Ginger has been used in many cultures for many years not only because it helps to delightfully flavor any food in comes into contact with but also because it has a number of medicinal properties. Over the years it has been used to treat a number of ailments and conditions.
Originally found in southern China, ginger is now known to grow in any climate considered warm and the aromatic and spicy root can be used to make biscuits, used in Chinese dishes, deserts, with sushi and even as a form of tea.
Ginger Tea Benefits
There are a number of reported benefits on the body as a result of drinking tea and although more studies will need to be performed before it can be confirmed one way or another whether these reports are true, there’s a reason drinking ginger tea has stuck around for as long as it has.
The ginger tea benefits include reducing your blood pressure, suppressing tumor growth, alleviating muscle aches, reducing the pain of arthritis and more.
One of the most famous reasons behind people drinking ginger tea is for the positive benefits it can have on your digestive system. It is very well known for stopping nausea and vomiting, and for years pregnant women have used it as a way to cure morning sickness. This is rather controversial however and we would always recommend discussing ginger tea with your doctor before you drink it whilst pregnant.
Going back to the point we made about reducing the pain of arthritis and that extends to other conditions too. There are anti-inflammatory properties in ginger tea and this can help alleviate a number of pains and muscle aches.
The anti-inflammatory properties extend to combating things like the common cold and flu too. If you have congestion in your sinuses, try drinking some ginger tea. The same tea could also help with menstrual discomfort and will also help to boost your immune system. With the calming properties it can offer, there are anti-stress benefits to boast about also and when you combine this with the fact that it also has links with improving infertility, it might seem that ginger tea could really cure all ailments.
Ginger Tea Warnings
As with anything in life, it’s always best to consult with a medical professional before you try to make any drastic changes to your diet. Drinking the occasional cup of ginger tea won’t hurt you as long as you don’t suffer with any allergies, but if you are going to make a conscious effort to drink a lot more, it is worth making sure you are doing so safely.
Too much green tea isn’t good for you and can bring about a number of digestive issues including diarrhea, vomiting, nausea and even excess acidity (acid reflux) and even a low blood sugar level.
You should try to ensure you drink ginger tea early on in the day too as it can disrupt your sleep pattern. Drinking tea before bed can lead to trouble falling asleep, or trouble staying asleep.
If you are taking blood thinning medication, you will want to avoid drinking ginger tea or at the very least, discuss with your doctor before you start drinking it. The compounds in ginger tea can interact with certain medications such as anticoagulants.
If you have low blood pressure, ginger tea can cause the pressure to reduce even further so you seek medical advice first, and if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, the topic of drinking ginger tea can be controversial so we would again advise seeking medical advice.
Finally, bile production can be increased with you drink ginger tea so if you already suffer with problems such as gallstones, the ginger tea can make the situation worse.
How much ginger tea is too much?
As with most things in life, you can have too much of a good thing and this is definitely the case with ginger tea. In moderation ginger tea can provide your body with a number of benefits from cancer boosting properties to sorting out your digestive system. However, you can have too much and there are guidelines in place that you should definitely stick to.
For every kg of your body weight, you are allowed two grams of ginger per day but this is still a very high amount of ginger to consume and even smaller amounts than this have been known to cause negative side effects.