If you’re on the fence about ginger, it’s time to hop off. New evidence suggests that not only can ginger detox your body, reduce inflammation and improve your overall health, it can actually help you lose weight, too.
Plus, in my opinion, a good cup of ginger tea is super relaxing (not to mention downright delicious.)
If you’re looking to slim down before bikini season rolls around, or you just want to improve your health, working ginger into your daily diet is an absolute must.
Ginger and Weight Loss
According to a study by the Institute for Human Nutrition at Columbia University, a hot ginger beverage with a meal can actually make you feel fuller in the long run. It also makes you less likely to eat more later on, therefore lowering your calorie intake and making it easier to drop those pounds.
In addition to staving off that hunger, ginger also stimulates digestive secretions, which aid your digestive system and help rid your body of toxins and waste. That means less bloating, and a better ability to process your food and use it for energy. It also keeps food from fermenting in your digestive tract, which could lead to weight gain.
Ginger also keeps blood glucose levels in check. These levels play a huge role in how your body processes sugars, and if they’re out of whack, it could mean more cravings, more weight gain and more fat. With ginger, you can keep these levels stable and steady, so those unwanted side effects don’t occur.
There’s a benefit to the muscular system, too. Ginger actually helps relieve tired muscles and allows them to better recover after use. That means you’ll have better workouts, and you’ll be able to gain more muscle mass in the long run – a sure-fire way to slim down.
On top of all this, ginger also has a minor impact on your metabolism, increasing it ever so slightly, and it allows your body to better absorb nutrients. As we all know, getting the proper nutrients – especially when cutting calories – is crucial to weight loss and our overall health.
Other Benefits of Ginger
But weight loss isn’t the only area of your health ginger can help with. It also fights off menstrual cramps, nausea, motion sickness and more. Additionally, it encourages circulation, boosts the immune system, warms the body, treat irritable bowel syndrome, reduces arthritis pain, helps with asthma and breathing issues, improves circulation, alleviates morning sickness, increases libido, relieve tired muscles and improves your nervous system.
Ginger has also been known to protect against Alzheimer’s disease, a genetic condition that causes degenerating cognitive function and memory. According to research, ginger slows the loss of brain cells, which often is the first step in a person developing Alzheimer’s. Other issues ginger can help with include:
- Frostbite – Because it improves circulation, it can actually help thaw you out faster.
- Heartburn – Ginger blocks the acid that causing heartburn, eliminating it almost completely in minutes.
- Gas – Ginger – especially in tea form – can clear out your digestive system and prevent unwanted gas.
- Sinus problems – Known to clear out your airways and nasal passages, ginger is great if you suffer from sinus issues.
- Bad breath – Ginger’s no garlic. It will actually make your breath smell better after eating it!
- Pain – It’s a natural pain reliever, and it treats the issue on a hormonal level, fighting off inflammation and decreasing your aches and pains.
As if that weren’t enough, some studies even show that ginger can help treat certain cancers, specifically ovarian ones. Research shows that the ginger actually kills the cancer cells and causes them to attack themselves, depleting their reserve even more. It’s a pretty amazing root, if I do say so myself!
Making Ginger Tea
Want to start consuming more ginger? Ginger tea is a great, easy option. Have some with your breakfast, bring a mug full to work, or just have some to relax and calm down before bed.
- 1 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled
- 1 cup water
- 1 tsp. honey
- 1 lemon
- Slice the ginger into very thin layers.
- Place 1 cup of water in a pot and boil, add the ginger pieces to the water and let it sit for about 15 minutes.
- Then, remove the water, strain the ginger pieces out, and stir in our honey.
- Squeeze the lemon in, mix and enjoy.
You can also add a dash of cinnamon for an extra kick, or you can throw in some blueberries if you’d like it a little sweeter.
If tea’s not your thing, ginger also makes a great addition to your morning smoothie, and it goes great with seafood, shrimp and salmon dishes. What are your favorite ways to eat ginger? Share your ideas with me in the comments!