Health Benefits of Ginger Root – Relieves Discomfort and Pain

 

Ginger Root has the ability to create high potency blood, reducing your chances of ‘catching’ all colds and viruses.

This amazing root food helps to reduce morning sickness, relieve motion sickness and helps those undergoing chemotherapy treatments.

Benefits of Ginger Root

Ginger is mostly known to help those suffering from arthritis and the pain associated with it.

Ginger is the ancient ‘miracle’ spice and is given the high status of  “natural medicine chest” in all ancient Ayurvedic medicine, and that is because this amazing root has time-tested, digestion-friendly properties, in addition to its many other health benefits.

The historical reverence for ginger is simply quite staggering.

Ginger had great historic, medicinal value as a spiritual beverage, as well as an aphrodisiac, and a digestive aid.   Traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic Indian health systems viewed ginger as the ” Healing gift from God.”

Chinese pharmacopeias claim long term use of fresh ginger as putting a person in contact with “Great spiritual advantages.”   Writings of ancient texts  describe ginger as a beverage of the “holiest heavenly spirits.”

Ginger’s  healing heritage is unmatched in the history of medicine.

Here are just a handful of benefits when using Ginger in your diet:

  • Ginger activates your digestive juices. If you’re going through medical treatment and aren’t feeling up to eating, try a little fresh ginger to stimulate your appetite.
  • Ginger will improve the assimilation and absorption of essential nutrients in your body.
  • The ‘microcirculatory channels’, such as the sinuses, in your body, will be cleared up after ingesting ginger.
  •  Ginger will help with feeling nauseous, immediately!
  • Eating or drinking ginger tea, will help those who have flatulence problems, for those occasional times or for those who have gas too often.
  • Munch or drink ginger tea if you’re feeling sick in your stomach with cramps.
  • Ginger is known for its anti-inflammatory properties.  If you’re suffering from joint pain, try drinking a cup of ginger tea or munch on some fresh organic ginger to help relieve your pain symptoms quickly.
  • Throat and nose congestion will clear after a hot cup of ginger tea or eating fresh ginger in your meal.
  • The Ayurvedic texts contribute ginger to being a great aphrodisiac, so if things are dull in your bedroom try some ginger tea or fresh ginger root in your meals to spice things up, figuratively and literally =)

How to juice ginger:

Juicing with Ginger:

Using fresh ginger is best for juicing.

One inch of fresh ginger is adequate for most people. 
Begin with a 1/2 inch and go up from there.
Allow your taste buds to get used to ginger before you over do it.

Ginger can be overwhelming if you’re not used to it.  Start slow. 

Peel the skin off the ginger and rinse in cool water.

Cut up into small cubes. 

Juice your ginger in your juicing machine before your other water-rich ingredients.  
Doing this will help extract as much of the ginger as possible.

Juicing ginger works best when combined with:

  • lime
  • apple
  • pear
  • carrot
  • fennel
  • celery
  • parsley
  • spinach
  • lemon

Some awesome ginger juicing recipes:

Pear Ginger 

  • 4 pears
  • 1-inch ginger root
  • 3 sticks celery
Source: “The Big Book of Juices” by Natalie Savona

Tangy Carrot

  • 1 spear broccoli
  • 1/2 inch ginger root
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup spinach leaves
  • 3 carrots
Source: “The Juicing Bible” by Pat Crocker

Refreshing Mint

  • 2 stalks fennel
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1/2 green apple
  • 1 small handful of mint
  • 1-inch piece of ginger root

Source: “The Juice Lady’s Guide To Juicing For Health” by Cherie Calbom

Super Gallbladder Assister

  • 1 bunch spinach
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1/2 bunch celery
  • 1 bunch parsley
  • 1/2 inch ginger root
  • 2 apples
  • 1/2 lime
  • 1/2 lemon

Source: “The Everything Juicing Book” by Carole Jacobs and Chef Patrice Johnson


Risk of eating too much ginger

As with most things in life, too much of anything is not good.

