The winter season is officially here and so is the annoying cold season. Luckily, you can find this health booster almost everywhere. Find out here what healthy substances ginger contains, what effect it has on our health and what preparation options are available. Ginger has been used as a remedy in Chinese and Indian medicine for thousands of years. The tuber has only been known in Germany for a few years. It is rich in vitamin C, calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium as well as antioxidants. It also contains gingerols, which are responsible for its unique and pungent taste.
6 health benefits of ginger:
- Effect against colds
Ginger is characterised by its expectorant effect. The pungent substances promote blood circulation in the mucous membranes. In addition, the tuber is antibacterial and warms from the inside. This can shorten the duration of a cold. However, ginger should be used with caution if you have a fever, as it raises the body temperature.
- Defence forces
In the cold seasons, you should take care of your defences. Because of the potassium, vitamin C and phosphorus it contains, a few slices of ginger will give you the best protection.
- Travel sickness and dizziness
Ginger is particularly known for its effect on nausea and dizziness. For this, it is best to eat ginger raw and avoid making tea. This is because a stomach full of tea can cause vomiting. Ginger should also be eaten with caution during pregnancy, as it promotes labour.
Ginger aids digestion and soothes the stomach. So if you have any digestive problems in the near future, try ginger as a remedy.
- External pain
The tuber is also suitable for external use, for example for sore muscles. The best way to do this is to massage the ginger onto the area to be treated and let it take effect. Ginger has an anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effect. However, you should refrain from using it on open wounds, as this can lead to an unpleasant burning sensation.
Ginger can also help with diabetes. The ingredients of ginger support the absorption of sugar in muscle cells. This can improve the insulin level.
So the question is: what is the best way to take ginger? Ginger can be consumed in many ways. Whether as a tea, raw or as a shot.
Simple and uncomplicated – raw?
In fact, ginger can be eaten raw if you like it. The taste of the tuber is unique, intense and pungent. With just a few slices a day, you can do something good for your health and support your body.
At cold times of the year you like to drink your warm tea anyway – so why not a healthy ginger tea?
To make it, slice the organic unpeeled ginger and pour boiling water over it. Let the tea stand for about 10 minutes and your booster tea is ready. It would be optimal to add lemon and a spoonful of honey to the lukewarm tea so that you retain all the benefits of honey. Your daily health tea is ready!
If you want an extra daily boost to start your day, the ginger shot is perfect.
Ingredients for 5 servings:
50 g organic ginger with peel
100 ml water
50 g honey
1) Wash the ginger and cut it into coarse pieces.
2) Peel tangerines and lemon.
3) Blend all ingredients
4) If necessary: pass the juice through a sieve to remove the pulp.
5) Enjoy a shot every day.
The drink will keep in the fridge for about 4-5 days.
It is indisputable – ginger is a thoroughly healthy tool to strengthen ourselves preventively against diseases. To strengthen our health, we should probably resort to it more often and protect ourselves in the cold seasons.