Sidestep spring health hassles with these sweet sips, spiked with bodyhealing fresh ginger
HOW GINGER REVITALIZES
The gingerol compounds that give ginger its spicy flavor stimulate thermogenesis, a heatproducing process in the body that can increase calorie burn by 42 percent for 2 hours. The payoff: In one study, enjoying six thinly sliced pieces of ginger daily helped women shed up to 5 pounds of fat in two weeks.
Eases aches and pains
Enjoying 1 tsp. of ginger daily relieves chronic aches and stiffness in 63 percent of people in just one week, according to research in the Journal of Arthritis. Credit goes to the spice’s gingerol compounds, which suppress the production of the enzymes that cause pain-triggering inflammation.
A ginger-spiked smoothie can help keep spring colds and flus at bay. UCLA researchers report that the gingerol and zingibain in the spice increase the activity of pathogen-fighting immune cells by 33 percent. This slashes the risk of infection, plus cuts recovery time in half if you do get sick.