Will Ginger Help You Lose Weight?
Awesome News About Ginger! You may be one who has asked, “Will Ginger Help You Lose Weight?” Ginger increases your metabolism, helps you burn calories, and will keep you full and satiated longer.
It’s also and amazing appetite suppressant! Let me fill you in on the news about this great root.
Will Ginger Help You Lose Weight?
Ginger is known to increase the temperature of your body causing a thermogenic effect. This can help boost your metabolism, causing your energy levels to increase and burn more calories.
The ginger root herb contains a type of caffeine that helps with weight loss and naturally provides you with energy.
- Aids in digestion – Ginger can help speed up the digestion process of the stomach
- Appetite Suppressant – Ginger is great for suppressing the appetite
- Expands Blood Vessel’s – Ginger can expand blood vessel size causing an increase in body temperature. This allows the body to burn more fat.
- Anti-inflammatory – Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory which leads to a faster recovery time between workouts.
- Provides Energy – Adding Ginger to you daily diet will help you feel more energized, mentally focused, and can aid in vitality.
Most commonly, ginger is used in teas and lemon water. I will provide you with some great recipes further down the page for ways to use ginger for helping you achieve your weight loss goals.
Benefits from Ginger and Turmeric blended together!
Both Ginger and Turmeric are powerful spices that have been used widely throughout history. There are many medical purposes and medicinal properties from each of these herbs.
As supplements, ginger and turmeric have been used to treat various physical ailments such as joint pain, inflammation, and aid in the prevention of certain cancers. Both are also known for their weight loss benefits.
The power from the two of these great spices go beyond what I can cover in this one article, but you get the idea.
Ginger and Turmeric both have antioxidant properties that contribute to their ability to help to prevent cancer, reduce inflammation, reduce stomach problems, suppress hunger, and aid with detoxing the body.
How Ginger can Fight Body Fat, Obesity, and Diabetes
Ginger root came from Southeast Asia and from there it was traded around the world. Most commonly, ginger is served as a hot tea or in a lemon water mixture, but it has been added to soups, sauces, and stir-fried vegetables as well.
Drink ginger as a tea or in water to fight body fat, obesity, and diabetes. Ginger tea helps boost up your digestive system increasing the absorption of food and decrease bloating after eating too much. This superfood plays a role in fat burning, digesting carbs, insulin secretion, and many other benefits.
The fat-burning properties and insulin secretion of ginger are just some properties that give this herb its anti-obesity effects.
Here’s a quote I found from Time Guide to Weight Loss website:
“The evidence for these benefits is stronger in animal and test-tube studies than it is in people, the authors point out. When fed to rats, for example, ginger has been shown to significantly reduce body weight and systemic inflammation, lower cholesterol and blood sugar and protect against the harmful effects of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.”
Reducing body fat and obesity helps protect the body from Diabetes. There have been animal studies on obese rats with diabetes. The animals were given a mixture of cinnamon and ginger. Those rats experienced things like:
- Reduced body weight
- Reduced body fat mass
- Decreased blood sugar levels
- Increased insulin levels
Health Benefits from Ginger Root
There are so many health benefits from ginger root. This article could be 20 pages long if I went in depth with each of its benefits, but I’ll try to provide you a short version of each health benefit that have been proven.
- Natural Anti-Inflammatory
- Reduces Arthritis Pain
- Relieves Muscle Pain
- Stomach Ulcers
- Prevents Menstrual Cramps
- Relieves Nausea
- Treats Diarrhea
- Relieves Excess Gas
- Aids in Digestion
Ginger contains the compound gingerol, a natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. These anti-inflammatories are important because they can help heal injuries and illnesses quicker and reduce inflammation.
The anti-inflammatory properties found in ginger, relieve muscle and joint pain, including arthritis and menstrual pain.
Ginger is widely known to help sooth an upset stomach, relieve bloating and gas associated with sickness, menstrual, food allergies, or stomach ulcers.
** Relieves Asthma
There have been studies showing that the chemical components found in ginger along with the traditional asthma medicines, may help reduce tightening of muscles around breathing passages.
** Liver Protection
There have been studies showing that ginger’s medicinal properties are well-known to herbalists causing many health benefits, some pertaining to liver health.
** Treats Cold and Flu, & Prevents Infection
Lemon, honey, and ginger are commonly combined in hot water and sipped on to help with cold and flu like symptoms. Consuming fresh ginger regularly has also been known to help fight bacterial infections, reduce swelling, and improve the overall health and well-being.
** Prevents Cancer
Ginger has powerful medicinal properties and may protect against colorectal cancer and ovarian cancer.
** Controls Diabetes, Prevents Obesity, Boosts Heart Health
Ginger can reduce cholesterol, lowering the risk of blood clotting, and helping to maintain health blood sugar levels. Reducing these can greatly help with controlling diabetes, preventing obesity, and will boost your heart health.
