The Health Benefits of Adding Ginger to Your Diet

ginger roots easy plant chatWhen most people think about ginger they usually think of cookies and Asian cuisine. It’s no secret that ginger is often used as an ingredient in a variety of different foods. However, making yummy food isn’t the only thing ginger is used for. Believe it or not, ginger has been used for it’s healing properties and medicinal uses for thousands of years. It’s traditionally found in Fiji, India, Indonesia, Australia, and Jamaica. Ginger belongs to the same family as turmeric and cardamom. Normally, on many plants, the leaves or flowers are used for food and medical purposes, but ginger houses its healing properties elsewhere. Instead of harvesting the leaves, it is the root of the ginger plant that is harvested for food and medicinal purposes.

Prescription medications have unwanted side affects and take a toll on the body, which is why more and more people have been turning to natural remedies. Scientific studies have shown that consuming ginger can help with a wide range of ailments. Some of these ailments include  inflammation, nausea, loss of appetite, motion sickness, digestion issues and more. This is why it is suggested to drink ginger ale to quell an upset stomach. The diaphoretics in ginger are known ginger rootfor warming the body from the inside, which is why a ginger infused tea is suggested for colds and flu.  The phenolic compounds that are found in ginger help the body digest food better, which means it may even help prevent colon cancer. The University of Georgia has even conducted research involving 74 people. The study showed that people felt less pain after exercising while taking a daily ginger supplement.   

 For those who find the healing root too spicy, it can also be ingested in different forms.  Ginger can be consumed in many different ways . It can be broken down into the form of a powder, an oil, a lozenge, or it can be dried. It can be even be used to make a tea or a juice. As stated earlier, since prescription and drug store medications can take a toll on the human body, this may be a healthy alternative for digestive ailments.

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 ginger we love houseplantsDisclosure:  I am not a medical doctor nor do I provide this information as medical advice. Please consult your medical provider for additional information. This information is provided as a tool for those seeking a more natural approach to healing. Again, consult your physician should you have concerns about the direct correlation of ginger to your specific health regimen.  If your medical provider has recommended the use of ginger in your diet, please continue reading for other helpful tips.

My journey with ginger.

Several years ago I was diagnosed with gallbladder sludge. My physician’s simple solution was to pop an acid reducing pill before eating high fat foods (greasy fried foods).  I knew that would eventually become a crutch, though.  For years I had been drinking ginger ale when I went too far left and suffered the attack from my gallbladder from too many pieces of bacon.   I wasn’t pleased with this medicinal soda when I realized the average ginger ale soda has a whopping 32 grams of sugar – surpassing the RDA of 25 for my body type for the entire day!

So below are some healthier alternatives I now use to help aide my inflamed gallbladder when it is pissed off.

 

How I use ginger to combat nausea, gas, and gallbladder sludge.

I try to encompass different forms of ginger in diet every day.  I believe preventative maintenance (already having the good stuff in my body) is key.

  • Organic Ginger Teas (I like Yogi and Traditional Medicinals)

  • Smoothie (greens, ginger, and fruit) ~ recipe coming soon!

  • Ginger Candy.  Ginger candy is great to carry in your bag.  You still get a candy treat and its health properties.  Also, in a tummy ache pinch, it really helps!  I like Piping Rocks** Ginger Candy Chews.  You can get them here.

  • All natural homemade ginger tea ~ recipe coming soon!

  • Grated ginger

  • Ingesting raw ginger (for die hard ginger lovers only!)

By WLH Contributor Mel Hall

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UGA researchers find daily ginger consumption eases muscle pain