Ginger

Ginger is another one of those super foods that seems to cure every ailment. Ginger can be sharp tasting, but if used in moderation it can provide a sweet and spicy zing to a lot of dishes. I use it a lot when I cook Asian style meals - combining garlic, ginger, and soy sauce is like the trio of garlic, basil, and tomatoes in Italian cooking. Ginger is also incredibly good for you - it can help upset stomaches, relieve gas, and tame inflammation.

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Easing Nausea

Chewing on crystalized ginger and eating ginger snaps has had a long tradition of being effective with easing nausea. 

Relieving Gas

In herbal medicine, ginger is regarded as an excellent carminative (a substance which promotes the elimination of intestinal gas) and intestinal spasmolytic (a substance which relaxes and soothes the intestinal tract).

Taming Inflammation

Some research shows ginger can reduce inflammation and pain associated with osteoarthritis. Ginger has naturally occurring anti-inflammatory compounds known as COX-2 inhibitors which are also found in NSAIDs including aspirin and ibuprofen.

Cooking with Ginger

I find that peeling and then grating ginger is the best way to incorporate it into dishes. That way I get the flavor of the ginger as it melts into the food as opposed to a chunk of it between my teeth.

While I really like ginger, I have a hard time drinking straight up ginger tea. Luckily Yogi Tea makes a few teas that combine ginger in them so you still get their benefits without the super strong ginger taste.

I've also started adding ginger to a smoothies to incorporate more of it in my diet. 

Here are some other recipes that you can try with ginger in them!