Ginger: Universal Medicine?

Many of you have probably tried ginger tea or enjoyed some pickled ginger on the side with your sushi dinner, but are you aware of the health benefits?! If you have any digestive issues, ginger is something you might want to try! The special enzymes are responsible for catalyzing the proteins in your food. If you have high cholesterol, ginger is a great bet to help lower your LDL (bad cholesterol) and prevent blood clots. The Ancient Greeks used to eat ginger after a large meal to ease the digestion process.

Aromatic, pungent and spicy, ginger adds flavor and zest to many Asian stir fries, fruit and vegetable dishes. It is effective in alleviating motion sickness and gastrointestinal distress by soothing the intestinal tract due to its carmative (anti spasmic) property. Ginger helps stimulate the secretion of mucus, quieting your cough or soothing your throat. It acts as an antihistamine and aids in the treatment of allergies. Because winter is fast approaching, as well as “allergy season” with the winds, ginger should be one of your top picks at the grocery store!

Ginger is also an anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory agent (contains gingerols) and protects against colorectal cancer. The scientific background of “anti-inflammatory” means that the chemical properties of the root are instrumental in inhibiting the biosynthesis of prostaglandins; which are responsible for causing inflammation. It helps nausea, vomiting, and cold sweats, especially helpful for persons receiving chemotherapy.

For nausea: ginger tea can be made by steeping one or two 1/2-inch slices (one 1/2-inch slice equals 2/3 of an ounce) of fresh ginger in a cup of hot water will likely be all you need to settle your stomach.

For arthritis: some people have found relief consuming as little as a 1/4-inch slice of fresh ginger cooked in food. For example, with fish, chicken or a vegetable stir-fry.

The healing, soothing, and invigorating qualities of ginger have given it the name, “universal medicine” by herbalists. Naturally warming, ginger supports healthy digestion. Some relate ginger to the body’s internal energy to help regain balance and harmony. Yogi’s ginger tea adds a unique blend of herbs and spices to compliment ginger’s piquant flavor.

Try Ginger Yogi Tea today!!

Ingredients:

  • Organic Ginger root
  • Organic lemongrass
  • Organic Licorice Root
  • Organic Peppermint Leaf
  • Organic black pepper

Find your life balance with ginger tea and Courtney Walberg, RD, NASM-CPT,

Founder of Nutrition For Body And Mind.