 Balance is key to a healthy lived life.

Ginger rarely will cause side effects, but if eating large amounts, there is the risk of problems, according to the University of Maryland and Medical Center.

Eating too much fresh ginger root may cause heartburn, mouth irritation and diarrhea. If eating fresh ginger on an empty stomach, you may wind up with too much belching, bad taste from upset stomach, some bloating and nausea.

It is very important to chew ginger until it is of watery consistency and easy to swallow.  Because ginger is stringy and rough it has been known to cause intestinal blockage.  So chew your ginger well!

The best way to use ginger

In our home, we use ginger almost daily.  The cupboards are continually stocked with ginger tea and  other immune boosting teas. I use fresh ginger in most of my veggie stir fry dishes   

Health Benefits of Ginger Root

I buy fresh organic ginger. When looking for fresh ginger, be sure the ends of the root is not dry. It’s easy to tell once you’ve done this a few times, but if you’re new to buying ginger root, ask the grocery clerk to show you what fresh ginger looks like.

You cannot ‘smell’ ginger unless it’s cut open.  The photo to your left here shows the inside of a cut open ginger root. You can see the slight ring outline towards the outer edge of the root.  This indicates the inside is fresh and juicy, not dry and tasteless.

 

It takes practice buying fresh ginger root, but once you get it it’s easy.

Fresh organic ginger can be found in most places these days.  If you don’t see it in your local grocery store, ask the produce clerk to check in the back where shipments come in daily. Often times this root will be out, but there is still plenty in stock in the back where new shipments come in.

Ginger Root is gaining popularity, so if your store is out it is of no surprise that they will have more stocked.

When you’re going through the fresh ginger bin and you noticed many roots have been pinched or broken, note that this is common and many folks do this.

People looking to buy fresh ginger root often only want a small amount and not the entire root.  The roots are often big and not all of it is needed for one dish for meal planning.

It is OK to break off what you need, but try not to break off too many pieces of one root, leaving only tiny bits for the next shopper.  You can ‘eye’ your root and hold it in your hands, taking note of which part and what size you want before you begin breaking off too many pieces.

Health Benefits of Ginger RootIf you are new to eating ginger, the best way to begin is with a tiny bit.
This picture here shows a small portion of a bigger root. The tiny ‘finger’ can be cut off and used for beginners.
Peel the skin off the ginger and chop into tiny pieces, or grate, add to whichever dish you are preparing and only add a little bit to taste when beginning to use ginger. 

Your taste buds will adjust and you will decide how much is too much or too little. It’s always a good idea to begin with less, then add more.

My personal favorite dish with chopped up ginger:

A baked sweet potato.

This simple sweet potato is transformed by adding fresh chopped up organic ginger.

Sweet potatoes are powerful in nutritional value. One small sized potato has over 400% of your daily needs for Health Benefits of Ginger RootVitamin A, as well as tons of fiber and potassium.

It’s got more grams of natural sugars than a regular potato, but more overall nutrients and with much fewer calories.

Sweet potatoes are easy to make and easily digestible, bake evenly and are easy chop if you’re making a stir-fry.

Once the potato is baked I add a bit of coconut butter (or regular dairy butter, whichever you prefer).

I chop up fresh ginger and sprinkle it on top of the nicely heated just baked sweet potato.
Add salt and pepper to taste.

Turmeric is another ancient root with amazing healing qualities.
Ginger and Turmeric are two root foods which are great to know and understand.


 

Health Benefits of Ginger TeaHealth Benefits of Ginger Tea.

You can make your own ginger tea with the ginger root that you buy from your grocery store.

Once you’re accustomed to the taste of ginger and you’re aware of how much or little to use, you can use a strainer and create your own cup of ginger tea with what ginger root is in your kitchen.

 

Ginger, honey, and lemon are often used together when drinking this tea.

These three ingredients have their own medicinal qualities, and when combined, it creates a relaxing and calming effect that can ease symptoms of discomfort and boost immunity.

