If you are aware that your daily diet can be a medicine for you, then ginger in your kitchen will not be lacking. Still with you? Then read where it could help you all. Is water healthy? I think you will be stunned.
What is ginger?
The ginger that is now available for sale everywhere is a piece of rhizome from a ginger plant. The ginger plant belongs to the family of plants that also contains turmeric, cardamom and galanga root. It is also available as a ground herb in a jar and as pieces in a sweet syrup, but I usually advocate the use of fresh ginger. This ginger has more than 5000 years of history as a medicine against all kinds of ailments, which we women often suffer more from today than our ancestors.
1. Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory
Chronic (hidden) inflammations underlie many of our current chronic diseases. Often you do not feel them, but do they lurk in your body. Ginger is known as a powerful anti-inflammatory and can help you with a wide range of chronic complaints and illnesses. This active ingredient in ginger is called 6-gingerol.
2. Ginger can significantly reduce (menstrual) pain
Ginger has for centuries been an herb that is used against all kinds of pains including menstrual pain. Cold or hot drinks in warm weather? A study of 150 women showed that if at the start of menstruation every day some ginger was taken, this pain appeared to be as effective as ibuprofen. Incidentally, ginger was also a good remedy for muscle pain after exercise. Can also be useful!
3. Ginger reduces osteoarthritis and (rheumatic) arthritis
Many women sooner or later have to deal with joint complaints. There is increasing research that shows that this is not the result of wear and tear but of chronic inflammations. Ginger helps to combat these chronic inflammations on the one hand, but it also fights the pain. A study of 247 people with osteoarthritis (often the precursor of arthritis) showed that those who received an extract of ginger had less pain, which also required less pain medication.
4. Ginger increases the absorption of nutrients
Many women are malnourished; not in calories but in nutrients. This could be the reason why your body (too) often continues to whine for food: your body then has too few nutrients to keep you healthy and sends you on the road to nutrition. Ginger can increase the absorption of nutrients from your intestines by up to 200%. This is a good reason to process some ginger in every dish. If you use ground ginger from a jar, your dish will not taste like ginger. Who knows, does it help you lose weight?
5. Ginger keeps your blood sugar level in balance (+ tip)
Another way in which ginger can help you lose weight. Too high blood sugar levels means that insulin circulates in your blood; as long as there is insulin in your blood it is impossible to lose weight. Ginger improves the effect of insulin and your insulin sensitivity. It is able to increase the uptake of glucose from your muscle and fat cells, so that both your blood sugar level and the insulin level in your blood will decrease more quickly. This helps you with insulin resistance and overweight. For this, combine ginger with some lemon juice.
Tip: start the day with a large glass of hot water with the juice of half a lemon and some grated ginger. Optionally add a spoonful of raw honey. Filtered water or bottled water.
6. Ginger helps with bloating and flatulence
Ginger stimulates the pancreas to produce various enzymes. This greatly stimulates your digestion. It increases the contractions of your stomach so your stomach contents can go to your gut faster. This will reduce bloating. Ginger also improves the peristalsis (contractions) in your intestines, which can reduce flatulence.
7. Ginger has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties
Flu and a cold can be cured faster if you use ginger. Ginger has also been shown to slow the growth of the stubborn bacterium Helicobacter Pylori. This bacterium occurs in your stomach and can be the cause of stomach cancer. There are several bacteria and viruses that are sensitive to ginger and that like to clear the field when they come into contact with it. Lemon water healthy and delicious.