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A Three Leaves Foods favorite, Asian grass-fed beef meatballs over seasonal stir fried veggies is always loaded with fresh organic ginger. Ginger's not only a staple flavor profile in Asian cuisine but the therapeutic properties of ginger are numerous.  A few well documented uses for ginger are….

 

Motion sickness
Ginger is an excellent natural remedy for travel sickness, morning sickness or nausea; and with good reason. It has a long history in this area, having consistently proven its effectiveness at reducing dizziness and nausea. The active ingredients in ginger are potent, so you don’t need very much of it either. It has a reputation for being safe for pregnant women too, making it a great remedy for morning sickness.

 

Digestion
Ginger acts as a carminative (prevents flatulence) and an intestinal spasmolytic (which means that it soothes the intestinal tract). This makes it excellent at soothing digestive disorders and calming down gas attacks.

 

Anti-inflammatory
Various studies on people with inflammatory disorders and diseases such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis have shown that ginger has a powerful anti-inflammatory action. Gingerols are the primary active anti-inflammatory agent within ginger and are said to have very potent effects when ginger is consumed regularly.

 

Expectorant 
Regular consumption of ginger encourages the release of mucus.

Promotes healthy circulation
Ginger stimulates the tissues with the body, while lowering the blood pressure. This all encourages healthy circulation. Furthermore, ginger prevents platelets from clumping together in the bloodstream, which thins the blood, reducing risk of atherosclerosis and blood clots.

 

Warming 
Gingers circulatory, perspiration-inducing and stimulation properties mean that it can also warm you up when you are cold. So, when your body wants to start shutting down during the winter chill, bring more ginger into your daily cuisine and enjoy the naturally warming effect.

 

Detoxifer
Ginger is known to promote healthy sweating, which encourages the release of toxins. Add in it’s exceptional antioxidant qualities and other benefits, then you have a top detoxification food.

An easy way to consume ginger daily is by drinking ginger tea. Making fresh tea is easy and has much greater healing qualities that the dried store bought type.

 

How to make fresh ginger tea:

 

Finely grate or chop a heaped teaspoon of fresh ginger.
Gently boil 5-10 min in a pan with 2 to 3 cups of water.
Add a dash of maple syrup and a squeeze of lemon and enjoy through out the day.

 

 

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