Why You Should Eat More Ginger

gingerThe holiday season has me thinking about ginger. One of our elves is named Ginger. I got together with my sisters this past weekend for our annual gingerbread making day. It started as a cute thing we did on a weekday with our little kids, but over the years has turned into a 12 hour extravaganza with gingerbread towers, caroling, cousin gift giving and, for the adults, moscow mules with ginger beer, of course.

The holiday season also has me thinking about illness and how to prevent it. Viruses causing stomach bugs, the common cold and the flu are rampant and in many cases, seemingly unavoidable. The best we can do is get the flu shot, wash our hands and maintain a diet that will support our immune system.

Ginger has long been known for its health benefits.

  • It supports the body’s natural defenses against illness by boosting T-cells
  • It contains anti-oxidants, thought to fight against certain cancers, and may help eliminate foreign substances from the body, furthering its anti-cancer properties
  • It is an excellent, natural way to relieve nausea.
  • It is beneficial to the digestive system.
  • It has anti-inflammatory effects and may reduce certain heart disease risk factors.
  • It can reduce blood sugar levels.
  • Some studies show it can even reduce exercise induced muscle soreness over time.

On top of all that, it is delicious and adds interesting flavor to so many dishes. And … you can drink it in a copper mug!

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Author: Karen Latimer

Dr. Latimer is a Family Physician and Wellness & Parenting Coach. She works with parents who want to feel more confident when helping their children and coaches young adults to help them better navigate college life and transitions. Contact her at drkarenlatimer@gmail.com to learn more. She is the author of two Audible Originals, Take Back the House -- Raising Happy Parents and Worry Less, Parent Better. She is also the co-founder of the app that makes your life easier and puts social in a healthier place -- List'm.