Ginger comes across as a weird knobby root that resembles an animal from the time when dinosaurs roamed the earth. You will be forgiven if you dismiss this important spice as another animal relic from the past. But strangely or ironically enough, some of the best health benefits can come from the most unlikely sources. Indeed, if the people who manufacture medicine were to reveal all the places and organisms from which they derive the pills, tablets, capsules and syrups you take so thankfully, you would think twice before taking any medicine.
Before I send more shivers down your spine, allow me to make a very important statement. If you are not eating ginger, you are not doing your body any favor! I don’t care what you think about the strangely shaped rhizome. What I want you to know that it has tons of health benefits that you may be missing out on. You may be thinking that this is a new health fad that the internet is abuzz with. I will understand if you consider this a wave that will dominate mainstream and social media as well as women gossip forums and die away gradually just like it had started.
If that is the case, you don’t know much about ginger and you need to keep reading this article. Allow me to jog your mind a little bit. During the time of the great explorers like Christopher Columbus, European nations discovered that people in the Far East had healthier lives because of eating spices. Trade in spices therefore became one of the major reasons for people to risk their lives on uncharted waters. While there were many spices involved, ginger was among the most liked. In India and many Arab countries, people liked to eat ginger in its various forms because of the perceived health benefits.
It was in the 16th Century when Europe began to embrace this spice. Today, ginger is a common ingredient in many kitchens in the developed world. However, owing to migration from the countryside to urban centres where people have little time to cook, many have forgotten the amazing medicinal and health qualities that are contained in ginger. Rarely will you find a restaurant that sells food spiced with ginger. Those that serve such meals are few and scattered and only a few people ask for food that has ginger in it. It is unfortunate that while ginger has defied the test of time and remained an essential ingredient, many people are unaware of its benefits and continue to suffer from health complications that could be alleviated or assuaged by eating this spice.
So, Why Exactly Do You Need To Eat Ginger?
1. To detoxify your body:
You and I know that our bodies are in need of cleansing owing to the toxic substances that we eat and the air we breathe. And don’t be cheated by anybody that your body is clean and that it can naturally get rid of all the toxins in it. More importantly, instead of enslaving yourself to ridiculous and ineffective detoxification formulas, simply incorporate ginger in your food. This spice has the elements you need to get rid of poisonous substances in your body, while enjoying ginger’s exceptional flavor.
2. To avert cancer:
If there is a health condition that is scaring people today, it is cancer. Ginger can be of great help to you in this regard because it contains antioxidants in abundance. Not many plants can compete with ginger when it comes to antioxidants content.
3. To overcome nausea and related conditions:
Do you know people who feel sick when they get into cars or when travelling? How about those who have spells of dizziness and nausea more than they should? Think about the pregnant woman who starts be sick when she encounters some odours or aromas? All these people need not worry because ginger can help treat their problems. A little ginger will go a long way in effectively dealing with morning sickness and nausea.
4. To treat inflammations:
People with rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis will find great relief when they eat ginger regularly. This plant has anti-inflammatory agents that bring relief to the body especially when one has swellings. This means that ginger can be of great help to the sick and elderly who spend a lot of money on conventional medication. If you have joint pains, there are various forms of ginger that can bring back a smile on your face too.
5. To overcome flatulence:
Most of us have experienced the embarrassing moments then the tummy decides to announce to all and sundry that all is not well. The rumblings of the tummy sometimes become audible to the outside world, with the excess gas being released in not-so-pleasant odours. With ginger, you need not worry much because this spice treats such stomach disorders and brings calm back to your tummy. The impact is almost instant and you don’t even have to eat a lot of ginger for it to work.
6. To bring back your appetite:
There are times when your appetite will take a flight yet you need food to give you energy and nourishment. When hunger pangs seem to elude you, all you need is fresh ginger juice. You will be amazed at how fast your craving for food will come back.
7. To relieve menstrual cramps:
For some women, the monthly visitor is not always welcome. Nobody likes to feel excruciating pain and to miss work for some days simply because of a natural process. The good news is that eating ginger regularly will help you to deal more effectively with this pain. In particular, ginger will give you the much needed relief during that period.
Information On Ginger That You Must Know!
- Use ginger in many forms. For example you can drink juices, use powdered ginger in tea, mix it in salads or apply its oil externally to the skin.
- Get acquainted with the many ways that you can prepare ginger as part of your meals. There are countless amazing recipes that will ensure you enjoy your healthy portion of ginger without compromising your meal plans.
- For nausea and other problems that require immediate relief, you can chew a portion of the ginger rhizome, whether raw or dried.
- Fresh ginger has more nutrients and benefits than other forms. Once you cut your ginger for use, wrap the unused part in plastic material and freeze it.
- If you purchase or prepare ginger powder, store it in glass jars that are closed tightly and keep these containers in a dark, dry and cool area.
- When ginger powder is prepared and stored appropriately, it can last for up to twelve months without any form of preservative.
- If you want to eat raw ginger, ensure you wash it thoroughly with clean fresh water and peel it into small pieces that you can eat comfortably. If the taste is too strong for you, grate your ginger and add some honey to make it more appealing to your taste buds.
- Don’t let sore throat and dry coughs spoil your day when you can prepare and enjoy a delicious cup of ginger tea.
- If you are feeling bored or you need some shot of energy to boost your concentration, take a beverage or a meal containing ginger.
- Beware that since ginger helps you with memory and concentration issues, it can scare away your sleep. In essence, avoid eating ginger before going to sleep.
My Fav Ginger recipe!
Ginger and Lemon Detox Drink
- 350ml of warm filtered water
- mince ½ inch knob of fresh ginger root
- squeeze ½ lemon juice
- Add squeezed lemon juice and minced ginger in to the warm water and mix well!
Anti-Inflammatory Ginger Turmeric, Honey and Garlic Tea Recipe
- 350ml of boiled hot water ( 80C )
- 1/3 teaspoon of grated turmeric
- 1/3 teaspoon of grated ginger root
- 1/3 teaspoon of grated garlic
- 1/3 teaspoon of organic or Manuca honey
- Add all ingredients in to the hot water, mix well for 3-5min and enjoy!
Your Grace Guru