‘Do you drive a car? If so, do you love your car more than yourself? (the answer should be a definite no!) Would you put the wrong gas/petrol into your car? I’m guessing not or it wouldn’t last very long. So why do you put the wrong foods into your body?’
I read this once and it got me thinking. It definitely struck a chord with me as I hardly ever considered what I was putting into my body. My thinking at the time was, if it tasted nice, then its all good with me.
Our cars are like our bodies. If you put the wrong petrol/gas in the tank then you get problems. Do it on a regular basis and the car won’t work anymore.
We are living in an era of processed food and refined sugar. We have got so busy that we eat whatever is convenient at the time. Hardly paying attention to what we put into our bodies.
People that know me know that I love plants. From plants, we get spices and herbs. Plants are natural medicines given to us by the earth. I believe for every disease there is a cure and the cure is in nature.
We need only to look and study more plants. Scientists are only now finding anti-cancer properties in turmeric. There are so many species of plants, that we as humans have not found all of the uses for them.
I came across an excellent post called ’10 must have healing foods kitchens staples you need for eating healthy’, on a website called www.aharmonyhealing.com. If you want you can check it out, the post has great information about healing foods… Today I want to talk about ginger.
Ginger is a flowering plant that belongs to the Zingiberaceae family. The underground rhizome (underground horizontal growing stem) of the ginger plant has been used as a folk medicine for many years.
I regularly use ginger in my cooking. Ginger tea is something that I drink on a regular basis. Ginger is very commonly used in cuisine in countries like Malaysia, Japan, Burma, Jamaica and India.
Ginger is hugely underestimated in this modern era. It has many benefits that not many people know about.
Here are just some of the benefits of ginger;
- Ginger is traditionally used to treat many forms of nausea. Ginger contains an active ingredient called gingerol. Gingerol is what gives ginger its spicy flavour. Studies have shown that gingerol has a powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and antioxidant effect. (1)
- Ginger is particularly useful in treating chronic inflammations, it inhibits two important enzymes that play a role in anti-inflammatory gone astray- cyclooxygenase (COX) and 5- lipoxygenase.
- Ginger has also been known to kill cold viruses. It is regularly used in Ayurvedic medicine. Ginger naturally warms the body. This is beneficial for cold winter days.
- A study involving 74 volunteers carried out at the University of Georgia found that daily ginger supplementation reduced exercise-induced muscle pain by 25%. (2)
Ginger also contains Thiamine (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Niacin (B3), Pantothenic acid (B5), Vitamin B6, Folate, Vitamin C, Vitamin E as well as Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium and Zinc.
These are just some of the great benefits of ginger, there are plenty more. Scientists have still not studied ginger fully enough to find all of its benefits.
So now we know that ginger is good for us and beneficial to our bodies. The question is due to its strong flavour, how can we get it into our diet?
One easy way to consume more ginger is by drinking ginger tea. This is simple to make and tastes great.
There are many ways in which you can make ginger tea. The method I use is;
- Bring 1 cup of water to the boil in a pan and then turn it down.
- Add 30-40g of fresh chopped ginger with one tea bag. Cover the pot.
- Slowly heat back up until tiny bubbles form around the sides of the pan.
- Leave it to simmer for 10mins (The longer you leave it the stronger it will be).
- Pour into a cup, add milk and organic honey to taste (optional).
If you feel like a change from the usual tea or coffee in the morning, give the ginger tea a try. Your body will thank you in the long run!
Do you have any other healthy tea suggestions? If you do, leave a comment below and let me know.