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Give Your Health Some Spice With Ginger

By Donna Stark

From here until the end of the year, you can probably expect to eat more than you normally would. And although that may sound pretty darn amazing, it can actually lead to upset stomachs and a general sense of feeling unwell. But what can you do about that? Short of saying no to all the tempting dishes sitting out on the buffet table, is there anything else to try? Well, yes there is! You can heal yourself naturally simply by adding more ginger to your diet!

Benefits of Ginger

Ginger is a common spice found in millions of kitchens worldwide. Its robust flavors and versatility have been its hallmark traits for centuries, but the real power of ginger comes from its proven health benefits, specifically the relief it provides to an upset stomach. Let's take a look at how ginger can help you feel better during this busy time of the year.

  • Nausea - Nausea is one of the top reasons why ginger is the first thing people grab when feeling unwell. Ginger has been shown to help reduce the intensity of this symptom by calming the stomach down. Ginger is also great for motion sickness.
  • Digestion - Do you feel like there is a brick sitting in your stomach after eating a large meal? If so, ginger may become your new best friend because it can help support optimal function of the body's digestive system.
  • Inflammation - Chronic and excessive inflammation can wreak havoc on your body, but fortunately, ginger may be able to help. Ginger is filled with anti-inflammatory properties that will inhibit the production of inflammation.

Incorporating Ginger Into Your Diet

From your first meal of the day to your bedtime cup of tea, there are so many different ways you can add ginger to your daily routine. Here are some quick and easy suggestions.

  • Tea - Wash and thinly slice your fresh ginger before adding it to a small pot of water. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat to low. Let your ginger tea simmer for a few minutes before enjoying.
  • Breakfast smoothie - You've added the fruit, leafy greens, and unsweetened nut milk, now it's time to throw in some ginger. Add a slice of peeled ginger to the mix and get ready to experience a little extra kick.
  • Baked goods - Thankfully, ginger can be added to more things other than gingerbread cookies. Experiment with flavors by adding it to your homemade breads, cookies, bars, cakes, and muffins.

Spice Things Up

Are you excited to try new recipes that include ginger now? Feel free to get crazy in the kitchen by experimenting with this potent and healthy spice. Who knows? It may even become your new favorite ingredient to use!

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