Ginger Lemon Water as an Appetite Suppressant????
I am in love with ginger! It all started with eating the side of pickled ginger they give you with your sushi order and from there it has grown into a full blown obsession! I LOVE GINGER!!! Ginger not only tastes refreshing and is so pleasing to my taste buds, it has soooooo many proven health benefits. It's an amazing, ancient root that really does fall under the catagory of "super food". I decided to try making my own ginger water initially to use in teas and cocktails. I am so thrilled with the taste, however, that I'm filling my Yeti with ice and taking the ginger water with me to watch my daughter's softball games. It's that refreshing and yummy! For those of you who are still back on the word "cocktail", don't you worry! The Ginger Cocktail recipe will be coming soon. So, without further adieu....I give you, ginger water!
Ginger Lemon Water Recipe
- thinly slice about a 2" piece of ginger root
- 1 lemon sliced
- 4-6 cups of boiling water
- Boil water and remove from heat. Add ginger and lemon to the hot water and let sit for about 20 minutes. Strain the ginger and lemon from the water and store in the refrigerator. Simple!
Here are just a few of the health benefits scientists can attribute to ginger root:
1. Digestion/Appetite Suppressant
There is something in ginger called phenolic compound that is known to help with gastrointestinal irritation. Gingers beneficial effects on the enzymes trypsin and pancreatic lipase also suggest that is could help prevent nausea as well as colon cancer and constipation. Ginger tea is also a great way to feel fuller, and is a natural appetite suppressant. It has a positive effect on norepinephrine and dopamine: two hormones that activate the part of the nervous system that reduce hunger.
2. Pain reduction
A study involving 74 volunteers carried out at the University of Georgia found that daily ginger supplementation reduced exercise-induced muscle pain by 25 percent. Ginger has also been shown to reduce cramps many women experience during their periods.
Ginger has been used for centuries to reduce inflammation and treat inflammatory conditions. In a controlled trial of 247 people with osteoarthritis of the knee, those who took ginger extract had less pain and required less pain medication.
Hopefully, I have peaked your interest in the amazing ginger root and you are willing to dip your toe in the ginger pool.