Ginger, the Spice of my life, and yours! - Huda Shaikh

Ginger, the Spice of my life, and yours! - Huda Shaikh
Ginger is nothing less than a miracle herb, and is my favourite spice. It can basically spice up your cup of tea, bowl of rice, platter of salad, and much more. Want to know why? This ancient, humble spice is loaded with benefits, and has been given the status of ‘Natural chest medicine’, by Ayurvedic experts (at least two names needed). Ginger has successfully helped in relieving digestive issues, like loss of appetite, nausea, motion sickness and pain.
The root or stem of this wonder herb can either be consumed fresh, powdered, dried, in oil form, or as juice. Ginger belongs to the Zingiberaceae family, just like cardamom and turmeric, and is widely grown in countries like India, Jamaica, Fiji, Indonesia and Australia. 
Ginger has been widely used all over Asia for therapeutic and culinary purposes. It is used almost every day in most Indian households. A piping hot cup of ‘adrak ki chai’ is everyone’s favourite, and is an age old method of treating cold and flu. 
Impressed? Then it’s time to try some fresh grated ginger before a meal, in order to keep your gut healthy, and to give your digestive system some boost. Ginger can be beneficial in any form, so go ahead and add grated or squeezed ginger to  your tea, smoothie and juice.
A closer look at the spicy world of ginger
1) Have you lost appetite? Not feeling like eating? Then go ahead and chew a small piece of ginger, to revive your lost appetite, and to activate your digestive juices.
2) Feeling nauseous? Add little honey to a small piece of crushed ginger, and see your nausea vanishing in no time.
3) Eat ginger to improve the absorption and assimilation of various essential nutrients in the body.
4) The king of spice is known to clear up the micro-circulatory channels of our body, and hence, it is also helpful in clearing up your sinuses, which can be quite troublesome during  cold weather.
5) Have you been facing gastric issues off late? Then the best trick  would be to chew some ginger, as ginger can help in treating flatulence really well.
6) Suffering from terrible stomach cramps? Then it’s time for you to make friends with ginger. Ginger will help in soothing the tummy-ache, and will provide you with immediate relief.
7) Ginger is known to have anti-inflammatory properties. So, if you ever suffer from joint-pain, then do not forget to add some ginger oil to bathing water to help soothe aching muscles and joints.
8) Make some fresh ginger tea, to get rid of nose and throat congestion.This tea is not only loaded with healing properties, but has a great taste too.You can also crush some fresh ginger, add it to a cup of warm water, with some honey in it, and consume, when suffering from cold and flu.
9) Recently undergone a surgery? Munch some fresh ginger, in order to overcome nausea.
10) And my female friends, has the monthly cycle knocked on your door, and the pain unbearable?…Then just chew a small piece of ginger, and it will surely give you some relief from the pain.
Ginger, the kitchen veteran
1) Ginger tea
Add chopped or grated ginger to your tea, to make our very own ‘adrak ki chai’.
2) Ginger dessert
Surprised? Yes you heard…read it right! Ginger can also be added to your favorite desserts.This will ensure that you eat a healthy dessert, with loads of cleansing and healing properties.
3) Make some ginger flavoured rice
Cook a cup of brown rice. Now add a tsp of olive oil in a pan and stir, in chopped garlic, ginger, green chillies, fresh coriander leaves and mint leaves. Add rice to the pan. The amazing ginger flavoured rice is ready to eat. Just try it! The aroma of the rice will drive your senses crazy with gluttonous desire.
4) Gingery smoothie
Want to spice up your glass of smoothie? Then add some fresh crushed ginger to your favourite apple/beet-root smoothie and voilà!! We have a tasty and healthy smoothie.
5) The soupy soup
Yes you got  it right again!! Add some chopped ginger to any vegetable or chicken-based soup. Not only will it enhance the flavour of the soup, but it will also make your tummy happy.

Now, just make your way into the kitchen, gingerly!
Huda Shaikh, a clinical nutritionist and dietician with 2 years of experience, she is the Director and Founder of Nutribond - bondage to good health. Nutribond is an online health care centre that designs customised diet plans for individuals. She has closely worked with people suffering from various health issues. She believes in order to stay healthy it is important to have a proper balance between a good diet and exercise. Passionate about eating right, her love for cooking has helped her in devising healthy recipes.
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