Ginger And Its 11 Unreal Health Benefits!
Grown as a root, ginger is such a multipurpose ingredient. You can use it as a spice, in tea, cooking or even beer if you want to get merry! Its purpose as a healing ingredient is hardly recently discovered, given it has been used in Chinese medicine for over 2,000 years. Here are our top reasons you need this in your diet!
#1 Cold and Flu Prevention
If you’re one of those people bound to be stricken with a virus every season or so, you need to incorporate ginger into your diet! Ginger has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years as it it wards off the germs, boosts your immune system and clears mucus.
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The chromium, magnesium and zinc levels in ginger help to improve blood flow, as well as keeping any chills, fever or excessive sweating under control! That’s all due to its blood regulation.
#3 Reduces Inflammation
Ginger has many of the strongest natural anti-inflammatory powers which can help soothe joints and tackle any pains you may have. Either ingest it or use ginger essential oils in your bath.
#4 Combats Nausea
Whether you have an upset stomach, cramps or morning sickness, ginger can relieve you of the nausea that comes with such ailments. Having ginger tea is one of the quickest and most effective ways to ingest it.
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#5 Improves Absorption of Essential Nutrients
Aside from having its own healing properties, ginger also acts as a catalyst for absorbing other essential nutrients you’re ingesting. It does this by stimulating pancreatic and gastric enzyme secretions… In other words it helps your body break down the food and access the nutrients.
#6 Clears Sinuses
Similar to its powers as a cold and flu healer, ginger also unblocks sinuses, which is a saviour for anyone who knows the pain and frustration of suffering with bad sinuses. It’ll clear up the microcirculatory channels in your nose and any other problem areas with just a bit of fresh ginger shaves.
#7 Colon Cancer Prevention
A study at the University of Minnesota has found that ginger slows down the development of cancer cells in the colon. Another way you could reap benefits such as this from ginger is to use it as a spice in your meals or make it into a salad dressing, such as lemon and ginger dressing.
#8 Tackles Ovarian Cancer
Not only does ginger help slow down development of colon cancer, it also takes on ovarian cancer! The properties in this magical ingredient tend to kill the cancer ridden cells in this area of the body. All hail the magic of ginger!
#9 Strengthens Immunity
If you ingest a small bit of ginger on a daily basis, you’re likely to help prevent strokes by inhibiting fatty acids developing around arteries, as well as decreasing bacterial infections in the stomach and preventing throat or cough irritations. Basically it makes you stronger overall!
#10 Fights Respiratory Problems
Even if the respiratory problem is dwelling deep in your chest, ginger can break down the phlegm and expands the lungs as it’s a natural expectorant. This simply means the mucus is broken down and removed from the system thanks to kick-ass ginger!
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#11 Improves Appetite and Our Metabolic Rate
Engage your digestive juices with ginger before a meal, whether in a drink or in a starter, as a dressing or a shavings topping. On top of that, your metabolic rate will be improved, which means it’ll be easier to keep a healthy weight. Go ginger!
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