Far too many people vastly underestimate the healing powers of an exquisite root vegetable that we seem to recognize most often in asian cuisine...
In addition to bringing a spicy flare to your palate, ginger is a strong anti-inflammatory food that is capable of improving and relieving a wide variety of conditions and ailments. That's why I am going to give you five outstanding benefits of ginger that will have you wanting to add even more into your daily diet, and you can do so using the recipe for my quick and easy fat burning ginger tea! Incorporate this to your morning routine, sit back, and feel the difference in your body!
#1 Ginger improves blood circulation
Ginger contains compounds that are called gingerols. Gingerols are known to increase the core temperature of your body. What is great about this increase in temperature is that is leads to more blood circulation. Good circulation is not only helpful to your cardiovascular system, it also assists in mobilizing the blood, which means your body can do a more efficient job of expediting fat into the bloodstream and ultimately utilizing fat for energy.
When you have an improvement in circulation, not only do your nutrients and minerals have a better delivery system, additional oxygen is supplied to the muscles, heart and lungs, which makes working out easier.
#2 Ginger helps relieve pain
The same compound that helps warm up the body, gingerol, also has extremely high anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation is a likely culprit in a multitude of ailments, from chronic pain and feeling sluggish to cardiovascular disease and cancer. Gingerol helps block the enzyme called the cyclooxygenase enzyme- 2 or COX-2.
COX-2 is what causes the sensation of pain associated with inflammation. So drinking ginger tea is definitely recommended for those that might be suffering from inflammatory pain from things like arthritis or for an athlete that is trying to reduce post workout swelling and inflammation.
These enzymes can block the prostaglandins that are responsible for causing headaches!
#3 Ginger reduces muscle cramping
Ginger has been shown to relax the muscles and therefore reduce muscle cramping and also reduce excessive bleeding during a menstrual cycle.
In a study by the Center for Nursing Care Research in Iran, it was found that by administering ginger to females that had symptoms of heavy menstrual bleeding, the overall reported cramping and blood loss was significantly less compared to that of a placebo group.
As an added benefit, ginger can help relieve workout related muscle cramping as well.
#4 Ginger relieves nausea
Nausea relief one of the most commonly known attributes of ginger, but it still holds true as one of the best.
Ginger contains phenolic compounds that can help relieve an upset stomach and also aid in digestion. The phenols promote the healthy secretion of digestive acids which help to break down food components that may be causing you a bit of discomfort.
#5 Ginger keeps you from getting sick
Ginger has some serious anti-microbial and antibiotic properties that can help fight off a cold or flu before it gets out of hand.
It has also been shown to reduce the risk of infections by reducing inflammation and allowing the antibiotic properties to get in and get the job done.
Simply drinking a cup of ginger tea can also keep you from getting motion sickness. Try this easy ginger tea recipe before you hit the road and enjoy all of the positive benefits ginger has to offer!
While also great in recipes, one of the fastest and easiest ways to get your ginger is with a tea.
- 4-6 Thin Slices of Fresh Ginger
- 1-2 cups water
- 2 Tbsp Raw Honey
- 1 Lemon, juiced
- Add ginger and water to a small pot and bring to a boil
- Lower to a simmer for 15 minutes
- After the 15 minutes is up, add the lemon juice and honey. Stir until honey is dissolved.
- Let cool to your preferred temperature, serve and enjoy!
So there you have it, a fat burning concoction that you can use on a daily basis that will keep you happy, healthy, pain free and enjoying life with the ones you love that much more!