Looking for an alternative to your early morning drink? What you put inside your body at the start of your day is important to make sure that you have enough energy and strength to last you the whole day, after all.
Have you ever considered ginger water yet? Ginger water is a simple concoction made up of four main ingredients: ginger, water, lemon, and honey. You can easily prepare it by adding grated ginger to water mixed with lemon juice, then simply add honey to taste.
The finished drink is relaxing, soothing, and of course, delicious.
Ginger might not be the most commonly used ingredient here in the United States, but in Asia, this root stem (also known as a rhizome), is used every single day for cooking and healing.
Taking that cue, let’s take a look at the health benefits of not just ginger, but ginger water as a whole—as backed up by science!
One Dozen Reasons to Drink Ginger Water
It can serve as a powerful anti-inflammatory compound. Also found in turmeric and cardamom, gingerol which is found in ginger, can be used to help in dealing with inflammatory disorders such as esophagitis, gastritis, and hepatitis.
Not only that, it can be also be used to help with pain, especially those caused by excessive muscle use, rheumatism, and arthritis.Vimerson Health offers a supplement that combines the anti-inflammatory powers of ginger and turmeric to help relieve joint pains.
It can improve digestive health. To those who have treated a bout of nausea with ginger tea or ginger ale, well, you headed in the right direction. (Speaking of ginger tea, here’s a good choice: Pukka Three Ginger Tea is rich and stimulating, perfect to relieve nausea. Tummydrops, on the other hand, offers easy to chew gum drops that also offers to relieve morning and motion sickness. So yummy!)
According to a study published in the International Journal of Preventive Medicine, the ginger found on ginger water is very potent in helping improve digestive health. It can help alleviate digestive problems such as constipation, indigestion, and ulcer.
It is a powerful antioxidant. As our body ages, it finds it harder and harder to deal with oxidative stress, which is the production of free radicals during the process of metabolism.
Not only does ginger water help in the process of metabolism per se, as what we have mentioned in the previous health benefit, it can also help the body detox from these harmful free radicals—components that play a huge role in neurodegenerative diseases.
It is anticancer. Aside from neurodegenerative diseases, oxidation can also cause cancer. But don’t worry because the powerful ginger root has you covered.Aside from its antioxidant properties, it also has other compounds like gingerol (which we have already mentioned above), shogaol, and paradols—all components already proven to help treat different kinds of cancers.
It is good for your heart. Did you know that oxidation can also cause various heart diseases? Yep, free radicals should certainly be detoxed from our body.
But the help extended by ginger to our heart’s health doesn’t stop there. According to a recent study published in Peritoneal Dialysis International, ginger supplementation can also help in reducing serum triglyceride concentration—another major factor that can cause cardiovascular disease.
It helps you deal with bad cholesterol. Following the heart benefits that ginger water can give, it can also help assist your heart and ward of heart complication by checking your blood’s cholesterol content.
This was proven in a study published in the Saudi Medical Journal. The study also reveals ginger being an effective agent in lowering blood sugar levels (but we’ll talk more about in a bit).
By doing so, you’re lowering the risk of high blood pressure and acquiring a stroke as well.
It helps control blood sugar. Heart disease and stroke are not the only leading causes of death in the country. Another common (yet major) health problem that most of the population has to deal with is diabetes.
Aside from helping us digest and break down our food properly (which is also significantly helps diabetes patients), ginger can also help you control your blood sugar.
In a study published in the Iranian Journal of Pharmaceutical Research, their test subjects were found to have improve blood sugar fasting levels, and other compounds in the chemistry of their blood simply by receiving oral administration of ginger powder supplement—a benefit that you will also get to enjoy when you drink ginger water regularly!
It can help you shed those extra pounds. Another cause of diabetes is obesity. While getting help in metabolism can already help you lose that weight, ginger provides extra help in the further reduction of body weight as one research shows.
Drinking ginger water really is a good way to start your day. That’s because just by drinking a glassful, you’re sure that you are already losing weight…and you’re not even doing anything yet!
If tea is your more preferred choice, The Republic of Tea has delicious zero-calorie, zero-sugar pineapple ginger tea perfect for your weight loss needs.
It won’t leave you feeling hungry. We are not going to reiterate further the values of losing weight and how it helps heart health and ward off other medical conditions. We have mentioned those in the previous benefits anyway.
But here’s a common complaint we hear from people who create dietary changes in order to improve their physical well-being: “Help! We’re always hungry.”
Yep, going on a diet is no easy feat. However, did you know that ginger water can improve that feeling of fullness or satiety? And for a lot of us, that’s the only thing we need to help us get through our diets. To just feel full and stop our stomachs from growling three hours before our next scheduled meal—after only half-an-hour from our last one!Well, fear no more. Ginger water can help increase that feeling of satiety and even improve our appetite for healthier food choices—at least that’s what a recent study says.
It helps heal muscles. Changing your eating habits is not the only way to reduce weight. You need to combine it with exercise too.
Dietary changes and a good fitness routine is a tried-and-tested combo for losing weight that needs no further explanation.
We’ve already mentioned in the first benefit that ginger water has powerful anti-inflammatory compounds that help us deal with muscle pain. But that’s not the only muscular benefit that ginger water has to offer.
Did you know that ginger water can also help us in the fitness side by helping accelerate the muscle recuperation process? Now you know.
In fact, just to push the point further, one study has proven that just by taking 4 grams of ginger supplementation before working out already shows a drastic acceleration in muscle repair and decrease in muscle damage.Dr. Teals has a muscle rub that contains ginger. All you need to do is to mix it with a little bit of water, turn it into a paste and rub on sore muscles.
It helps clear out skin impurities and make your skin glow. As what we have mentioned in a previous benefit, ginger water has powerful antioxidant properties to clear the body from free radicals.
But did you know that its antioxidant properties can go beyond what’s happening inside your body? The cleansing process will reflect on your skin as well. These same antioxidants can cleanse your skin’s impurities, helping us deal with major skin concerns like acne.
And thanks to ginger’s healing properties, it can help repair other types of skin damage as well.
It improves hair texture. Aside from our skin, ginger water can also help improve the appearance of your hair, more specifically its texture and volume.
This is possible thanks to the vitamin C present in ginger—a vitamin vital in hair growth and overall hair health. In fact, according to one study, vitamin C insufficiency may lead to frizzy hair and hair damage.
The Verdict: Ginger Water is a Great Morning Drink!
Wow, what a list! Can you imagine all those wonderful health benefits packed within a single drink? And you’ll be able to enjoy all of them before you even start your day.
Now, we’re not saying that you should trade your cup of joe for ginger water. We love a jolt of caffeine too every now and then. But if you’re looking for a good alternative, then a cup of warm ginger water is definitely something worth considering.
After all, ginger water can help you look beautiful and sexy with all its skin and weight-loss benefits, and just make your body healthier and stronger with all its healing, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and antioxidant properties.
Those will all make us feel beautiful from the inside. But ginger water can also make us look more beautiful with its skincare and hair health benefits.
Whichever way you look at it, drinking water is a win-win!
We also encourage you to get creative with the basic ginger water recipe we have shared with you above. You can add other ingredients (Like mint! Try it, it’s really delicious. You’re welcome.), to enjoy more health benefits and make it more delicious.
Please remember, though, that the benefits of ginger water that we have listed above are not the only health benefits of this super drink. It offers dozens more! In fact, the other ingredients you’ll find in ginger water such as lemon and honey have their own major health benefits too.
Feel free to search for other benefits we have not yet mentioned and share them with us in your comments below.
Stay beautiful, sexy, and healthy!