The only way you’ve probably thought about adding ginger to your diet is by drinking that sugary ginger ale soda.
However, including fresh ginger or ginger tea to your diet has many health and weight loss benefits. Ginger is used for more than just making ginger ale.
What Makes Ginger so Special?
Ginger contains a group of different types of resins called gingerols that have strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Gingerols can help your body recover faster and help you feel better, which can surely leave you in a better position for weight loss.
Here’s how to use ginger and ginger tea for weight loss.
1. Ginger Helps with Digestion
The use of ginger root for healing has been used since ancient times (1). For instance, Ayurveda medicine often used this root to treat digestive
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It stimulates your intestinal tract and helps you better absorb the nutrients in your foods. It keeps your gut in check, which is crucial for weight loss and often overlooked by many.
This is important because most people are not even eating foods that have a lot of vitamins and minerals in the first place.
Now imagine on top of that not being able to absorb the nutrients from the few healthy foods we’re eating.
2. Stronger Immune System
When losing weight you tend to eat less than normal, and if you’re not eating the right foods, chances are you’re not getting enough nutrients.
At this point, you’re also putting a lot of stress in your body, which lowers your immune system and increases the chances of getting sick.
Ginger root can give your immune system a boost by stimulating your lymphatic system, leaving your body ready to tackle any illness that comes your way.
Studies (2) have shown that ginger may even be more effective to fight diseases like staph and strep than many commonly used antibiotics. Crazy, right?
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3. Helps You Feel Fuller (Increases Satiety)
Studies (3) show that drinking ginger tea while eating can help you feel fuller without putting on extra calories.
What’s even more interesting, is that ginger may increase the calories burned while eating.
By consuming ginger root you can keep hunger at bay, which will prevent you from having high-calorie snacks between your main meals.
So consider drinking some ginger tea whenever you feel like snacking, or at least opt for a low-calorie snack.
How to Eat Ginger Root
The most common way to get gingerols into your diet is to take some fresh ginger and simmer a few pieces of the root in water.
But if drinking ginger tea doesn’t sound appealing to you, don’t worry. You can try some of the following:
- Add fresh ginger to your favorite juice or smoothie
- Use fresh or dried ginger to add some spice to any recipe
- Add fresh or dried ginger to your salad dressing
If you just don’t feel like drinking or cooking with ginger, you can get them via supplement form.
Supplements are typically even more concentrated than fresh ginger so you may get even more of the benefits.
Just make sure you get ones from a brand that is well-known for making high-quality products. My recommendation is Herbal Secrets Ginger Root, but feel free to try others.
And here’s my recommendations if you feel like drinking it instead.
This one has a hint of lemon to balance a bit of the spicy ginger taste.
It’s important to remember that while you can use ginger and ginger tea for weight loss, they’re not a magic formula.
Having a well-balanced diet and exercise program are the key components for weight loss.
I hope you loved this article about using ginger and ginger tea for weight loss!
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