Ginger has been used in South Asia for thousands of years and is incorporated into the traditional Indian system of Ayurvedic medicine. It's known as a healing herb, but it is also a tasty spice included in many recipes. According to the National Institutes of Health, ginger can help with scores of ailments, from digestive issues to boosting the body's immune system. The benefits are wide-ranging and include:
- Reducing the effects of nausea and vomiting from motion sickness, upset stomach and chemotherapy
- Reducingindigestion and gas
- Reducingthe symptoms of dizziness
- Reducingmenstrual pain
- Reducingpain from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
- Aiding the immune system
Tips to incorporate ginger into your diet
If you want to take advantage of the health benefits of ginger, here are five ways you can include it in your diet.
- Make an immune booster tea. Boil two cups of water, then add shredded ginger (about a thumb-sized piece). Boil for five to 10 minutes. Strain water into a mug, then add half a teaspoon of turmeric and a teaspoon of honey and lemon.
- Make ginger water. Add thin slices of ginger to a large carafe or jug of water, along with a few sprigs of mint. It's a refreshing drink you can sip all day.
- Create a meat or vegetable marinade. Ginger complements many meats, especially fish and chicken. Take a cup of soy sauce, shred in two thumb-sized pieces of ginger and a few cloves of garlic, add a tablespoon of honey, and finish off with a few splashes of Worcestershire sauce.
- Accentuate your smoothie or juice. Add a few thin slices of ginger into your green drink or fruit smoothie. Add a ginger knob into your juicer with two beets to make a super healthy juice called "Dragon's Blood."
- Create a spicy dessert. Add candied ginger into apple pies, or use ginger snap cookies for a pie crust. Sprinkle candied ginger onto vanilla ice cream with melted caramel to tantalize your taste buds.
Despite the many health benefits of ginger, avoid consuming high doses of it. If you have a bleeding disorder or a heart condition, you may want to check with your Atlanta physician before adding ginger supplements to your diet.