What Drinking Ginger Tea Can Do For You
We may live in a time where the cost of prescriptions can jump sky high in a day, but we also live in a time where the many of the foods, herbs, and spices can often be an effective stand-in. You should never give up your prescription before speaking with your doctor, but when you find out all of the things that drinking ginger tea can do for you, it wouldn’t hurt to add it to your regular diet — just as a preventive measure.
1. Dissolves kidney stones
Kidney stones are a very painful condition, but there is something you can do to prevent them. Drinking ginger tea keeps your body hydrated, and when you drink enough fluids your body will not have the chance to form kidney stones as it continually flushing toxins out.
2. Kills specific types of cancer cells
Drinking ginger may have an effect on several different types of cancer. Currently, studies have shown that ginger is effective in preventing the following types of cancer: breast, pancreatic, and ovarian.
3. Helps liver function
Ginger has been found to be successful in protecting the liver, improving current liver damage, and helping to restore the composition of the blood back to normal when combined with chicory. It was also able to protect the liver from fibrosis.
Its effectiveness as an anti-inflammatory is two-fold: You can either take it internally as a cup of ginger tea, or use it topically by soaking your aching joints.
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Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis and is a painful condition. The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger tea have proven to reduce the pain caused by this illness. Participants of a clinical trial were able to reduce the amount of medication they were taking for pain.
6. Type 2 diabetes
A study of 41 people who suffered from Type 2 diabetes showed that two grams of powdered ginger taken every day reduced their fasting blood glucose levels by 12 percent. Their long-term glucose levels were lowered by 10 percent after a 12-week period.
7. Heart problems
Ginger also helped reduce two key factors that were responsible for causing heart disease: the ApoB/ApoA-I ratio was reduced by 28 percent and the oxidized lipoproteins were lowered by 23 percent.
Dyspepsia, or chronic indigestion, is the result of the stomach taking too long to empty. Ginger was able to decrease the amount of time it took the stomach to empty from 16 minutes down to 12 minutes.
9. Painful menstrual cycles
Another condition that is helped by the anti-inflammatory properties of ginger is menstrual pain. In a study of 150 women, after taking 1 gram of ginger each day during the first three days of their period, their reduction in pain was just as effective as an over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug such as ibuprofen.
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10. Reduces cholesterol
Keeping your cholesterol levels within the proper ranges is important for preventing heart problems. The LDL, or bad cholesterol, plays a big part in the likelihood of having a heart attack. A study was conducted that consisted of 85 people over a period of 45 days. Each participant had high cholesterol and after taking three grams of ginger powder showed LDL levels were significantly lowered. Another study that used rats found that ginger extract worked as well as atorvastatin in reducing cholesterol levels.
11. Improves functions of the brain
The effect that ginger has had on brain functions has been impressive. Studies showed 60 women who were middle aged took ginger extract daily, and their memory and reaction time significantly improved. Ginger was also credited with protecting the brain against the decline that can come with age.
Among the infections that ginger has been effective in treating are diseases of the gums – periodontics and gingivitis – and a respiratory disease called RSV virus.
13. Irritable bowel syndrome
Anywhere from 25 to 45 million people suffer from irritable bowel syndrome. This disease causes bloating, cramps, constipation, diarrhea, and gas. Any form of ginger has been shown to provide relief in calming down the digestive system.
Drinking a cup of ginger tea at night before bed can help to clear out your system and help relieve unexpected bouts of gas.
Just about half of all Americans have experienced heartburn in their lives. While it is not a serious illness, the medication that is used to treat it is worse for you than experiencing the heartburn. Next time you eat something that you know gives you heartburn or acid reflux, sip a cup of ginger tea 20 minutes before your meal.
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16. Weight loss
Ginger can be found in many weight loss products. It revs up your metabolism and keeps you feeling full longer, which can help you lose weight.
17. Appetite suppressant
In addition to its other weight loss qualities, a cup of ginger tea can keep you hunger-free for up to six hours.
18. Relieves sinuses
Whether you suffer from asthma or have chronic sinus infections, ginger can lower the inflammation, clearing a path in your airways, and letting you breathe easier.
19. Immune system
You can easily build up your immune system so you are not susceptible to every cold or sickness that comes around. Sipping on ginger tea can help to flush out any toxins in your body, kill bacteria, and flush out your lymphatic system.
Ginger has proven to be effective in treating many different cases of nausea. Among the cases it has worked for are morning sickness in pregnant women, nausea that many people experience after surgery, and even sea sickness.
In order to make ginger tea, all you need is 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger, 1/4 teaspoon of ground turmeric, milk, and a cup of water. Boil the water and let the ginger and turmeric steep up to 10 minutes. Add milk and honey if you like, strain the tea and enjoy!