The Medicinal Benefits of Ginger and 5 Ways to Add it to Your Diet
The usual is to have ginger in tea form or as a part of familiar recipes, but there are actually many different ways to enjoy the power of this medicinal root. Learn more about them and try them for yourself!
Ginger is a root that has become very common and well-known over the years for the fantastic flavor it adds to food.
However, it does more than that; it has the ability to relieve all types of pain and different kinds of health problems, including:
- Ginger is great for treating gastritis, ulcers, and diarrhea.
- It also works as a stomach protector.
- This root is wonderful at fighting throat infection and inflammation.
- If you participate in activities that require a lot of talking or singing, for example, it’s a good idea to take a bit of ginger beforehand to strengthen your voice.
Nausea and vomiting
- Pregnant women are often recommended to consume ginger to help with this problem.
- If you’re in your first few months of pregnancy, try to keep it on hand.
- You can make a tea and have it ready for when nausea comes.
After seeing all of these benefits, you probably want to know some ways to include ginger in your diet.
Read below and pick your favorite.
1. Ginger tea
Many people’s favorite is ginger tea. It is actually a very fast, easy option to get in some ginger.
This option will relieve pain and relax your body after a busy day, as you enjoy the delights of this hot beverage.
- 1 cup of water (250 ml)
- 1 tablespoon of sliced ginger (10 g)
- Juice of one lemon
- 1 teaspoon of honey (7.5 g) (or sweetener of your choice)
- Heat the water until boiling.
- Then remove from heat and add the tablespoon of ginger.
- Let sit for 5 minutes.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and enjoy your scrumptious tea.
Another alternative for ginger tea is to substitute milk for the water or orange juice for the lemon.
2. Powdered ginger
Many people know about powdered ginger you can buy at the store and how it’s the easiest way to take ginger, but it’s actually just as simple to make at home too.
All you need to do to turn your gingerroot into powder is:
- Take a piece of ginger and wash well.
- Dry in the sun for a day, or microwave it.
- Process using a blender, mortar and pestle, or coffee grinder until it forms a fine powder.
- Keep in a glass jar or plastic bag to use whenever you want.
The powdered form of ginger makes it easy to add to your foods for a little extra seasoning.
The next time you bake chicken or any other meat, add powdered ginger (but just use a little because it is very strong).
3. Candied ginger
Candied ginger, also called crystallized ginger, is a delicious sweet made from the fresh root.
- It is washed well and then cooked several times in concentrated syrup and set out to dry.
You can find it in supermarkets or natural food stores.
- To keep it fresh, we recommend storing it in a tightly closed container and in a cool, dark place, but not for more than a month. After this time they shrink and get hard.
Crystallized ginger is just delicious.
- You can add it to homemade bread along with chopped walnuts.
- We also suggest adding it to apple pie. You’ll love the added spice.
One more option is to just have a piece of candied ginger as a little dessert when you have a sweet tooth.
That said, don’t take a big bite — it’s pretty strong.
4. Ginger candies
Another way to have ginger is in candy form. It’s best to make it yourself and limit yourself to one or two pieces occasionally to avoid glucose problems.
This tip is especially pertinent for people with diabetes or prediabetes.
Ginger candies are a delicious alternative for helping with dizziness on long trips or from pregnancy.
- 1 cup of ginger tea (250 ml)
- 1 1/2 cups of sugar (300 g)
- Small silicon molds for candy, gelatin, or chocolate.
- Put the ingredients in a large, deep pot and heat on low heat until it begins to boil.
- Remove from heat and pour into the molds. Let chill.
- The next day, remove the sweets from the molds and keep in a glass jar in a cool, dry place.
“Check out this article: How to Lose Weight with Ginger Tea (and when to avoid it)”
5. Ginger syrup
This is a delicious, sweet way to consume ginger that can be used as a dessert or to enhance fruit preserves, especially melon or pear.
If you’re someone who loves anything sweet and salty, put some ginger syrup together with baked ham or pork.
You’ll see how delicious they are together.
- 1 1/4 cups of fresh ginger (250 g)
- 1 liter of water
- 2 1/2 cups of sugar (500 g)
- Wash and peel the ginger, then let dry for a few days.
- Boil the water and add the sugar. Stir until dissolved.
- Add the sliced or grated ginger and let cook.
- When it thickens to a texture you like, remove from heat and keep in a tightly sealed glass container.
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