** Detoxifies the Body
Ginger is thought to cleanse the body by stimulating digestion, circulation, and sweating. Its digestive actions may serve to cleanse the build-up of waste and toxins in the colon, liver, and other organs. (source)
** Skin Care
Ginger can reduce the appearance of hypo pigmented scars. Applying fresh ginger onto the skin areas that are lacking color or scared, and let the juice dry once or twice a day. After a few weeks you should start seeing improvements and after a few months, your scar will be barely noticeable.
** Increases Sexual Activity
Herbs such as ginger may help male impotence, also known as erectile dysfunction
** Improves Cognition
Studies have shown that the natural medicines found in ginger may help improve memory and boost cognitive ability.
Top Health Benefits of Ginger Root by Dr. Axe
How to Use Ginger for Weight Loss
==> Great Recipes Using Ginger <==
There are many great recipes for using ginger, but the most common ways are in hot tea or lemon water. Before using ginger, you want to remove the brown skin by scraping or peeling it off.
It can then be minced and added to stir-fries, smoothies, or salad dressings.
Ginger is great with soy sauce, garlic and salmon as well, but for using ginger to help with weight loss, is generally added to a drinkable mixture of some sort. I have listed some recipes below that might interest you. 🙂
Ginger and Lemon water (served cold)
Lemons are packed with vitamin C; more vitamin C and will keep your skin healthier, aid in digestion, and can help you lose weight, so why not mix it with Ginger and get extra benefits?
Besides the extra vitamin C, lemons also provide a healthy serving of potassium, magnesium, copper, and some protein. Below you will find the ingredients for Ginger and Lemon Water, served cold.
- 1 cup of water
- 1 Fresh Lemon, Squeezed
- Add grated ginger
Using a blending bottle, add ice cubes, water, lemon juice, and grated ginger. Shake it up and drink.
Dragon’s Breath Ginger Shot (for the brave)
This is one super drink you won’t regret finding, but it’s only for those brave soles that can handle a little kick. So we now known Lemons are great for you, your health, and aiding in weight loss. The magic beauty behind ginger can lead to weight loss and then there’s cayenne peppers…
If you remember those from an earlier article, cayenne peppers are great for weight loss because they can boost your metabolism and reduce hunger. This is where the “brave” part fits in. These bright red peppers may have a few super powers, but they come with a kick.
By combining lemon, ginger, and cayenne pepper together in one shot drink, the Dragon’s Breath Ginger Shot found at Good Food Stories website. This one shot drink is powerful enough to fight colds and viruses, ward off hangovers, and supply as much energy as an espresso can.
- 2 lemons – washed and cut in half
- 1 2-inch piece of fresh ginger, washed
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Blend using a juicer or Ninja blending cup. Using a fine mesh strainer, strain the juice to remove lemon pulp and ginger pieces.
Add the cayenne pepper, stir into the lemon and ginger mixture, and then pour into your shot glass. Drink the shot all at once and feel the blast of power it supplies!
Hot Ginger Tea
- 2 inch long pieces of ginger root, peeled and finely grated
- 1 cup of Water
- Honey (sweeten as desired)
- Add water to a small pot and bring water to a boil.
- Add grated ginger root to the boiling water and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Using a small strainer, strain the ginger water into a mug.
- Add the desired amount of honey according to taste.
- This recipe is best to drink warm.
Lemon, Cucumber, and Ginger Detox
- 1/2 lemon
- 6 slices of cucumber
- 1 inch peeled ginger
- Add 20 ounces of water and refrigerate for 1 hour
This drink will help with hydration along with providing some extra vitamin C and energy.
I recommend you to get an infuser water bottle. In mine, I add some sliced lemons, cucumbers, 1 inch peeled ginger root, mint leaves and sometimes for added flavor, sliced strawberries and then fill it up with water.
This detox is part of my “Best Ways For Men to Lose Belly Fat” article that you might find interesting.
Golden Latte recipe with Turmeric
If you try it before I do, I’d love to hear what your thoughts are about it in the comment boxes at the end of this article..
==> Use CAUTION when using Turmeric <==
It will stain fingernails, clothing, towels, dish clothes, counter tops, etc. (pretty much anything it comes in contact with!)
- 1/2 tsp turmeric (fresh grated or powder)
- 1/2 tsp fresh grated ginger
- Pinch of cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon and cayenne pepper
- 2-3 peppercorns
- 2 cups skim milk
- Natural sweetener such as stevia
Toast the spices in a dry pan over low heat until fragrant or simply add them with the peppercorns to milk in a pot and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 2-3 minutes and strain into 2 cups.
Other Foods to add to Ginger Teas
There are many foods you can also use in your ginger teas and water, although honey, truvia, lemon, and strawberries are my favorite. Here are some more common foods to try:
- Turmeric (See also, Turmeric Plus Supplements)
- Cayenne Pepper
- Fresh Fruits
I hope you found this article helpful and informative. Now you known the answers if you had the question; “Will Ginger Help You Lose Weight?”
The answer is yes, ginger can aid in weight loss along with many other benefits.
Please leave your feedback of your thoughts about ginger in the comment box below. I would love to hear from you!