As the evenings are getting colder and darker, an ingredient you should be adding to your tea is ginger. Not only is it refreshing, but it has many properties that can benefit your brain power, immune system, skin, concentration and more.
Ginger is native to China and has been used for cooking and medical purposes for centuries. It was introduced in Europe much later and was mostly used as a culinary spice. Now, it gained its phenomenal popularity due to its many benefits.
Ginger has tuberous roots that can be used in cooking or tea. You can make ginger tea by using fresh grated ginger or dried ginger in normal tea bags from a supermarket and letting it soak for a few minutes.
Many also add lemon for extra vitamin C and honey for sweetness or to soothe the throat. The ginger makes the tea have a lightly spicy taste and you will get most of the nutrients and taste from it if you slice it in fresh. You can also make or buy pure ginger shots or add it to your smoothies, but et’s get into what putting a little ginger in your tea can do for your body.
Ginger is widely used for digestion problems such as vomiting, indigestion, abdominal pain, diarrhoea and nausea. A study by Nutrition Journal found that ginger can relieve nausea and vomiting for those going through chemotherapy or pregnancy.
Ginger tea with lemon can help decrease your chance of getting colds and flues during the winter as it boots your immune system. You should have a cup when you want to get warmer as it is a diaphoretic tea, meaning it will warm you from inside out.
It can also surprisingly help your brain power and decrease the risk of developing Alzheimers as it helps your overall brain function. Research also showed how it can help ease migraines and headaches as it has pain-relieving properties.
We know stress can cause more breakouts on your skin. So, if that’s something that happens to you. ginger can fix both of those problems. Ginger can help regulate mood swings and lower stress levels and ginger skincare products can help stimulate blood flow and reduce redness in the skin as it has anti-inflammatory properties.
Some vitamins and minerals worth mentioning that are present in ginger are Vitamin B3 and B6, Iron, Potassium, Vitamin C, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc, Folate.
So, next time your food shopping and spot a ginger root pick one up and try it out. Who knew a little root can have so many benefits?
Remember, natural remedies for issues mentioned above might help, however, if you’re concerned always talk to your GP.
Author: Kinga Piotrowska
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