6 Reasons Why Waking Up to Ginger Tea is a Good Idea

From boosting immunity to preventing cancer, this miracle drink does it all!

Annabelle D’Costa

Nothing says morning better than a hot cup of kadak adrak wali chai. That first sip is enough to warm you up and awaken your senses. But there’s more to ginger tea than meets the eye. These 6 health benefits prove why ginger tea is a miracle drink.

Boosts Immunity

A natural aid for the immune system, ginger gives the much-needed immunity boost when you’re feeling under the weather. Now you know why grandma always recommended a cup of kadak adrak chai for your cough, cold or fever. The credit goes to ginger's antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties. An online study found that ginger's ntural healing properties provide immediate relief from a migraine. Not only does ginger tea contain less caffeine compared to a regular cup of coffee or tea, but is also packed with antioxidants that enhance overall health.

Relieves Stress

Ayurveda suggests that ginger tea’s soothing and calming properties can help calm your nerves, providing relief from any kind of stress.  An online study found that ginger root can also help relieve anxiety. The study stated that ginger, especially when consumed in its natural and raw form, can influence serotonin receptors, which helps in reducing symptoms of anxiety.

Aids Digestion

A study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information states that ginger is great for digestive health. Ginger can bring relief from indigestion, constipation and stomach ulcers. Known as a natural digestive stimulant, ginger increases the production of digestive juices which allow nutrients to get better assimilated in the body. Its anti-inflammatory and soothing properties work better than any over-the-counter medicines. Since it is a natural appetiser, beginning and ending your meals with ginger tea is a good idea. However, it’s recommended that you skip additives like milk to reap the benefits of this wonder root.

Prevents Nausea

If you suffer from motion sickness, sipping on ginger tea before a journey can relieve nausea, suggests a study. Its antioxidant substances called gingerols act as an effective natural treatment. A 2012 study by the University of Rochester Medical Center found that ginger tea, with a dose of lemon and mint, can reduce the feeling of nausea caused by chemotherapy. Since ginger is a natural herb, studies suggest that it can also be a safe treatment for morning sickness during pregnancy.

Prevents Cancer

Researchers at the American Chemical Society found that gingerol, the pungent compound in ginger, could help lower the risk of cancer. Another study found that compounds such as shogaol and paradols present in ginger have anti-carcinogenic properties which can prevent various cancers.

Relieves Muscle Soreness

Here’s some good news for fitness enthusiasts. Sip on ginger tea right before hitting the gym to prevent muscle soreness or pain that may be the after-effect of an intense workout session. A study by the University of Georgia found that daily ginger consumption reduced exercise-induced pain by almost 25 per cent. Ginger tea could also be the answer to your period-related problems – be it cramps or fatigue. 

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