Known primarily as an aid to digestion and a treatment for inflammation, ginger is a beneficial addition to a weight-loss program aimed at reducing belly fat and obtaining a flat tummy. Belly fat accumulates for various reasons, including overeating, age-related hormone reduction, lack of exercise and stress.
Consumption of ginger, Zingiber offinale, addresses each of these problems. Ask your doctor before taking large amounts of ginger, which may be contraindicated in certain medical conditions. Taking ginger without reducing calories or exercising won’t reduce belly fat.
Here are some of the benefits that the ginger provides you with:
Helps the Digestion
It helps with some digestive problems such as indigestion, acid reflux, bloating and stomach upset. By drinking ginger tea you can increase the production of gastric juice, saliva and bile.
Drinking this tea between each meal will stimulate the production of stomach acid and ensure proper food absorption.
Boosts the Metabolism
Burning fat is one of the gingers properties. Ginger reduces the intake of calories by making you feel full for longer period of time.
It is an appetite suppressant and it is ideal for the weight loss process.
Relieves Sore Muscles
Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, the ginger helps relieve the muscle inflammation and soreness after exercise.
Controls the Diabetes
Ginger tea consumption can help control type2 diabetes. Gingers active compounds, gingerols, increase the insulin sensitivity and keeps us safe from some disorders related to diabetes.
Why drink ginger tea to lose weight?
If you’ve noticed that lately you’ve been gaining a little weight, maybe your belly and hips have widened so much that you can’t wear your normal clothing, it’s probably time to take action. First and foremost, we are not telling you that in order to lose weight you need to limit yourself to only drinking ginger tea for days. Not at all.
Ginger tea is intended as a complement to a healthy, weight loss diet. That means it’s important that you reduce your daily fat intake and try to eat better overall, by making delicious salads, steamed vegetables, and don’t neglect your daily doses of protein, fiber, and plenty of water.
If you also add a little exercise and a cup of ginger tea after each meal, you’ll reach your ideal weight in five weeks. Sure, it requires effort on your part, but there’s no doubt that it’s worth it.
How to make ginger tea
- 1 cup of water (200 ml)
- 30 grams of ginger (chop the root into pieces the width of your finger)
- Juice of ½ lemon
- 1 tablespoon of honey (20 grams)
- Ginger tea is simple to make. First you should heat your cup of waterin a kettle or teapot made of copper or clay. Typically teapots made from aluminum or metal don’t preserve the medicinal properties of certain plants, so if possible you should avoid using those materials.
- Bring the water to a boil, add the ginger, and allow it to simmer for 20 minutes. Once it’s done, turn off the heat and let it stand for 10 minutes. Pour this tea into your favorite mug and add the juice of half a lemon. Stir it well and add the tablespoon of honey. It’s delicious!
When should you drink it?
Try starting out with two cups a day after lunch and dinner, for 15 days. Take a week off, and then start again. Always remember to keep a healthy diet and get plenty of exercise.
When should you avoid consuming ginger?
It’s not a good idea to consume ginger or ginger tea if you’ve been prescribed medications to treat diabetes or high blood pressure. Such drugs shouldn’t be taken with this herb.
If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, you should also avoid ginger.