The Lord of the Zing - benefits of one spicy root

It's our spicy shot that's so hot it comes with a warning.

Ginger shots - they’re our favourite way to start the day. Whether we knock it back in one or add it it to hot water, our body feels more alive and ready to take on the day. We put our bodies through so much, it’s important to give back. While it may feel like a punch to the system, you’re actually giving yourself a little TLC with a ginger shot.

Ginger root isn’t just used to spice up food. Yes, it has a delicious zingy flavour and can enhance any dish, but that’s not the only reason ginger is beloved by foodies and health nuts alike. Ginger actually boasts many incredible and potent medicinal properties. Chinese and Indian culture have been using ginger to treat the body for over 4,700 years. If you haven’t hopped on the ginger train yet, you will now. It’s an incredible addition to any healthy diet.

The magic of the ginger root lies in its gingerol content. Gingerol is the oily resin from the root. Of the 115 different chemical compounds found in ginger, gingerol is the most therapeutic. Ginger’s reputation as a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory is all thanks to gingerols. There are so many more benefits to ginger than just it's ability to make a banging hot toddy.

1. Aids Digestion and Soothes Upset Stomachs

Ginger is an incredible natural remedy for nausea and upset stomachs. Pregnant and suffering from regular bouts of morning sickness? Try some ginger tea or take a ginger shot. Hungover and feeling sick to your stomach? Down that ginger shot stat. Ginger root not only soothes the stomach, it also aids digestion. It eases bloating and constipation, as ginger relaxes the smooth muscle in your gut to help move food along through the digestive tract. It also improves nutrient absorption. Since it promotes regular and healthy digestion, ginger is a great tool to prevent and protect against malabsorption.

2. Boosts Your Immune System

In today’s modern world, people are busier than ever. You work hard and play hard, but that can really take a toll on your bodies and immune systems. And what better way to combat this than adding a strong ginger shots to your daily diet? As an antioxidant, ginger root helps fight free radicals and toxins in your body, as well as cleans out your lymphatic system. Your lymphatic system is essentially your body’s sewage system, so by keeping it clean and functioning, you’ll prevent further toxic buildup in your body. If you are already sick and hurting, take an extra ginger shot or sip on some ginger tea to help you heal and feel better faster. Since ginger is also an anti inflammatory agent, it soothes internal inflammation so that your immune system doesn’t have to work so hard and wear itself out.

3. Ginger Fights Infection

Ginger root is naturally antimicrobial, meaning that it kills bacteria. By taking a ginger shot, you are helping to remove harmful bacteria from your system. In 2011 study published by The Journal of Microbiology and Antimicrobials, it was found that ginger’s ability to kill two common and dangerous bacterias -- staphylococcus aureus and streptococcus pyogenes -- far surpassed the conventional antibiotics’ abilities. If you are coming into contact with unknown bacterias regularly, like if you ride public transportation or work in the medical field, adding ginger to your diet can help protect you. Ginger is also a great natural antifungal agent, so it can help kill any nasty fungus that might be lurking in your body.

4. Ginger Revs Up Your Metabolism

A ginger shot first thing in the morning can be a great way to start your day and wake up your metabolism. Whether you’re trying to lose weight or build muscle, adding ginger to your diet is a great way to boost your metabolism. Ginger root causes your stomach to produce more acid, which stimulates your metabolism and essentially turns it up a few notches. This extra acid helps the body to burn more calories and fat. If you want to burn more calories during your next workout session, throw back a ginger shot before heading to the gym.

5. Ginger Regulates Blood Sugar

When you feel anxiety strike, it can often be due to your blood sugar levels. Spikes and dips in blood sugar can cause anxiety, unhealthy cravings, energy crashes, and dizzy spells. Diabetics are especially vulnerable to these symptoms, as their bodies are unable to regulate their blood sugar. If you are diabetic, you must monitor your blood sugar throughout the day to prevent spikes and dips from throwing your body out of whack. Everybody can experience unhealthy spikes and dips in blood sugar levels though, not just diabetics. It’s important to keep your body’s levels even and regular. Ginger actually helps to regulate your blood sugar and fights these symptoms. So next time you are feeling like reaching for that candy bar to get you out of your midday slump, grab a ginger shot instead. It’s so much healthier and satisfying.

6. Relieves Joint and Muscle Pain

Similar to our turmeric shot but perhaps not as potent, ginger is also an anti-inflammatory. Ginger can help treat both muscle pain and arthritis-related joint pain. One study showed that daily consumption of ginger resulted in moderate-to-large reductions in muscle pain caused by exercise-induced muscle injury. Another study found that ginger extract helped decrease knee pain and the need for pain medication in individuals with osteoarthritis. 

7. Improves Brain Function

Neurodegenerative conditions like Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s have been linked to oxidative stress and chronic inflammation in the brain. With its wealth of antioxidants and potent anti-inflammatory properties, ginger is believed to play an important role in the health of your brain. Several animal studies have found that ginger extract could protect against brain aging and cognitive decline. Not only that, but a 2012 study also found that ginger extract helped improve cognitive function and attention in middle-aged women

As you can see the benefits of Ginger are as powerful as the taste of ginger itself. See for yourself and give them a shot ;)

 

Belle Hartles