Winter is here and so is the flu! Meaning that this post doesn’t come a day too early since we could use some extra Vitamins and Tips and Tricks on how to survive the cold Winter with Ginger!
If you know exactly what I’m taking about then I have one word for you guys: GINGER.
I notice that the last year Ginger is found in more and more households which is a good thing. Whether it’s in an Asian or Indian inspired dish, or just in a simple Ginger Tea or Golden Milk. Even a little bit of Ginger is already helping your body.
Let me tell you below why.
Ginger is something powerful right out of nature. It comes from a flower/plant which has its roots in China. Already many years ago it was already known for its medicinal use.
The powerful compound in ginger is Gingerol. This serves as an antioxidant which usually is found in green vegetables or blue fruit such as blueberries, but this light-yellow guy is also loaded with it.
Antioxidants helps us to fight against free radicals in our body which can occur due to bad food, but both alcohol as a bad environment increases the free radicals to attack us on the inside as well.
PACKED WITH VITAMINS
As mentioned above, ginger is an antioxidant. Which actually is a group of vitamins and minerals such as Vitamins B1, B2, B6, C and E. And these little letters are good for the following:
- Vitamin B1 (thiamine) helps to put glucose to energy and boosts your metabolism.
A sufficient intake of this is important as our bodies don’t produce B1 on their own.
- Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) regulates growth and is needed for the creation of red blood cells.
B2 is essential for a healthy skin and nails including the regulation of the thyroid.
- Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) is essential for many other vitamins which are fueled by B6.
One of these is vitamin B3 which is important as it regulates our levels of cholesterol.
- Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) boosts our immune system. So, you can say goodbye to the flu or a nasty cold. For the collagen in our body we need Vitamin C and for the metabolism of our muscles as well.
- Vitamin E is our lifesaver as it protects our cells, eyes, blood vessels, tissues and organs.
Ginger is full of B-vitamins which contributes to our level of happiness. It has been shown that people with depression often are short of vitamin B6.
It totally makes sense to me that ginger stimulates our happiness. It’s a spice that gives instant warmth, which during the Fall/Winter you can very much appreciate and helps you to relax and enjoy.
NATURAL HELP FOR NAUSEA AND MORE
A simple ginger tea can already do the trick to get rid of your nausea or to help you to relax after a hectic day or week at work. Ginger (tea) is also very much recommended for people who suffer from migraine. So, in this case ginger is a quick fix which work as goods as (or even better) a painkiller which isn’t all natural.
Had a too hard training at the gym? Try the add some ginger to limit or even reduce your soreness after legday.
This last listed benefit is best not to forget as it’s an important one as well. It helps you to focus and concentrate more which is perfect for students during the exams, but also for adults at work. To benefit from this brain trainer, you would only need the extract of 400-800 mg of ginger to get this positive effect.
Something to combine it with
So, after listing only a few of the many benefits I believe it’s time to go to the supermarket and get your dose of vitamins.
Start the day with a shot of Ginger (only for the brave among us) or add a piece of it to your tea. And if you’re still looking for something to snack with your afternoon tea, seek no further! Here you can find the recipe for these Chocolate Coconut Energy Balls which you can eat without feeling guilty.
I mean, don’t they look amazing?