Ginger - The Traditional Answer to Your Health Problems!

on July 03, 2020

Well… 2020 isn’t just an year in our life, it is actually a realization phase of our life. While we are half way through the year, we have realized how granted we took everything: our routine lives, our freedom, our mother Earth and many more things but most importantly our health and well being. 

While the Coronavirus (popularly known as COVID-19) pandemic has brought the entire globe on its knees, every nation is facing a tough time to cope up with the crisis. As per the latest statistics, more than 1 crore people are still infected with Coronavirus while over 5 lakh people lost their lives due to COVID-19 across the globe. Despite such staggering figures, no vaccine has been effectively developed as of now. 

Ginger for Health

While medicines and tablets are losing their effectiveness, it’s time for us to adopt the old school method to boost our immunity and stay healthy. Ayurveda (popularly known as Science of Life) has always been by our side since childhood and has been the “to go medicine” form our grandmother’s, whenever we fell ill or had bruises on our skin. The homemade natural nutrients have always been the secret of our health and fitness which have been ignored for long. 

Whenever we fell ill, we preferred visiting a doctor but did not pay any heed to the natural medicine that was lying among the vegetables i.e. GINGER.  Apart from the taste that it adds to food items, it is beneficial for our health as well. It is one of most widely used component of Ayurveda. We have come a long way and yet most of us did not know the basic qualities of ginger. 

In this blog, we are going to talk about Ginger, why it is important for us to be friends with it, how to consume it to reap it's benefits and the precautions to be taken care of. 

So let’s start building our blocks, and understand more about it...

GINGER: What it is?

As per studies, Ginger is basically a plant which has leafy stems and yellowish green flowers. It belongs to the plant family that includes Cardamom and Turmeric. It’s roots known as rhizome are used in making spices and medicines as well. It was natively grown in warmer parts of Asia such as Japan, India, China but now it is also grown in South America and Africa. Though, it is used as a spice in most of the households due to the flavor that it adds, it has many unnoticed medicinal properties as well which could boost our immunity and help us to stay fit and healthy naturally

Now, that you know about Ginger theoretically let us take a look at the wonders that it can do:

Why to add Ginger to your life?

Ginger has so many medicinal properties and that is why it is considered as a medicine in itself. Reports suggest the following common benefits that we can have if we include ginger in our daily diet. Take a look below to understand how beneficial it could be for you and why it is important to make it your health buddy!

  • Removes Fine Lines and Scars

Ginger possess high anti-oxidant properties which helps in reducing the formation of fine lines and scars on skin and makes your face look brighter, radiant and young. It also helps in reducing the intensity and pigmentation of scars.

  • Reduces Cellulite

Cellulite is basically which describes the presence of excessive fat tissue in the legs. Ginger is helpful as it burns the fat in these areas and thus reduces Cellulite.

  • Aids in Weight Loss

Ginger is a natural weight loss remedy. Just by adding 2-4 thin slices of ginger to tea can not only give you a refreshing feel but could also help in burning the calories and shedding the extra kilos.

  • Boosts the Digestion

Eating fresh ginger just before lunch and dinner would not only fire up your digestive system but would also increase your appetite. As a result, the food that you eat will be easily broken down and the nutrients would be carried to the body tissues. In this way, consuming ginger would soothe your stomach and would be helpful in avoiding Indigestion.

  • Keeps Stomach Ulcers at bay

Ginger powder when consumed actually helps in avoiding the chances of having stomach ulcers as it reduces the inflammatory proteins to some extent and blocks the enzymes which are responsible for the formation of stomach ulcers.

  • Treats Nausea

Ginger has been effective in bringing down the sensation in the body which urges the individual to vomit. It also reduces the nausea symptoms in patients who are undergoing chemotherapy for any type of cancer, as claimed by many studies. 

  • Removes Cavities and helps in treatment of Tooth Decay

Ginger extract reduces the formation of biofilm which is responsible for developing cavities on our gums and teeth and ultimately leads to tooth decay. Ginger consists of an active ingredient raffinose which blocks the function of galactose which is responsible for the formation of biofilm. Thus, it is exceptionally well to treat unhealthy tooth.

  • Age old remedy for Cough

Since ages, Ginger has been used as a homemade remedy for cough and common cold. It contains essential oils combined with antioxidants and oleoresin which is known to have powerful cough suppressant properties and soothes immediately from cough.

  • Improves Eyesight

Ginger if included in our daily diet is proven to improve our eye sight to a certain extent, as supported by some studies. The best way to consume it is to mix it with carrot juice, although the spicy heat of the ginger in the carrot sounds weird but it definitely is a healthy and delicious drink. 

  • Prevents Cancer

Ginger is also popular due to its property to prevent cancer. It contains a compound known as 6-gingerol which is believed to block the growth of cancer cells in the body. Many studies have also regarded ginger as important for preventing pancreatic, ovary and prostate cancer.

Even after knowing the medicinal qualities ginger possess and the benefits for health, it still remains one of the most unappreciated and ignored super food ever. With number of varieties of ginger from organic ginger powder, dry ginger and raw that can be ordered online, we must give it the place it deserves. 

Now that you are amazed by the benefits of Ginger for your health, you might want to know, how to include it to your diet:

How to Consume Ginger?

  • The best way to reap the health benefits of ginger is by including it in our daily diet. Traditionally, our grandmother’s have taught us to eat Raw Ginger as all the benefits that it posses could be deduced out of it. While it sounds easy to add thin or thick slices of ginger in our daily diet while drinking tea or juice mixed with lime and a pinch of salt and ginger. Taking this health drink twice a day before meals boosts your health and keep digestive system healthy. While most of us find it difficult to consume ginger in this form because of its pungent taste, some will enjoy it.
  • Ginger is widely used in the powdered form, be it Organic Ginger Powder or non-organic. While this is a modern approach, most of the individuals find it a comparatively easy way, as the life span of ginger in powdered form is more and it is easy to store. A small amount of organic ginger powder could be easily added and mixed while making tea or juice which would add to the flavor and to your health as well.
  • In comparison to Raw Ginger, while consuming Organic Ginger Powder you could avoid it’s pungent taste but still you don’t miss out on the benefits that it has for you. You can easily order the pure and fresh 100% organic ginger powder from the Himalayas or other parts. 
  • Other way to consume ginger is in the form of Ginger Pickle, which is again a will benefit your health.  

While you would be highly impressed with the medicinal properties that Ginger possess, here are a few things that you must know before consuming ginger. 

What Studies Say About consuming Ginger?

Undoubtedly, consuming Ginger on a daily basis can be beneficial for your body. While it could relieve you from some of the common problems that you face, here are the list of points that you must consider so that your health does not gets affected, as per research. They are :-

  • Do not consume more than 4 grams of Ginger in any form on a particular day.
  • If you are pregnant, breast feeding, have certain heart conditions, diabetes, gallstones or about to undergo any kind of surgery, make sure you consult your doctor before you decide to take ginger as a supplement for your good health and immunity.
  • Avoid consuming Ginger, if you have an upset stomach which causes a burning in your stomach and mouth. Also, it is considered safe to avoid ginger if you face heart burn or gastric problems.
  • If you feel dizziness or a wound on your skin through which blood just rushes out, it is advised to avoid using Ginger. 

Takeaway

As the old proverb goes," excess of anything is bad", similarly over consumption of Ginger could cause side effects to your health and body. But if you can keep a balance, then don't worry you are good to add this super food to your daily diet. 

Rest we will leave it up to you to decide, whether to try it or not; but we would simply love if you share your “Ginger stories” and how it had made an impact on your life!

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