Ginger root can be used as a potent spice to dress up bland meals and can also be used as a medicinal remedy for many types of illnesses. This flowering plant comes from southern China originally and has since gained popularity amongst people from around the globe for its tangy taste, health benefits, and natural remedial properties. The health benefits that relate to women include, pacifying morning sickness, increasing energy and boosting metabolism. The following is a list of several other amazing health benefits of this powerful and flavourful root.
Ginger helps with digestion
Adding ginger into your daily diet is like adding wood into the burning fire of your digestive tract. Ginger acts as a kickstart, boosting metabolism by up to 5 percent and increasing thermogenesis in your body, which helps create the right amount of heat to burn away excess fat. Some studies also support the idea that ginger keeps your metabolism hot even during times of strict dieting, where digestion tends to slow down.
Ginger helps with mood regulation
Lets face it, women are forced to deal with mood changes that come as a package deal when we are menstruating, pregnant, or just having a sensitive day. Ginger may help in increasing alertness, energy levels, and overall productivity. Need a little boost in motivation while experiencing a lethargic slump? Try adding some ginger to your tea. Ginger has been used as a holistic medicine for decades to treat mood disorders all over the world. The next time you are feeling weighed-down emotionally, reach for ginger root and let this mighty little root work its magic.
Ginger alleviates morning sickness
Pregnant? Congratulations! Experiencing morning sickness? Try drinking a warm ginger tea every night and every morning to alleviate some of the symptoms associated with morning sickness. Morning sickness is mostly likely to occur during your first trimester of pregnancy and can be alleviated by the ginger root. Ginger contains anti-nausea properties that take effect quickly and efficiently. The best part about using ginger as an anti-nausea spice is that there have been no reports of adverse side effects among pregnant women. Using ginger to fight morning sickness is an excellent natural alternative way to fight that dreaded queasy feeling you may experience during the first trimester of pregnancy.
Ginger protects against the common cold
By adding just 2 to 3 tbsp. of fresh ginger to your daily diet, you are protecting yourself signifigantly from the common cold and symptoms related to the flu. Ginger is loaded with antiviral compounds and also acts as an antioxidant, clearing the body of everyday pollutants. If you are trying to evade the common cold or flu virus, use ginger as a main source of preventaive medicine. If you have already come down with the common cold or the flu, use ginger to treat fever, nausea and relieve aches in pains. Ginger has also been proved to act as an anti-inflamatory agent, helping to signifigantly decrease the production of mucus membranes.
Incorporating ginger into your meals is fun and tasty. You dont have to use a signifigant amount of ginger in order to get the benefits of its potent flavor. A few tbsp. of freshly peeled and shredded ginger can add the perfect amount of zing to your dish. Below are some of our favorite ginger dishes.
Grilled honey ginger chicken
- 1 pound of skinless chicken breast (boneless)
- 2 teaspoons of freshly peeled and shredded ginger
- 3 tablespoons of fresh olive oil
- 2 cloves of garlic (minced)
- 3 tablespoons of local honey
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 cups of rice or pasta for side dish
- 200g of plain flour
- 3/4 teaspoon of ground up ginger
- 3/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1/2 of bicarbonate soda
- 115 grams of margarin or butter
- 4 tablespoons of brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 175 grams of syrup
Preheat oven to 180C, grease tin pan with butter or magarine. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder, bicarbonate soda, ginger cinnamon and salt. In another separate bowl mix margarine, brown sugar, syrup and egg. Mix until your reach a fluffy consistency. Mix both batters together, and pour into tin pan. Bake at 180C for up to 30 or 35 minutes or until the inside is fully cooked.