Ginger is widely used food as medicine due to its ability to “cleanse the body by stimulating digestion, circulation, and sweating. Its digestive actions may serve to cleanse the build-up of waste and toxins in the colon, liver, and other organs.”
Ginger root is an amazing food that should be part of our diet daily. Ginger root has been used for thousands of years as a medicine for treating a variety of medical problems.
Health benefits of Ginger:
- Improve digestion
- Boost immune system
- Reduce inflammation
- Fight pathogens (anti-parasitic, anti-fungal, antiviral and antibacterial)
- Reduce asthma attacks
- Great for cardiovascular health
- Stop nausea
- Relieve cold and flu symptoms
In addition, ginger root plays a valuable role in keeping the liver functioning optimally. Unfortunately, the liver is an extremely underrated organ. You must understand that we cannot live without our liver.
Just to reiterate, the liver performs hundreds of vital functions including:
- detoxify (cleanse) the blood
- produce hormones and other substances needed by the body
- digest and metabolize fats, carbohydrates, and proteins
- store and release energy
Liver disease progressively damages liver cells, which halts all of the essential functions. Even if you do not have liver disease, exposure to harmful toxins, or excessive fat accumulation can injure liver cells. A healthy liver can typically regenerate new cells to replace damaged ones. However, damage from a continual toxin or fat exposure can outpace the liver’s ability to regenerate, hence liver scarring (fibrosis) can occur.
How Does Ginger Support Liver Health?
A daily cup of ginger root tea offers liver health benefits. Ginger’s spicy taste is indicative of its thermogenic properties, which improves blood circulation and the delivery of oxygen, minerals, and vitamins to all cells in the body. In addition, ginger root naturally has a high antioxidant content, which reduces cellular damage.
- Liver Fibrosis – According to a study published in the June 2011 issue of the journal Nutrition and Metabolism, ginger may protect against liver fibrosis. Researchers tested several extracts of ginger and found that all extracts increased levels of antioxidant enzymes used by the liver, including glutathione and superoxide dismutase. Thus, ginger has the capability to protect liver cells against damage by free radicals.
- Fatty Liver – According to a study published in the January 2011 edition of the World Journal of Gastroenterology, ginger may protect against non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). A condition that affects an estimated 33% of American adults, NAFLD is associated with obesity and insulin resistance. Scientists believe that ginger may help prevent or treat this liver condition by reducing oxidative stress on the liver, decreasing insulin resistance, and inhibiting inflammation, all contributing factors to NAFLD.
How do you consume ginger?
My husband is the main cook in the house, which he uses the ginger herb constantly to prepare delicious fish or soups.
Add ginger to wild-caught fish. We really like spicy ginger with tender, flaky fish. He adds ginger and cilantro to baked freshly caught tilapia. This meal is full of flavor, and it only takes a few minutes to bake.
In addition, I love freshly made ginger tea. Brewing ginger root tea can be done in 3 simple steps:
- Peel and slice three to six slices of fresh ginger.
- Simmer ginger slices in two cups of water for approximately five to ten minutes.
- Strain and add a pinch of honey to taste (if desired)
There you have it! Another simple and natural way to help cleanse and heal your body by slightly altering what you eat.