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The Root of Ginger - Why It Should Be In Your DietThere are few things in life that deserve as much praise as the humble ginger root. For thousands of years, civilizations have discovered the natural healing properties, dietary rewards, and even cosmetic benefits of ginger.


For those in professions that require an intense speaking or singing regimen, ginger can not only help soothe your overused voice, but help to build up your body's defenses to throat-harming bacteria and viruses. In addition to the many benefits for your voice, ginger has a multitude of offerings for your general health and beauty as well...which is great if you happen to be on camera as well!

So singers, actors, politicians, lawyers, broadcasters, and motivational speakers listen up while we get to the root of ginger and why it should be mandatory in your diet.

1. Fight the Common Cold

Ginger is potent anti-inflammatory, which means helping to bring down inflammation in the chest and mucous cavities to help clear congestion. Ginger is also comprised of a large amount of antiviral and antioxidant compounds including vitamins C and B6, essential oils, calcium, sulfur, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorous.
"Zingiber officinale, the official name of the common ginger was coined by the famous eighteenth-century Swedish botanist and general naturalist, Carl Linnaeus. While Latinizing the name, Carl Linnaeus also derived the name Zingiber for the generic term, using the Indian Sanskrit name for ginger - singabera, or shaped like a horn." (Herbs2000.com)

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2. Aid in Digestion

Ginger contains the compounds gingerol and shagaol, which are essential for a healthy digestive system. Adding ginger to your diet can help aid in digestion and stimulate the production of saliva, bile, and gastric juices that aid in breaking down of your food.   (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center)

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3. Relieve Acid Reflux

Which goes along with benefit number 2. The Molecular Research and Food Nutrition found in 2007 that when compared to conventional acid blockers like Prevacid (lansoprazole), ginger was found to be six to eight times as effective in inhibiting acid production. Ginger's acid-blocking properties, combined with its anti-inflammatory compounds mean that not only can ginger help to prevent excess acid in your intestines, but it can help reduce the inflammation that leads to painful acid reflux.

The best way to take ginger to prevent acid reflux is in its whole form, rather than ginger supplements. Chop ginger and add it to your favorite recipes, vinaigrette, or steep whole pieces of ginger (peeled) in tea.

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4. Reduce Nausea

If you are pregnant, suffer from motion sickness, receiving chemotherapy, or just simply feeling a bit nauseous, ginger is one of the most tried-and-tested remedies. The University of Maryland studied the use of ginger on treating nausea and findings suggested that consuming 1 gram of ginger daily may reduce nausea and vomiting in pregnant women when used for short periods (no longer than 4 days).
In a small study of 30 pregnant women with severe vomiting, those who took 1 gram of ginger every day for 4 days reported more relief from vomiting than those who took placebo. In a larger study of 70 pregnant women with nausea and vomiting, those who got a similar dose of ginger felt less nauseous and did not vomit as much as those who got placebo. (University of Maryland)

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5. Boost Your Metabolism

Ginger can help to increase and improve circulation and boost your body's metabolic rate by increasing your body temperature by as much as 20%. This is called the thermic effect of food. Oh, ginger can also help increase satiety, making you feel more satisfied and prevent food cravings!
The thermic effect of food, also known as diet-induced thermogenesis or postprandial thermogenesis, refers to the increase in metabolic rate (i.e. the rate at which your body burns calories) that occurs after ingestion of food. When you eat food, your body must expend some energy (i.e. calories) to digest, absorb, and store the nutrients in the food you've eaten. Therefore, as a result of the thermic effect of food, by consuming calories you actually increase the rate at which your body burns calories. (Shapesense.com)

Certain foods have the ability to increase the body temperature and therefore boost metabolism and burn more calories. This is called the thermogenic effect. Ginger has a high thermogenic effect when incorporated into your diet.

Here is a delicious way to incorporate ginger into a healthy diet and reap the benefits of its thermic effect:

Ginger Stir Fry

4oz of lean protein (chicken, turkey, fish)

1/4 cup fresh grated ginger

1/2 cup thinly sliced bell peppers

1/2 cup water chestnuts

1/2 cup broccoli

1/3 cup brown rice

3 TBSP Lite Soy Sauce


Saute the protein until it is 3/4 of the way cooked, then add in the ginger, bell peppers, broccoli, and water chestnuts. Finish with the light soy sauce. Cook together until the protein is cooked and the vegetables have a slight snap.

Nutritional Information: 3 oz. chicken, 1 cup bell peppers, 1/3 cup brown rice with 1 tsp shredded ginger: 230 calories, 3g fat, 0g saturated fat, 23g protein, 20g carbs, 5g fiber

There are more benefits to ginger than we can cover in one piece, so stay tuned for more to come on the amazing root!

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