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5 surprisingly healthy reasons to add more ginger to your diet

5 surprisingly healthy reasons to add more ginger to your diet

5 surprisingly healthy reasons to add more ginger to your diet

Amazing ways you can boost your health by eating more ginger.

Whether it’s tossed in a stir-fry, blitzed in a juice or baked into our Takaka Ginger Slice, there’s no denying that ginger is a popular and versatile ingredient. But did you know it’s also packed with powerful properties that can benefit your health? Here are five reasons why you should add more ginger to your diet.

It eases nausea

If you’re pregnant and suffering morning sickness, or you’re about to travel and you know you get motion sickness, ginger could be the answer. Several studies have suggested that ginger can relieve nausea and vomiting, and starting the day with a cup of ginger tea may help calm your upset stomach.

It helps muscle soreness

Been working up a sweat at the gym? A 2013 study from the American Pain Society revealed that when consumed daily, ginger could significantly reduce pain for people suffering from exercise-induced muscle soreness. So why not add a couple of slices to your bottle of water and enjoy the benefits?

It fights infections

Ginger features powerful anti-fungal and antimicrobial compounds, which can help you fight off a cold or infection. Try some with hot water, lemon and honey to soothe a sore throat, or add a teaspoon or two to your chicken noodle soup for extra cold-fighting benefits. It also promotes a healthy mouth, as it inhibits the growth of oral bacteria linked to gum diseases such as gingivitis.

It aids digestion

Taking ginger can speed up the process of emptying your stomach and help food move through your digestive system smoothly – helping to reduce the pain and discomfort caused by chronic indigestion. It also stimulates the production of bile and digestive enzymes, and can even ease bloating by working as a carminative to help expel excess gas from the intestinal tract.

It reduces inflammation

Related to superfoods like turmeric, ginger contains the compound gingerol, which is a natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. The anti-inflammatory effect can help ease menstrual pain, as well as joint pain and stiffness associated with osteoarthritis.

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