Week 8 – Day 5

GINGER
ginger-root

Ginger is part of the “100 Foods Dr. Oz wants in your shopping cart” list. There’s more to ginger than its bold flavor. Used widely in the kitchen, especially across Asia, ginger is chockfull of nutrients and compounds to support better health and fight ailments.

The spicy component of ginger can also stoke your internal fire and rev up your metabolism. Metabolic function is boosted by spicy food, so your body will more efficiently break down fats and proteins, and convert your food into energy.

Ginger is also known to be a mild stimulant and can be used to promote circulation. That’s why I often enjoy sipping ginger tea on cold days to get the blood pumping and generate an overall feeling of warmth. This same benefit of ginger that supports circulation has also been shown to help lower high blood pressure and keep the blood flowing to prevent blood clots. Another surprising find is that ginger can reduce motion sickness, morning sickness and nausea.

I use fresh ginger in tea – it adds a nice taste and certainly seems to help when having flulike symptoms. I’ve always enjoyed gingersnap cookies and those are actually a smart alternative to no-cookies at all. Every once in a while, it’s a nice treat.

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