Let’s Talk Ginger
We all talk about ginger yet; we should instead call it ginger root. That the part of the plant we are interested in. We usually never mention the fact that it is a flowering plant and an attractive one at that!
The Most Beautiful Plants
They are red, pink fluted petals, blue, rust, yellow, orange, white, with shapes so many and various but each one equally as beautiful as the next, if not more so.
They come from Australia, from the Philippines, Costa Rica, and Hawaii, just to mention a few places where they grow. The flowers are as attractive as are their various and many medicinal applications.
Some are medicinal uses, and some are cultivated for their beauty. Most of them can have their roots used for various purposes. When you start looking at ginger plants, it’s like entering another world!
There are plants for the garden, plants for the house, and medicinal plants from which we access the ginger root qualities.
Ginger – the Wonder Plant
Ginger is mainly used in cooking and baking, I’ve been told, but is it? It actually has many other properties and uses – here are just a few: some ginger tea will stop seasickness, pregnancy nausea, decreases inflammation, increases digestion, suppresses appetite, and thus assists with weight loss; it also fights the flu and the common cold.
The anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties are a great help with cardiovascular disease.
Gingerol is a chemical compound that is found in fresh ginger and activates spice receptors on the tongue.
Some Medicinal Uses
Gingerols, therefore, boost biological activities in your body and, as they have an anti-obesity effect, help food to digest a lot faster and stimulate the body to speed digested food through the colon. It is said that gingerols stabilize your blood sugar levels, and so are a key to losing weight.
You Can Eat Ginger Raw
Ginger can be eaten raw, either to enhance the flavor in cooking or for medicinal purposes such as anti-oxidant, anti-tumor, and anti-inflammatory properties; and to treat and prevent chronic diseases example, diabetes.
Apple Cider Vinegar and Ginger for Weight Loss
Apple Cider has weight loss properties. Mix it with Ginger root, and you’ll be drinking probiotics, which improves gut activity while it helps you lose weight.
Blend them together like this: Pour boiling water on a teabag in a teacup or mug.
Wait for it to cool down for a little while, and then add some apple cider vinegar. If you put in the vinegar immediately, the boiling water will kill the vinegar’s probiotic qualities. Then add a few teaspoons of honey.
You can drink one cup of that per day in the morning before eating, and it will help you boost your metabolism and lose weight quickly.
Lemon and Ginger for Weight Loss
When you put lemon and ginger together for weight loss – you’re getting a bonus – you’re going into overdrive – because lemon and ginger fight extra weight.
How To Use Ginger And Lemon For Weight Loss
Try adding a squeeze of lemon into your ginger tea. It might help you want to drink more liquids.
That’s a good thing because it will keep you hydrated. You might even find yourself feeling fuller for longer. If that happens, it will improve your weight loss.
So, try drinking a healthy, nutritional lemon and ginger tea at least two to three times per day as both an appetite suppressant and, also, to increase hydration.
Other Benefits of Ginger
- Cortisol is known as the stress hormone. Ginger regulates and reduces its level.
- As mentioned before, ginger brings about more regular bowel movements.
- It increases your energy.
- It decreases the risk of heart disease and helps to control it.
- It improves your memory and brain function.
- It improves your immune system function.
- One small study showed that overweight men who consumed ginger stayed fuller longer!
Side Effects from Using Ginger
- Ginger is regarded by all as being safe to use for weight loss purposes. However, like all good things, there are usually a few negatives. I.e., You might experience constipation and, of course, flatulence (gas).
- Ginger usually increases the bile flow from the gallbladder; principal doctors advise to be cautious about recommending it to people who have gall bladder disease.
- Top health professionals recommend that you drink or/and eat ginger whilst experiencing a high level of nausea during pregnancy, However, it would be very wise to talk to your doctor if you’re pregnant or recently nursing; or, if you are currently taking anticoagulants (blood-thinning medication).
How to Peel Ginger
It is said that you should first peel the ginger before using it. You could use your trusty potato peeler, but ginger stems are soft, and you can quickly just ease off the peel with either end of the teaspoon used backward.
There are so many ways to lose weight quickly that we have to ask ourselves – are there any methods of fast weight loss regimens that ensure the weight stays off?
To lose weight and keep it off means you need to change the way you eat to learn new habits that will stay with you – maybe the rest of your life!
Clearly, the old habits you’d fallen into were not good habits and didn’t help you lose weight.
I heard that all things good should be simple, so this should surely be a simple process.
Cut Back on Carbs
Remember that Ginger Tea curbs your appetite and causes you to cut back. If you remove sugars, starches ad carbs from your diets, you will reduce your appetite, and your insulin levels will be lowered.
Eat Protein Fat and Veg
Meat like beef, chicken, pork, and lamb
Fish & Seafood, like salmon, trout, and shrimp
Eggs, like whole eggs with the yolk either boiled, poached, fried, any way you like.
Plant-Based Proteins, like beans, legumes, and soy
Don’t forget to drink your ginger tea.
Low carb vegetables
You can eat large amounts of these:
- Swiss chard
- Brussel sprouts
Drinking ginger tea is essential.
- Olive oil
- Avocado oil
- Coconut oil
Drink your ginger tea without fail
- Lift weights
Do one of these exercises three times per week.
You should have two cups of ginger tea on these days; the first one in the morning before you eat anything, and the second one after your exercise to relax.
Substitute for Ginger Tea
If you go to make your ginger tea one day and find you forgot to buy the fresh ginger; here’s an acceptable substitute until you have the correct ingredients to hand:
Doing the Same Job
Substitute the fresh ginger with a tablespoon containing cardamom, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, or mace. You’ll find the flavor won’t be exactly the same as when you use fresh ginger, but the effect will be and that’s the most crucial factor – that they do the same job.
Turmeric Is No Substitute
Turmeric cannot be used as a substitute for fresh ginger; however, those mentioned above can.
This Wonderful Planet of Ours
This great planet on which we live looks after us in so many ways and nearly always gives us the ‘tools’ we need to do whatever ‘job’ we have set for ourselves. It grows the lemons and ginger that we need to help us in domestic and medicinal ways. We just have to look and notice that they are there for our benefit.
There are those who cannot fight temptation without help; and, others of us cannot heal ourselves without being shown. However, we all like to over-indulge in those things that are not only bad for us, they are quite often dangerous enough to affect our health.
Ginger Tea either with Apple Cider Vinegar or with lemon
We should drink the first one once a day at least, and the second one 3 to 4 times a day minimum. With this simple act, we are using what nature has provided for us to heal ourselves in some small way, which will assist us with more chronic illnesses. How great is that! Health on the doorstep, almost.