Naturally, Wellness: The Health Benefits of Ginger

The Health benefits of ginger.

The ancient plant ginger is grown all over the world. It is widely known for its culinary use and is found in various compositions. However, ginger is not just another spice that can be added to your cherished dishes. The holistic healing approach of Ayurveda knows the interrelations of the mind, body and lauds ginger as a tonic that helps to balance the body. The ginger root also provides a wide variety of health benefits.


Ginger to help with weight loss

Being overweight can cut down a person's life expectancy by as much as twenty years. Nonetheless, research shows that ginger may be conducive in weight control and curbing obesity by the reduction of a variety of contributing elements such as glucose and body weight.


 
Ginger for glowing skin.

Thanks to its approximate 40 antioxidant properties, your skin is protected against free radical damage and protection against aging. Studies have shown that ginger helps to reduce the synthesis of melanin which in turn reduces the aging process of the skin.

 
Keeps infections at bay.

Ginger’s antimicrobial elements make it a potent tool for fighting infections, including bacterial infections like strep throat.  It has been used as a treatment for a variety of conditions including flared sinuses, nausea, and flatulence. Ginger is also an ideal support for the immune system during the flu and cold season.

Reduce inflammation and pain.

Some conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia can come with chronic pain because of inflammation which is the body's natural reaction to heal injuries. The longer the swelling continues, the more painful it can be, but ginger can provide alternative pain relief. Studies have shown that ginger helps to reduce pain and inflammation due to the presence of essential oils and gingerols.

 
Ginger for improved digestion.

This well-known superfood can help you to not only digest your food, but it can also provide control and enhance your appetite. Consuming ginger during lunch is a regular Ayurvedic practice; it is believed to help facilitate the absorption nutrients.

 
Include ginger in your diet.

Taking advantage of ginger's health benefit is not difficult to do. Here are four easy ways how you can add ginger in your diet.

1. Ginger tea. This drink relieves stress and boosts your mood. Ginger tea can provide a calming relief when you have a cold. You can slice the ginger root thinly, boil it in water to get a strong taste from the warm beverage. Ginger powder can be added to your hot drink, or an easier way is to steep ginger tea bags in hot water.

2. Using ginger as a spice in your cooking. Ginger adds a little 'bang' to the flavoring of fruits, vegetables, and meat. Try boosting the taste of your vegetables, chicken or even steak by adding some freshly peeled and ginger to your dish.

3. Pickled Ginger. A pickled form of ginger can be added in your diet. The ginger pickle is an exceptional appetizer. It helps to neutralize your taste buds especially after food with strong after tastes such as raw fish or sushi.
The health benefits of ginger stretch beyond its culinary appeal; it helps to control appetite, healing, and rejuvenation. You can adopt the Ayurvedic approach to broaden the balance from the mind to the body and leverage its numerous benefits by using the power of ginger.

This article originally appeared on Art of Living Retreat Center

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