brandi Monasco
Ginger is a pretty common ingredient in many cuisines such as Indian and Asian cuisines as well as many recipes such as gingersnap cookies (yes, there really is ginger in those cookies!).
Ginger has a distinct smell and a potent taste, a taste that some people have to grow to love. However, ginger also has many health benefits that you probably are not aware of!
1. Helps With Nausea. If you struggle with nausea or if you are pregnant and are dealing with morning sickness, ginger is a MUST to keep around. Consuming foods or drinks with ginger in them such as healthy candied ginger or eating ginger lozenges can help control nausea.
2. Prevent Stroke And Heart Disease. Ginger has an anti-blood clotting ability when it is eaten with garlic and onions, which also have anti-blood clotting abilities. When these three ingredients are eaten together, they give powerful benefits to help protect you against stroke and heart disease.
3. Helps With Digestive Issues. Ginger contains compounds that help to relieve any gastrointestinal issues such as bloating and gas. These compounds help to stimulate saliva and bile production that help suppress contractions in your gastric tract and help to move food and fluids throughout the tract.
4. Contains Anti-inflammatory Properties. Ginger contains an active ingredient called gingerol. Gingerol has been known to alleviate muscle soreness and pain such as headaches and osteoarthritis. Alleviating pain and soreness can be done by consuming ginger or by making a paste with ground ginger and applying it to the affected areas such as the forehead in the event of a headache.
5. Helps Reduce Pain and Muscle Soreness. Pain is often related to inflammation in your body. The compounds of gingerol, along with other compounds found in ginger such as zingerone and shogaol, are more effective at relieving pain than over-the-counter medications.
Ginger comes in several forms; you do not have to rely on one form or the other.
Ginger Powder – The powder can be used in cooking and gives your dishes a little extra taste. Powdered ginger can be found at your local grocery store.
Raw Ginger – Raw ginger is usually found in the form of a root. You can slice it and even grate it. It can be added in your smoothie every morning. Raw ginger is usually found at your local grocery store or at an organic store.
Ginger Essential Oil – This form of ginger can be rubbed topically on your skin in any area that is causing pain. Two to three drops is all you will need. However, as with all essential oils, you must make sure to dilute it with a carrier oil before applying to your skin.
How do you use ginger in your day-to-day life? Please share with us your thoughts and tips in the comments below!
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Brandi Monasco is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media manager from Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and has recently found a new love for health and nutrition.
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