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9 Reasons You Should Be Drinking Ginger Water Every Day

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I like to start my day with a cup of tea, but every once in a while I look for ways to change things up. Sometimes I just switch the flavors of tea I keep in the cupboard, but then I realized that I could swap for ginger water and help my body in more ways than one.

Ginger has a ton of minerals, including potassium, manganese, copper and magnesium, all of which you should be getting more of on a daily basis. If you don't want to replace your morning tea or coffee, then try drinking a glass of ginger water before bed.

Why? Let's find out.

1. Treating Nausea

Thanks to the different vitamins and minerals in ginger, ginger can help calm postoperative, chemotherapy-induced, viral, and morning sickness nausea. Many cultures swear by ginger as an herbal treatment, but the studies conducted in America aren't exactly bulletproof. That being said. they do indicate that ginger water can help treat nausea and vomiting.  

2. Promoting Weight Loss

If you're looking to lose a few extra pounds, ginger water might be able to help with that. Combined with diet and exercise, ginger water can help you lose weight. In a study conducted in rats, results showed that ginger suppressed the appetites of obese rats. Another study showed that men who drank hot ginger water after a meal felt fuller for longer. Why not end your meals with a glass of ginger water? It can't hurt!

3. Relieving Period Pain

Ladies, this might be the best news ever. The potassium in ginger root can help to ease the pain associated with your period. Drinking ginger tea when you are cramping can bring you relief in as quickly as quickly as 10 minutes. It's an easy, natural way to help lessen the pain of something that can be debilitatingly uncomfortable.

4. Balancing Blood Sugar

Drinking ginger water or tea can help keep your blood sugar balanced, which in turn can help you in your day to day life. Low blood sugar can make you crave sugar, have trouble sleeping, always feel thirsty, and even make you feel anxious. Thankfully, the ginger water can help you balance that out and get back to your normal self!

5. Preventing Chronic Disease And Inflammation

Because of the high amounts of phytonutrients in ginger, which are antioxidant-like compounds, drinking ginger water every day can help reduce your risk of chronic inflammation, which puts your cells on high alert for a lingering threat. Sometimes, this response can get out of control, and it can play a part in developing diseases like arthritis and cancer.  

6. Treating Post-Workout Muscle Pain

Anyone who works out will tell you that the post-workout muscle pain can slow your entire day down. However, it doesn't have to ruin everything! By drinking ginger tea, or even taking ginger supplements, you can reduce your muscle pain after a workout.

7. Staying Hydrated

Some people just don't like drinking water, so they need to find different ways to stay hydrated. Obviously, ginger water is still water, but adding in some ginger makes it less "boring," and helps you get your recommended eight cups of water a day. You can add some ginger to a large water bottle and nurse that for the day if you want something on hand all the time!

8. Helping Digestion

Keeping things moving in your digestive smoothly is something we should all strive for, and ginger water can help with that. The vitamins and minerals in ginger can not only strengthen your digestive system, but also help prevent indigestion and heartburn.

9. Relieiving Migraines

If you're someone who suffers from chronic migraines, you've learned the signs that an episode is coming on. Not everyone likes to take medication to treat their symptoms, so ginger water is a good alternative. Taking half a teaspoon of ginger mixed with some warm water, right as you feel the onset of a migraine, can be as effective as some migraine medications.

Ginger water is a great way to up your water intake and keep your body in tip-top form.

Donna loves spending time in front of the TV catching up on dramas, but in the summer you'll find her in the garden.