5 reasons why you should have ginger every day

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Ginger has a long history of use in traditional medicine. It has been recommended for a variety of health problems for thousands of years.

Ginger lowers cholesterol

Low cholesterol can reduce the risk of hypertension, stroke and heart disease.

Ginger has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties

Gingerols, the bioactive substance in ginger can lower the risk of infections.

Ginger helps with stomach problems

From flatulence to indigestion and gastroenteritis –ginger will bring relief.

Ginger helps with migraines

Eating ginger can help counteract the substances that cause inflammation in the blood vessels of the brain.

Ginger helps with weight loss

Because ginger improves digestion and speeds up metabolism it contributes to weight loss. Drinking or eating ginger in the morning can reduce hunger pangs.

Easy delicious ways of ingesting fresh ginger

Ginger dressing for salads, fish or meat

INGREDIENTS

½ cup lime juice

2 Tbsp freshly grated ginger

3 garlic cloves, crushed

½ red chilli, finely chopped

2 Tbsp honey

2 Tbsp water

½ cup fresh coriander, chopped (optional)

½ cup olive oil (optional)

½ cup soy sauce (optional)

METHOD

In a glass jar, combine the ginger, garlic, chilli, olive oil, lime juice, soy sauce, honey, and water. Cover the jar with a tight-fitting lid, and shake well. Remove lid, and heat jar in the microwave for 1 minute just to dissolve the honey. Let cool, and shake well before serving. Store covered in the refrigerator.

Ginger tea

INGREDIENTS

1 Tbsp fresh grated ginger

2 cups water

1 Tbsp honey

½ lemon, juiced

OPTIONAL

1 cinnamon stick, chamomile flowers, fresh mint leaves, a pinch of cayenne pepper

METHOD

Infuse the ginger; if you add cinnamon, mint, chamomile or cayenne, add it here.

In a  saucepan, bring the water to a boil, add ginger and turn off heat. Put the lid on it and let it steep for 10 minutes.

If you are using a teapot, add ginger in the teapot and pour boiling water in it. Let it steep for about 10 minutes.

If you are using a saucepan, strain the water to remove the ginger.

Add fresh lemon juice and honey if you like. Stir and enjoy!

If you want a cold tea, let your tea cool down, store it in the fridge and add ice cubes before serving.

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