From helping boost immunity to preventing cancer, this miracle drink does it all.

Nothing says morning better than a piping hot cup of adrak chai. There’s something about that first sip – when it’s cool enough for you to drink, but at the same time warm enough to awaken all your senses. Even the smell of fresh adrak chai being made itself is refreshing and deeply satisfying. A true chai lover will agree with us. But there’s so much more to that cup of ginger tea. Read on to know what every sip of chai holds for you.

Boosts immunity

Ginger acts as a natural immune system aid, giving it the much-needed boost whenever you’re feeling a bit under the weather. Now you know why grandma would always recommend a cup of ginger tea for your cough, cold or fever. Turns out she was right, thanks to its antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties. An online study also found that ginger can provide immediate relief from migraine headaches due to its natural healing properties. Not only does your cup of ginger tea contain less caffeine compared to your regular cup of coffee or tea, but comes packed with antioxidants that help enhance your overall health.  

Helps relieve stress

Your regular cup of adrak chai has more to it than simply helping bring a smile to your face. 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 online on the National Center for Biotechnology Information stated that ginger root is extremely good for your digestive health as it can help provide relief from indigestion, constipation and even stomach ulcers. Ginger is known to be a natural digestive stimulant, helping increase the production of digestive juices, allowing nutrients to get better assimilated in the body. It’s anti-inflammatory and soothing properties work better than the effect of any over-the-counter medicines. Don’t forget to begin and end your meals with a cup of ginger tea as ginger works well as a natural appetiser. However, it’s best to skip the milk and other additives to reap the benefits of this wonder root.

Prevents nausea

If you suffer from motion sickness, sipping on a hot cup of ginger tea before the journey could help relieve nausea, suggests a study. Thanks to its antioxidant substances called gingerols, that ginger acts as an effective natural treatment preventing and providing immediate relief from any form of travel sickness. What's more, a 2012 study conducted by the University of Rochester Medical Center found that ginger tea, with an added dose of lemon and mint, can help reduce the feeling of nausea caused due to chemotherapy.

Since ginger is a natural herb, studies suggest that it can also be considered as a safe treatment for morning sickness in case of pregnant women. Make sure you fix yourself a cup of kadak adrak wali chai with some freshly crushed ginger or a tablespoon or two of dried ginger powder, rather than opting for store-bought tea bags. 

Prevents Cancer

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

Relieves muscle soreness

Gym lovers, here’s some good news your way. Sip on some warm 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 conducted at the University of Georgia found that daily ginger consumption actually helped reduce exercise-induced pain by almost 25 per cent. What more, ginger tea could also be the answer to your period-related problems – be it cramps or fatigue. 

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