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This Month In Diet
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    Healthy fats provide energy, help your body absorb vitamins and minerals, and are needed for cell growth, muscle movement, blood clotting, and healthy inflammation. But other fats, like saturated fats, should be avoided at all costs. Read >>
  • Spice Things Up with Ginger
    In addition to being delicious, ginger is one of the healthiest spices you can eat. Here’s how it can improve your health. Read >>
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Spice Things Up with Ginger

Ever been told you should eat more ginger? Well, you should.

Originating in China, the root of the ginger plant comes in many different forms: a dried spice, an oil, powdered, fresh, tea, or juice. Many Asian and Indian foods are made with ginger, but you’ll also find it in cookies, cakes, soda, and savory meats. In addition to its culinary uses, ginger has been known for its healing properties for thousands of years. That’s because ginger is a superfood that’s filled with a powerful blend of nutrients, antioxidants, and compounds that are good for a wide range of health conditions. The natural oil found in ginger, called gingerol, is the reason ginger has such powerful health benefits.

In addition to being delicious, ginger is one of the healthiest spices you can eat. Here’s how it can improve your health.

Relieves Nausea

One of the most well known facts about ginger is its ability to relieve nausea. Have morning sickness, seasickness, or nausea from chemotherapy? You may want to consider treating your nausea with ginger. Talk with your doctor before taking large amounts, but you should be safe to take 1 to 1.5 grams of ginger a day. You can chew raw ginger, suck a ginger lozenge, or drink ginger tea.

Treats Indigestion

Slow emptying of the stomach is a common cause of indigestion. This pain and discomfort in your stomach can be relieved with ginger. The compounds found in this root are known to help food move faster through the stomach while increasing saliva and bile production. Ginger also reduces stomach contractions as food moves through the digestive tract. Take 1 gram of ginger powder before each meal and see if your indigestion lessens.

Reduces Muscle Soreness

Do you like to exercise but hate the muscle soreness you feel the next day? Then ginger may be your answer. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, taking a daily supplement of ginger may reduce exercise-induced muscle soreness by 25 percent.

Relieves Menstrual Cramps

If you’re one of the millions of women who suffer from painful menstrual cramps each month, then you may find relief with ginger. Known for its powerful pain-relieving properties, ginger may be as effective as ibuprofen. Take 1 gram of ginger powder each day for the first three days of your period and enjoy an easier go this month.

Lowers Blood Sugar Levels

Diabetics may find that ginger helps lower blood sugar levels. In a study, people with type 2 diabetes who took 2 grams of ginger a day saw a 12 percent reduction in their fasting blood sugar and a 10 percent reduction in their HbA1c numbers. Pretty impressive for such an easy dietary addition.

Improves Brain Function

Cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease may be caused in part by inflammation and oxidative stress. Here enters the powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds found in ginger. Studies show ginger helps protect brain function and improve memory in the elderly, but it’s never too early to start.

Reduces Arthritis Pain

Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are characterized by joint pain and stiffness, which make normal everyday activities difficult. The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger can help bring relief to the pain of these common conditions. To help relieve pain, take up to 2 grams divided into three doses each day or drink up to 4 cups of ginger tea a day.

Fights Infection

Another reason to include more ginger in your diet is its ability to fight off infections and hinder the growth of bacteria. Whether you’re fighting the common cold, the flu, a respiratory illness, gingivitis, or periodontitis, drink some ginger tea for a speedy recovery.

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