Ginger tea, health benefits
Ginger is a plant that came to us from India and Asia several hundred years ago. The medicinal properties of its roots (this is the part that contains the maximum amount of essential oils used for food) make the ginger not only the original spice or flavoring agent to the dish or the drink,
but also a real partner in the fight against many ailments. In cooking, the plant has a wide application range: it is added to various sauces and seasonings to get a sharp, rich taste. It is curious that ginger has the same pronounced antibacterial and antimicrobial action, like garlic, but lacks a sharp and peculiar smell, which is so difficult to kill. It is a storehouse of iron, zinc, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium and sodium, and vitamins A, b and C.
Long ago in Tibet used the infusion of fresh ginger root in order to eliminate stagnation in the body, to improve the functioning of the gastro-intestinal tract, promote the elimination of toxins. Today ginger tea is widely used as a part of weight loss programs . Like a chili pepper, ginger contains pungent extract with fat burning effect. This establishes infusion metabolism and peristalsis.
It is also known beneficial effect of ginger on the skin . active substances and essential oils, included in it, to help her to stay young and fresh. The proven efficiency of plants in the prevention of cancer and colds, the infusion is recommended with the aim of reducing the level of sugar and cholesterol in the blood. Ginger has beneficial effects on the heart . and its immunomodulating properties is difficult to overestimate. Ginger tea is particularly effective in the early stages of flu and colds, migraine, nausea, motion sickness. Ready to drink excellent tones, invigorates and therefore perfectly suitable for morning tea.
How to prepare and how to drink healthy and invigorating tea?
First of all, you need to choose fresh ginger root. To do this, make sure that the plant was smooth, hard, uniform structure. Lethargy, peeking at the cut fibers, wrinkles – all of these are signs that you are in the old plant. After ginger is purchased, it should be cleaned. Note: most nutrients are concentrated just under the skin of the plant. Therefore, if possible, don’t cut it, and just scrape off a thin top layer with a knife (as is done when cleaning new potatoes). Then slice the ginger into thin strips or cubes. You are now ready to prepare an infusion.
There are many recipes for ginger tea. You can just pour the ginger with boiling water and let stand – you will receive ready-to-drink beverage. In order to soften the spicy taste, you can add some lemon slices (or lemon juice) and honey. Important: the honey in the infusion should be added, when it has cooled to 70 degrees, otherwise no benefit it will bring. Tasty and tart drink can be prepared also by adding to the finished black tea a few slices of ginger. Taste composition can also add cinnamon, a few peppercorns, turmeric. All these spices will only strengthen the healing effect of drinking.
Be careful along with unique properties, ginger also has a number of contraindications. So, it is not recommended to drink it to women during pregnancy and breastfeeding, and children up to 5-6 years. To refrain from ginger tea to be, if you suffer from allergic reactions to its components, if you have an open ulcer, colitis and other diseases of the gastrointestinal tract in the acute form. In addition, due to the fact that ginger causes increased blood circulation in the body, it is not recommended to use with bleeding and increased pressure.