Mornings are like Brussels sprouts: some people love them, others despise them, and the rest know that they should like them but they do nothing about it. Each morning is an opportunity to invest in your health, which is why breakfast is hailed as the most important meal of the day. Rather than loading up a plate full of dairy, bread, eggs, and meat, you can creatively spice up the morning meal with ginger.
Used for centuries to help remedy a variety of ailments, ginger has become one of the most popular spices in the world. Ginger is a versatile spice with anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties. The enzymes in ginger work to eliminate toxins from the body, and regularly consuming it may reduce muscle stiffness. We have more tips and benefits of how and why you should add ginger to your morning routine below.
Vitamin C Boost:
Forget that cup of processed OJ from concentrate and load up on vitamin C by brewing a cup of ginger tea in the morning. The temperature of the tea and ginger itself work to warm the body (great during winter), relax the stomach, and get rid of tiredness. Not to mention, getting a healthy dose of vitamin C in the morning is a great way to boost the immune system.
Ginger can help relieve nausea or upset stomachs, but it can also be a great digestive helper. If you need a little digestive boost to start your day, ginger has been proven to improve saliva flow and move food through the digestive tract. Get creative and add ginger to your cup of coffee. We know that sounds odd, but both have amazing antioxidants!
A Possible Cancer Fighter:
6-gingerol is an active compound in ginger root, and it has been known to combat a variety of cancers, including pancreatic, breast, and ovarian cancers. Ginger’s cancer-fighting properties work especially well when combined with the capsaicin in any peppers. Is a vegetable juice containing ginger and bell peppers in your future? Perhaps you can brew some ginger tea with a dash of cayenne!
Beneficial For Muscle Soreness:
Sore from that hard workout you did yesterday? A recent study demonstrated that consuming 2 grams of ginger every day significantly reduced muscle pain. The key is to consume it regularly because it doesn’t have an instantaneous effect. These pain-reducing properties are attributed to the anti-inflammatory properties in ginger. Those who have osteoarthritis are also encouraged to consume ginger to alleviate muscle and joint pain.
If you are going to add ginger to your morning routine, let us know how you plan on doing so. If you need some ginger recipes to inspire you, ask us in the comments below and we’ll offer some of our favorites!