5 For Friday: 5 Benefits of Ginger

Ginger has long been used as a spice to foods and has played a large role in many cuisine dishes from Asia. However, it is now gaining popularity in the west and ladies and gents…this little root packs a big punch! Here are things that make ginger just that much more awesome!

 

  • Haven’t been feeling hungry? Eat fresh ginger just before lunch to stoke a dull appetite and fire up the digestive juices.
  • Ginger improves the absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients in the body.
  • Ginger clears the microcirculatory channels of the body, including the pesky sinuses that tend to flare up.
  • Feeling motion sick or airsick? Chew on ginger, preferably tossed in a little honey to relieve symptoms.
  • Can’t stop a gassy stomach? Ginger helps reduce flatulence and eases bloated stomachs.

 

But why stop at 5? Here’s a bonus 5 MORE things about this superstar root!

  • If you suffer from stomach cramps, ginger has been shown to ease the severity of them. Try drinking ginger ale (from real and not artificial ginger) to soothe an upset tummy.
  • Suffer from joint pain? Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties that can bring relief. Float some ginger essential oil into your bath to help aching muscles and joints.
  • Just had surgery? Chewing ginger post-operation can help overcome nausea commonly associated with anesthesia.
  • Stir up some ginger tea and get rid of throat and nose congestion. The tea is great for winter months especially and helps warm the entire body if you’re chilled.
  • Ginger has been shown to have an aphrodisiac effect, next time you need a little spice (pun intended), try adding a pinch of powdered ginger to your food.