Ginger & Ginger tea or ginger water is a common traditional remedy that gets genuine respect from medical doctors and natural healers alike. Before I get into the surprising benefits of ginger water, this refreshingly zingy beverage also acts as a great pure water alternative for those who wish to hydrate but do not find aqua to be interesting enough.  Just fill up a nice old wine bottle with this thirst quenching elixir and drink it between meals!

Firstly, how to make it. My recipe is stronger than most (I like to taste the ginger big time!) Use a zester to grate 1 teaspoon of ginger. Boil 4 cups of water on the stove. Add the ginger once the water is boiling. Remove the ginger water from the heat and let the ginger steep in the water for 10 minutes. Add a fresh lemon once the water when it’s cold to preserve a host of benefits from the lemon itself, mostly the Vitamin C.

Bust Fat with ginger water
There are studies which point to ginger water being good at getting rid of stubborn fat in particular, which is often back or abdominal fat. As cited in the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), ginger helps to revitalize even the slowest digestive systems by helping to stimulate the production of stomach acids. One facet of ginger’s pound-shedding power is that it helps you feel fuller and helps burn fat rather than just helping you lose water weight. It also works to lower cortisol levels; high amounts of cortisol can lead to weight gain and extra belly fat.

Level your blood sugar with ginger water
High blood sugar levels can induce extreme hunger and lead to snacking & overeating. Ginger water regulates blood sugar levels and subsequently, controls the urge to eat. It also improves the fat absorbing ability of the body which helps in weight loss.

Anti-Inflammatory your bod with ginger water
An article published in “Journal of Medicinal Food” in the 2005 summer issue noted that during the past 25 years, scientists have provided scientific support for the long-held belief that ginger contains powerful anti-inflammatory properties.  This is not surprising, because ginger is among the top ingredients in naturopathic medicine that treats inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and it’s even used in massage balms for sore muscles.

Aid your digestion
Ever wonder why the gingerale shelf is often empty? That’s because half of all buyers are not making moscow mules, they are treating a hangover, or morning sickness. Gingerale is a worldwide known anti-nauseant whose digestive rescue is common knowledge in every part of the world where this hardy root is available. Why is it a tummy tamer? Mostly it’s been shown to work as a carminative (flatulence inhibitor) as well as an intestinal spasmolytic (digestive-tract soother). It also relieves morning & car sickness. Hopping into the back seat of a turbulent road trip? Ginger water to the rescue!

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