Ginger tea if taken regularly can help fight heart disease.

A few preliminary studies suggest that ginger may help prevent blood clotting, in which blood vessels become clogged that can lead to stroke or heart attack, according to the University of Maryland and Medical Center.

This root tea has also been noted for reducing cholesterol.

You can achieve all the health benefits of ginger root in a cup of hot ginger tea.

Yogi Tea is the only tea I use when I am wanting a good cup of organic ginger tea.

Here is a list of reasons why Yogi Tea is my favorite:

  • All natural with no preservatives or artificial ingredients.
  • They add a unique blend of herbs and spices that complements the ginger piquant flavor.
  • USDA certified organic herbal supplement made with non-GMO ingredients.

These are three BIG reasons why my household only drinks Yogi Tea.

Health Benefits of Ginger Tea

It is easy to buy fresh organics online nowadays.

I have reviewed each of the following items so you can purchase without 2nd guessing and enjoy shopping from the comforts of your home.

  • Fresh Ginger Root (by the bulk or less)
  • Sweet Potatoes (by the bulk or less)
  • Yogi Tea (Ginger and other Yogi Herbal Teas)

8 thoughts on “Health Benefits of Ginger Root – Relieves Discomfort and Pain

  1. Hi there,

    Thanks for this very interesting and informative post. I am a lover of ginger in fact, I had it in my dinner this evening. I use it a lot also when me ore one of the kids are unwell and I make ginger tea with it.

    I did not know that eating too much of it is bad for you.

    I also didn’t know that it was good for arthritis so thanks for such a great write up the benefits of ginger!

    1. GInger is only ‘bad’ for you if not chewed well, and if you’re eating it on an empty stomach. Like all things, if taken to excess, eating too much Ginger can cause gastrointestinal problems, otherwise, it’s an amazing root food that will do more good than harm.

      Thanks for your comment.

  2. Wow I didn’t know that gingers can also reduce morning sickness and viruses! I normally use them to make a strong ginger tea when I have coughs because their tangy flavour helps soothen your throat and prevent the cough receptors from activating.

    You’re totally right on eating too much of ginger can cause side effects, I started vomiting and experienced diarrhea when I had too much of it. How much would you advise us to take in a day if you don’t mind me asking?

    1. No, I don’t mind you asking!

      If you’re getting sick from taking too much then it’s definitely a sign you need to back off a bit. I know many people have commented how if a little is good, then more must be better, but this is very far from the truth when it comes to eating whole foods such as ginger root. Check with your Naturopathic Dr. and find out what you’re doing that makes you so sick before getting into eating more of it. thanks for your comment!

  3. hi!
    I personally love ginger too! I love buying fresh ginger and using it in teas and sauces. I make this mean thai peanut and ginger dipping sauce. It is awesome! And ginger is always in my home in case I have digestive issues or feel nauseated. I find it settles my stomach. I did not know that too much of ginger was a bad thing and could actually cause digestive issues. That’s good to know! And I will be trying it out with those sweet potatoes (of which I am a big fan of to begin with) 🙂

    1. Oh wow, love love love Thai, and anything peanut too. Peanut Pad Thai .. yummo. Yes, too much Ginger root can definitely hurt the
      digestive system. But, then again, too much of anything can hurt. I think some people believe if a little is good, then more must
      better. When people are just beginning their health programs and have never tried certain things, they tend to over do it and hurt themselves.
      It’s always good to do less than more. Thanks for your comment!!

  4. I absolutely love ginger tea with lemon. It’s the best soother and reliever of cough and cold symptoms I know of. Honey would be a great and flavourful addition.
    Great article on ginger and everything you need to know. Thanks for posting this.
    Peter

    1. Thank you, Peter. I am a big fan of Ginger tea with honey too. Nothing beats a good cup of ginger tea, especially during the cold months.
      Honey is most definitely a great addition as well. Think I’ll go off and have one right now =)

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