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In traditional Chinese medicine, ginger is used to remedy a wide range of issues, including aches and pains, inflammation, chest congestion, coughs and colds, digestion, and metabolism problems. In this episode, Jen talks about the health benefits of having more ginger in your diet and how daily ginger shots can be beneficial for staying strong, fit and healthy.

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In traditional Chinese medicine, ginger is used to remedy a wide range of issues, including aches and pains, inflammation, chest congestion, coughs and colds, digestion, and metabolism problems.

Ginger has strong effects on the stomach, lungs and spleen meridians. Fresh ginger has a warming quality, and dried ginger has a hotter nature. Yang foods, such as red meat, ginger, pepper and garlic, generate warm or hot energy. Yin foods generate cold or cool energy in the body, such as watermelon, bitter melon, crab and most green vegetables. 

Wondering what ailments ginger can help with?

Improve stomach performance 

Ginger is useful in improving digestion and increasing food absorption. Ginger tea can settle bloating after overeating.

Reduce inflammation

Ginger contains anti-inflammatory properties that make it an ideal home remedy for muscle and joint problems. 

Fight respiratory problems

Ginger tea can help relieve congestion associated with the common cold. Also, check out episode 3 for my ‘Jen’s Sludge’ recipe.

Improve blood circulation

The vitamins, minerals and amino acids in ginger tea can help restore and improve blood circulation, decreasing the chance of cardiovascular problems.

Ginger may also prevent fat from depositing in the arteries to prevent heart attacks and stroke. In a study from 2008, people who received 3 grams of ginger powder (in capsule form) each day also saw significant reductions in most cholesterol markers. Their LDL (bad) cholesterol levels dropped by 10% over 45 days.

Relieve menstrual discomfort

Ginger tea with honey is for all women suffering from menstrual cramps. It may help relieve the pain and relax the muscles. 

Relieve stress 

Ginger tea has calming properties that may help lower your stress and tension. 

Lower blood sugar

Ginger has been shown to lower blood sugar levels and improve various heart disease risk factors in people with type 2 diabetes.

Why does ginger help with so many ailments?

The main bioactive compound in ginger is Gingerol. It’s responsible for much of ginger’s medicinal properties. Gingerol has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, according to research. For instance, it may help reduce oxidative stress, resulting from having an excess number of free radicals in the body. Ginger may fight harmful bacteria and viruses, which could reduce your risk for infections.

But, like everything, moderation is key. One or two cups a day will amp up your health and won’t cause any side effect. Ginger can be used fresh, dried, powdered, or as an essential oil in massage or juice. 

Healthy Life Hacks

So, the healthy life hack I want to leave you with today is: 

  1. Bring ginger into your weekly routine, whether it is tea, juice or cooking

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