Aches and Pains—we all get them from time to time. Although they can be a hindrance and sometimes bring us down, it doesn’t always have to be that way. In fact, there are a number of things you can do to help keep them in check, including eating healthier. Did you know that many whole foods have healing properties and medicinal effects? That’s right! Many foods have anti-inflammatory properties and vital nutrients that can help reduce pain and swelling.
Ginger is one such food.
Ginger, considered a root by many people, is actually an underground stem of the ginger plant. It originated in China and has been a popular plant for thousands of years because of its healing properties and vast array of uses.¹ Ginger has many therapeutic benefits, which actually come from gingerols, the oily resin from the root that are highly rich in antioxidants and are anti-inflammatory.² Ginger is considered both a spice and an herb and is used by many for cooking and preparing various recipes. It is also popular for tea, as it has warming effects and a unique, spicy taste.
Let’s take a look at some of healing benefits of Ginger…
- Powerful Anti-Inflammatory—Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory and is often used for joint problems and beneficial to those who suffer from arthritis. Many have experienced reduction in pain and increased mobility. It is also helpful for other ailments including bronchitis, coughs and colds and tendonitis.
- Reduces Symptoms of Motion Sickness—Ginger has been shown to reduce the signs of motion sickness, dizziness and nausea. Give it a try if you have troubles sailing, driving, other motion-related problems, or morning sickness.
- Contains Anti-Fungal Properties—Many people with fungal issues opt for antibiotics to treat the problem. Why not try a natural cure? Ginger has been shown to help with athletes foot and other fungal infections.
- Calming Effects—Many people are affected and suffer with stomach problems, cramps, nausea and more. Instead of reaching for an antacid, ibuprofen, or some other over the counter remedy, why not include add a little to your diet? Ginger has been shown to help with gastrointestinal problems, nausea, menstrual cramps and more.
- Boosts Immunity—Many people suffer with coughs, colds, flu and other ailments throughout the year. Why not build your immunity by adding more ginger to your diet? A slice of ginger daily, or a cup of ginger tea can do wonders. I started adding ginger to my morning smoothies and green juice and noticed a huge difference this winter. You can too!
- Helps Fight Cancer—Studies show that ginger is helpful in the treatment of cancer, especially ovarian cancer. Although more tests need to be done, it has been shown that taking ginger supplements, or taking ginger essential oil is useful. Ginger tea is also helpful.
- Helps Diabetes—More and more people these days suffer with diabetes. Why not help prevent and possibly reverse diabetes, if you can? Ginger has been shown to improve diabetes and enhance insulin sensitivity. This is good news for many.
If you don’t currently use ginger, you might want to consider adding this powerful food to your diet. It not only tastes good, but helps prevent many ailments.
Thanks for reading!
¹Carson, Tara. “Is Ginger an Herb or a Spice?” LIVESTRONG.COM. Leaf Group, 24 Jan. 2011. Web. 02 May 2017.
²”10 Medicinal Ginger Health Benefits.” Dr. Axe. N.p., 28 Mar. 2017. Web. 02 May 2017.
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