Spice it up! – Ginger

The ginger root sure looks like an odd sort of thing, but do not let its looks deceive you. Ginger can be very spicy or hot if used in large amounts but has a nice sweet tangy taste. It is famously used for its ability to alleviate and care for gastrointestinal troubles but find out what else this super spice is good for!

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How to use ginger:
Ginger is widely found in a ground form and can be added into virtually anything. There are many different ways to use ground ginger, find some here. For using and storing fresh ginger root, make sure to always peel off the skin but I would recommend following the instructions found here.

Health benefits of ginger:
– Ginger has been proven in many clinical instances to relieve gastrointestinal-related issues such as, motion-sickness, nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, flatulence, inflammation of colon, intestinal ulcers and much more. This is due to the chemicals found in ginger and why it is commonly used/integrated into medicines to help alleviate these types of symptoms and protect your gut health overall.
– Its anti-inflammatory properties can help with stiff, painful, achy joints and muscles (with conditions like arthritis and gout)
– Can aid in getting rid of colds, nose and throat congestion
– Was found in a study to reduce and kill ovarian cancer cells
– May reduce hypertension and high blood pressure
– Can help smooth and relax muscles that are associated with asthma
– Aids in reducing symptoms associated with heavy menstrual pain and cramping
– Effective in treating migraine and headache symptoms

I love adding ground ginger when making baked goods or oatmeal and I sometimes mince ginger and mix it into a stir-fry. Drinking tea that has ginger in it (such as chai) is also great but who doesn’t love ginger ale? Don’t forget to buy organic and support local farmers 🙂 Try these recipes below for fun or to help incorporate ginger into your diet!
Vegan Gingersnap Cookies Recipe: http://trans-planted.com/vegan-gingersnap-cookies/
Vegan Asian Slaw Salad with Miso Ginger Dressing Recipe: http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/recipe-asian-slaw-salad-with-miso-ginger-dressing/
Vegan Ginger Peach Green Smoothie Recipe: http://gi365.info/food/ginger-peach-green-smoothie/
Vegan Applesauce Ginger Cake with Maple Glaze Recipe: http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/2012/12/applesauce-ginger-cake-with-maple-glaze.html
Vegan Stir Fried Green Beans with Ginger and Onions Recipe: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/stir_fried_green_beans_with_ginger_and_onions/

Want to find out more about ginger? Be sure to check out these spicy sources below:
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=72
http://foodmatters.tv/articles-1/10-healing-benefits-of-ginger
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/265990.php
http://www.greenmedinfo.com/node/83545
http://www.joyoushealth.ca/2011/05/12/gingers-amazing-health-benefits-recipes/
http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-961-GINGER.aspx?activeIngredientId=961&activeIngredientName=GINGER
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/41747.php
http://www.crunchybetty.com/the-epic-guide-to-making-your-own-chai-tea

Photo credit: heymrleej via photopin cc

*This blog is not intended to give professional medical advice and you should always check with your healthcare practitioners before trying anything new or regularly.

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