Flavored waters have become all the rage- and for good and excellent reason. Apart from been vital for proper hydration and expelling toxins from the body system, mixing water with a few natural and organic ingredients makes it a powerful medicinal tool.
The options are unlimited: you can add fruits like blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, organic herbs like mint and lavender, and even vegetables like cucumber.
However, if you are after a actual power drink, consider adding some ginger. This spice taste adds precise taste and provides several health benefits.
THE POWER OF GINGER WATER
Ginger is famous for its powerful effects on gastrointestinal problems. Apart from been famous it is also a carminative, which help get rid of intestinal gas and treat nausea, vomiting, and heartburn. What`s more interesting, is that it is also found to be intestinal spasmolytic, which means that it helps ease and calm the intestinal tract.
However, ginger is not a medication for stomach problems only! It has been discovered to relieve migraines. According to a study, ginger works in a similar way as sumatriptan, a popular prescription medicine which narrow blood vessels and stalls the pain pathways in the brain.
Although, drugs are known to often give immediate relief, in 40% of individuals the headache will return shortly within 24 hours. Additionally, triptans cause serious issues like seizures, , artery spasms, heart attacks, and even stroke, it also cause side effects like muscle weakness, dizziness, nausea, and drowsiness.
In a double blind study, a cohort of individuals received 250 grams of dried ginger, while another group of people received 50mg of sumatriptan. It has been discovered that ginger was as effective as the drug, given that it provided relief to amazingly 90% of people within a time span of two hours.
GINGER AS AN ANTI-INFLAMMATORY SPICE
One of ginger best properties is its ability to treat inflammation in joints, tissues, muscles, and prevent the development of inflammatory compounds. According to reports by Green Med Info, there are over 800 researches on the therapeutic properties of ginger, out of the eight hundred, 275 are related to its anti-inflammatory properties.
Gingerol, is the one that is accountable for ginger`s anti-inflammatory properties, it is a chemical similar to piperine and capsaicin (the compounds that provide black pepper and chili peppers their spiciness).
According to two distinct studies involving two cohort of individuals, 75 percent of patients with arthritis and 100 percent of people with muscular pain experienced relief from pain when using ginger.
At the University of Miami, researchers believe that ginger will sooner or later replace NSAIDs owing to its potency and usefulness. In addition, ginger doesn’t lead to any side effects which are usual and normal for NSAIDs as because it works on cellular level.
Ginger contains beta-carotene and important vitamins, such as, A, E and, C, plus pantothenic acid (vitamin B-5) and B vitamins such as pyridoxine (vitamin B-6). It is an outstanding source of zinc, manganese, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, and calcium. Ultimately, it contains over fifty different antioxidants which combat free radicals, which sequentially boosts immunity and prevents various diseases.
MAKING GINGER WATER
3 cups fresh of filtered clean water
1-2 inches long and fresh ginger root
Half freshly squeezed juice of lemon
Raw or unrefined honey to taste
Instructions to follow:
Pour the filtered water into a glass jar (e.g. mason jar)
Grate the ginger with a zester and pour it into the water
Add all of the squeezed lemon juice
lastly, add the raw honey and mix well
How to Use:
For preventative measures, drink the ginger water daily.
Drink a few glasses during the day to relieve symptoms .