How to use ginger? With this ingredient you can prepare drinks and herbal teas full of benefits!
Rich in beneficial properties, a ginger drink (cold or hot) is certainly what it takes to give our body a boost of life , but also tasty and thirst-quenching!
Ginger is very tasty , but that’s not the only reason we hear a lot about it lately. This plant, in fact, is rich in vitamins and other important nutrients. In addition to sweet and savory recipes, this root is also used to prepare both hot drinks, such as herbal teas and decoctions, and cold, such as detox waters . Let’s see what all its benefits are and how to use it.
Ginger: properties and benefits
Ginger has a high content of proteins , carbohydrates, amino acids, water, mineral salts (magnesium, potassium, manganese, sodium, phosphorus, calcium, iron and zinc) and vitamins (group B and E).
It is excellent for preventing and treating the flu , for soothing coughs and colds, especially when combined with honey. Ginger also has digestive properties , it helps fight nausea, constipation and bloating. It is a natural antibiotic and antibacterial, has antioxidant and anticancer properties.
Ginger drink: the recipes
The Ginger infusions can be prepared in many different ways, both with cold and hot water .
A very simple recipe is that of ginger and lemon detox water . All you need is a lemon, water and it ginger. Infuse half a lemon cut into slices and half a rhizome of fresh ginger in a 1-liter jug of cold water overnight. Consume the resulting drink within a couple of days. You will notice a diuretic and purifying effect.
To combat coughs, colds and indigestion, decoctions are recommended instead of ginger. The decoction is prepared by boiling half a ginger root in a cup of water for about 10 minutes with the lid on. To enhance the antibiotic and antibacterial action, you can add a clove of garlic or a teaspoon of honey. Before consuming the decoction, it must be filtered.
Ginger tea: the recipe
A very famous remedy both to combat coughs and to purify the liver of toxins is the ginger and lemon tea. Preparing it is very simple: boil 300 ml of water, add 2-3 slices of peeled fresh ginger and boil for another ten minutes. Add a lemon wedge, a teaspoon of honey and consume the herbal tea when it is still hot.
If you want, you can also add a piece of fresh turmeric to the basic recipe of ginger tea, or a spoonful of chamomile flower heads, a teaspoon of green tea or other spices such as cinnamon and cloves. In short, don’t be afraid to experiment!
Ginger drink for weight loss
Do you want a ginger slimming drink? If you didn’t know, this root has fat burning properties, able to activate the metabolism, to appease the sense of hunger and also to aid digestion.
This is possible thanks above all to gingerol, an active ingredient in ginger that is also responsible for that slightly spicy taste that is felt on the tongue! This substance is able to increase the temperature of our body, acts on the metabolism and makes us lose weight!
In addition to those mentioned above, you can prepare a drink with cinnamon and ginger, or try with lemon ginger and mint. And for a 100% slimming effect, don’t use sugar!