Oh ginger. There are people out there who love the root with a passion and there are others who simply loathe it. I hardly find any middle ground. I’m the type of person who absolutely loves ginger. I make tea with the fresh root, I add some of the root in many dishes and I even use it for digestive issues because it really works wonders. The truth is that there are a plethora of benefits of ginger that we should take advantage of.
Keep in mind that ginger is a root. It helps to preserve substances and it can be spicy when used in abundance. For thousands of years people have sworn by ginger to help protect against health diseases and even spirits. It is also says that is plays a role in increasing your positive energy.
Let’s take a look at 4 specific benefits to be aware of:
- Great for Digestive Health
When it comes to discomfort in your stomach- ginger is the way to go. The secret is the fact that it aids the absorption of food. Typically when you have an upset stomach, something didn’t settle well. Ginger will try to fix any mishaps thereby allowing better digestion. It also plays a significant role in preventing potential inflammation that happens. So chew on a raw piece of ginger the next time you have a stomach ache from something bad that you might have eaten!
- Fends off Respiratory Issues
If you find yourself developing a cough, ginger is great at helping your lungs expand. It also loosens up that extra phlegm that you may have lying around. This is why ginger tea is excellent during cold season. If fights off all the bad guys and really aids your breathing. Give it a try next time you have a cold!
- Helps to Absorb Nutrients
When you’re eating a healthy diet, chances are your intake of nutrients is adequate. Ginger can play a role in really helping towards absorbing those nutrients so that your body can make full use of them. Keep in mind that ginger is great even if you have a diet that is poor. Your body may not absorb nutrients right away, so ginger will be there for assistance.
- Prevention of the Common Cold
While there isn’t a cure for the common cold- yet, ginger can help to prevent symptoms from developing. You can make a nice tea with the fresh root or you can eat it raw once those winter months start to begin.
Keep in mind that there are so many other benefits to take advantage of when it comes to consuming ginger. If you are interested in staying healthy, you can take about 2 tablespoons of fresh ginger every day. Do this especially if you feel a cold or cough coming your way. Also, you can use ginger for a variety of healthy dishes like stir fry broccoli or healthy ginger snap crackers. So do your research and enjoy thoroughly!
Anita Haridat, Ph.D