Ginger, whose scientific name is Zingiber officinalis , is a root that can be used in food preparation. As it is slightly peppered, it can reduce the need to use salt, for example. Additionally, it can be used to treat colds and flu, sore throat and nausea.
It is noteworthy that ginger is not suitable for allergic people, nor for those who ingest anticoagulant drugs. People who use medication to control blood pressure should also talk to their doctor in advance.
WHAT IS GINGER TEA
Ginger, a root native to Asia, is widely used when it comes to digestive problems. This is because it helps in the digestion of fatty foods, protects the liver and fights bad digestion. It is worth mentioning that ginger substances are used in the manufacture of antacids and laxatives.
In addition to all the benefits in medicine and cooking, it is also possible to make ginger tea. The tea, which has numerous health benefits, can be found in supermarkets, natural food stores, drugstores, compounding pharmacies and fairs. It can be consumed fresh , canned, as tea and in capsules. Additionally, ginger can be used in the preparation of dishes and desserts.
BENEFITS OF GINGER TEA
See below the benefits of ginger tea:
1. Assists in the weight loss process
Ginger tea helps a person lose weight as it speeds up metabolism and encourages fat burning. Additionally, the compounds present in the root increase heat production, which, in turn, also helps with weight loss.
2. Fights heartburn and malaise
While ginger is widely suggested when someone has intestinal gas or heartburn, it is ideal to consume it as a tea. Three cups a day is enough to make you feel better.
3. It works as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory
Since ginger has an antioxidant action, it prevents illnesses such as colds and flu. In addition, it has an anti-inflammatory action, therefore, it minimizes the symptoms of bone diseases and respiratory diseases, such as bronchitis, for example.
4. Minimizes the effects of nausea
It is known that cancer treatments trigger episodes of nausea, nausea and vomiting. Thus, ginger tea helps to reduce these ailments after three days of consumption. It is suggested that it be ingested, preferably, in the morning.
5. Protects the digestive system
Ginger helps fight the effects of the H. pylori bacteria , the main cause of ulcers. In this sense, ginger tea, in addition to protecting the stomach, prevents the appearance of cancer. It is worth adding that, for the most part, cancer is linked to cell changes triggered by the ulcer.
6. Regulates blood pressure
Ginger tea can help people who have high blood pressure as it works to stabilize it. This is because ginger inhibits the formation of fatty plaque, which, in turn, favors blood circulation. Furthermore, it makes the blood more fluid.
7. Reduces menstrual cramps
It is known that many women suffer from menstrual cramps. For these cases, researchers have identified that ginger tea, which has anti-inflammatory properties, minimizes the pain caused by contractions of the uterus.
GINGER TEA PROPERTIES
See below the properties of ginger tea:
- Fungicidal action;
- Bactericidal action;
- Antioxidant action;
- Antimicrobial action; and
- Anti-inflammatory action.
WHAT IS GINGER TEA FOR
Ginger is a root widely used in the preparation of some dishes. As for tea, it is a drink that can be used for different purposes:
- slimming; and
- Strengthening the immune system.
HOW TO MAKE GINGER TEA
Many people enjoy ginger tea, either because it is simple to prepare or because it is very good for your health.
Follow below how to make ginger tea:
- 1 piece of ginger;
- 2 cups (tea) of water; and
- Honey to taste.
INITIALLY, IT IS NECESSARY TO WASH THE GINGER SKIN WELL. ONCE THAT’S DONE, DRY IT WITH A CLEAN CLOTH AND CUT IT INTO SLICES. PUT WATER AND THE GINGER SLICES IN A PAN AND BRING IT TO THE FIRE. AS SOON AS THE BOILING PROCESS STARTS, TURN IT OFF AND LET IT SIT FOR TEN MINUTES. SWEETEN WITH HONEY AND SERVE.
GINGER TEA SLIMS
Ginger tea helps in the weight loss process, as, in addition to being a diuretic, it is considered a thermogenic food. In this way, ginger makes the metabolism increase and, consequently, expends more energy.
It should be added that, in addition to helping to lose weight, ginger also helps in the digestive process. In this sense, ingesting ginger tea daily helps to lose weight, as long as it is added to a balanced diet and regular physical activity.
Avoid consuming sweets and foods rich in wheat flour, such as pizzas, breads and cookies. Also avoid consuming sodas and processed juices. Opt for lean meats, eggs and green vegetables.
GINGER TEA RECIPES
Note the following recipes for ginger tea:
1. GINGER WITH LEMON
- 200 ml of water;
- 2 lemon juice;
- 1 teaspoon of honey; and
- 2 inches of ginger.
To prepare this tea, separate the water and ginger. Place together in a pan and bring to a boil. Turn off the heat, then add the honey and lemon. In addition to strengthening the immune system, it is abundant in vitamin C.
2. GINGER TEA WITH MINT
- 1 tablespoon of honey;
- 2 glasses of water;
- 3 sprigs of mint;
- 3 unshelled carrots; and
- 1 spoon of sliced ginger.
Gather all ingredients and blend in a blender. After that, strain and sweeten with honey. Store syrup in a tightly sealed container. If you have a cold, this solution can work as an expectorant and should be taken between meals.
GINGER TEA FOR COUGH
Ginger tea is an advisable remedy to relieve coughing. This is because, in addition to functioning as an expectorant, it has an anti-inflammatory action. In this way, ginger tea helps to reduce the phlegm produced during the flu. It is important to point out that phlegm can be accompanied by other symptoms, such as headache, physical fatigue, fever and shortness of breath. If this happens, the doctor should be consulted. Remember that irresponsibly taking medication can either aggravate the disease or help mask certain symptoms.
Although ginger tea helps to minimize the effects of coughing, it is suggested that the individual drink plenty of water. This practice, in addition to helping to keep the body well hydrated, hydration minimizes symptoms and fortifies the body against the virus.
Here is a recipe for ginger tea to reduce coughing:
GINGER TEA WITH CINNAMON
- 1 liter of water;
- 1 cinnamon stick; and
- 5 inches of ginger.
To prepare this tea, put the water on the fire until the boiling process begins. Turn off and add cinnamon and ginger. It does not need to be strained or sweetened. If you want, opt for honey, which is also very effective for those who are coughing a lot. As it has a pleasant flavor, it can be eaten hot or cold.
Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.