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Why you need to take ginger more often

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By Esther Muchene | 4 days ago | 3 min read

 Most people use ginger to flavour their meals and tea (Photo: KHealth)

Ginger has graced us with its unique flavour for hundreds, even thousands of years. We see them all the time on shelves at the stores or at local markets and it’s an ingredient that can add powerful tastes to your meals.

Ginger is famous for its strong taste but it also doesn’t joke when it comes to its medicinal properties. Maybe you have been including it in your meals or drinking it as a tea without realizing the real benefits that you have been experiencing.

And the best part is, that the advantages of consuming ginger have been proven. These are some of the reasons why you should be taking it more often:

  • It can enhance your weight loss process

The direct path to weight loss is eating healthy and exercising regularly. But, there are also a couple of health tricks that can make the process even better and one of them is adding more ginger to your diet.

Many studies have been done using ginger tablets, powders and other forms of it to test its effectiveness in weight loss and so far, the results have been positive.

It can also help you if your goal is just to maintain a healthy weight and it also comes in handy for muscle recovery after a good workout.

  • It can improve digestion

Experiencing digestion problems sucks. You’re constantly uncomfortable and it can also slow down your day.

Whether you have chronic digestive problems or are just dealing with the occasional problems like constipation, ginger can come through for you.

It speeds up bowel movement and helps to ease different digestive conditions.

  • It helps maintain oral health

Oral health is a big part of our overall health and that is why we need to maintain proper oral hygiene. When everything is in top shape in there, you’re also more confident, which is another bonus of doing all you can to keep your teeth and gums in check.

With issues like plaque and gum disease, you can benefit from ginger too. It combines its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties to ward off infections. It can also act as a natural pain reliever to help you recover faster from a toothache.

  • It’s an immunity strengthener

Sometimes our immunity isn’t where it should be. This leaves us exposed to problems like flu infections.

Ginger helps to prevent these infections by enhancing immune response and it’s also beneficial when you’re recovering from a cold you already have.

Although there is still more research that needs to be done, there is still also evidence to confirm that ginger can enhance respiratory health in general.

  • It can help protect your body from cancer

The type of lifestyle you live can either increase or reduce your risk of developing cancer. The right foods can help shield your cells and this is something that ginger can do.

Its key property, gingerol, can help prevent different types of gastrointestinal cancers.

Side Note:

As you embrace the health benefits of ginger, you should still consult your doctor first if you have underlying health conditions. Also, you should consume ginger in moderation to prevent health complications.

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