Se­cret-weapon smooth­ies

Side­step spring health has­sles with these sweet sips, spiked with body­heal­ing fresh gin­ger

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Revs me­tab­o­lism

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.

Strength­ens im­mu­nity

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.

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