Ginger, It’s Not Just for Sushi

The root of the ginger plant is used for flavoring drinks or spicing up dishes. The root is also sliced, and often pickled, to be served with sushi, to cleanse the palate. But Ginger is more than just a warming root. It has been noted as having powerful medicinal properties.

Ginger is an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. This can help relieve pain and alleviate problems.

Stomach and Digestive Issues

It’s probably most known for its ability to ease motion sickness. However, ginger can also alleviate many stomach and digestive issues including: nausea, gas, diarrhea, IBS, sour stomach, and menstrual pain.

Joint and Muscle Pains

Because ginger is an anti-inflammatory, it may provide relief for rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, lower back pain, and other joint/muscle pains.

Headaches and Respiratory Issues

Ginger has also been used for migraines, headaches, bronchitis, upper respiratory infections, cough, and respiratory issues.

Skin Irritations

The juice can be used to treat burns and the extract may ward off insect bites.

Ginger, with its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, can make a powerful medicinal tool. However, be careful if you have any health conditions or you’re pregnant. It’s best to talk with a doctor before adding supplements to your diet. Ginger may have some interactions with blood thinners, as well as medications for diabetes and high blood pressure. Ginger may thin blood and increase insulin levels.

The dosage of ginger may vary depending on what you are using it for. But keep in mind, small dosages are typically better, around 4 grams or less a day. 5 grams or more is considered a higher dosage. Although side effects are rare in small doses, they are more common in high doses (gas, heartburn, upset stomach, and mouth irritation).

There are plenty of ways you can introduce ginger into your diet, supplements, hot teas, soft drinks, stir fries, soups, and as a palate cleanser with sushi. Are you ready to give it a try?

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