Ginger is an odd-looking spice that gives foods a wonderful aromatic and delicious flavor. The spice comes from Asia, which is why it is so often used in Asian cuisine. Here in the west, we tend to look at ginger as more of a medicinal plant. But whether you cook with it, take it in supplement form, or drink it in a tea, ginger offers some pretty amazing health benefits.
Why You Should Start Drinking Ginger Tea
Unless you are a skilled chef, able to effortlessly blend a variety of spices, you’ll most likely want to find another way to get more ginger into your diet. You can go the supplement route, or you can begin to drink delicious ginger tea.
Ginger tea has no caffeine in it, so it makes it an ideal beverage for those looking to cut back. It’s delicious plain, or with a little lemon and honey. No matter how you drink it, ginger tea can offer you the following health benefits:
1. Nausea Remedy
Ginger tea has been used for thousands of years as a nausea remedy throughout Asia. It is such an effective and safe treatment for nausea, that even pregnant women can sip this tea to alleviate morning sickness. Ginger tea can also combat motion sickness as well as nausea experienced after surgery.
2. Treats Cough and Colds
When cold and flu season approaches, do you stock up on a bunch of cough and cold remedies from your local drug store? Did you carefully read the label on those “remedies?” Many contain ingredients you most likely can’t even pronounce.
Ginger actually offers antiviral and antibacterial properties that can boost your immune system and protect you from catching what’s going around. Ginger is also anti-inflammatory, so it can help soothe your respiratory tract, helping to calm those annoying coughing fits.
3. Relieves Sore Muscles
Whether you spent hours working in your backyard or tried that spin class your friend told you about, you now have achy, sore muscles that make it hard to get around. You can either keep reaching for those over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory pills (NSAIDs), which come with some nasty side effects, or sip some healthy ginger tea instead.
Those anti-inflammatory properties I just told you about? They help ease the pain of inflamed, stiff muscles. When you overwork your muscles, you are in essence, injuring them. Even building muscle requires that you tear them down first. Since it is the resulting inflammation that is causing your muscle pain, you can easily and effectively remedy that with ginger tea.
4. Lowers Cholesterol Levels
Ginger tea has been shown to effectively lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. It also helps reduce the total cholesterol and triglycerides present in your blood, which lowers your risk of developing heart disease and other seriousness illnesses.
5. Aids Digestion
As we get older, many of us will experience more digestive upset. Whether it’s indigestion after a big or spicy meal, diarrhea, or changes in appetite, ginger tea can help your entire digestive system function better. If you suffer from mild stomach upset but don’t like taking OTC medicines, ginger tea is an effective remedy that eases discomfort.
6. May Help Prevent Cancer
Ginger tea also happens to be an excellent source of potent antioxidants. As you probably know, the more antioxidants you get in your body, the better, as they fight free radicals that damage cells and cause diseases like cancer. Drinking ginger tea throughout the day is a great way to load your body with important antioxidants that may help fight certain cancers such as breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and pancreatic cancer.
7. Helps Ease Joint Pain and Stiffness
Well we can’t talk about the amazing anti-inflammatory properties of ginger tea without talking about how it can help ease the joint pain and stiffness caused by arthritis.
In a controlled trial involving 247 people with osteoarthritis of the knee, those who took ginger extract had less pain and required less pain medication. Those drinking tea may find this same relief by drinking 4 cups of ginger tea each day.
While you can find ginger-flavored tea bags at your local grocery store, to get all of the benefits I just listed, you’ll want to prepare your own ginger tea by adding freshly chopped ginger into boiling water. It’s very simple, just buy some organic ginger root at the store. For each cup of tea, cut off a piece of ginger about the size of a D battery, peel it and chop it into a few smaller pieces, then place these into your cup or mug. Pour boiling water over and let steep. If you want, add a little lemon and raw honey.
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