All About Ginger
'Tis the season for cold and flu so there's really no better time to get to know the antioxidant powerhouse ginger a little bit better. Ginger is closely related to turmeric and comes from the root of a perennial herb. It has been used for thousand of years in Traditional Chinese Medicine because of its antioxidant properties and ability to soothe digestive upset. Ginger also has a strong anti-inflammatory effect by inhibiting the formation of anti-inflammatory agents in the body and many studies have shown the addition of ginger to the diet to be very beneficial for the treatment of inflammatory disorders. Ginger's warming spice also helps to raise the body's temperature, which is key in creating a healing environment in the body and fighting off infection. There are a variety of ways to incorporate ginger into the diet either dried and powdered, fresh and juiced, or cooked. Given that ginger has so many antioxidant and soothing properties it is a good idea to incorporate it into the diet in whichever form you like best such as a daily ginger shot or a warming cup of ginger tea.