Sometimes I drink it poured over a few crackling ice cubes, or sometimes I’ll pour it into a mug and zap it in the microwave. I might squeeze in fresh lemon and honey, which adds to the complex taste and health benefits.
Ginger tea is surprisingly simple to make. There are so many ginger tea benefits to feel good about. I always have a container of ginger tea in my fridge.
I get the mental and emotional satisfaction of being able to enjoy a flavorful drink and the direct benefits to my body and brain health.
Part of what appeals to me about ginger tea is my love of spices and flavor. Adding natural, health-boosting herbs like ginger to my diet helped me unlock lasting weight loss. I don’t feel deprived. I feel like the best, strongest, healthiest version of myself. That is so empowering!
Ginger is packed with benefits. You can read more about them in this Benefits of Ginger post (coming soon!). This post is focused on the concentration of ginger in tea, which makes it easy for your body to absorb the nutrients and boost benefits.
Here are 3 of the most impressive ginger tea benefits PLUS some of my favorite ginger tea recipes.
Benefits of Ginger Tea for Weight Loss
Stimulate your metabolism and feel satisfied with ginger tea
If you want to burn away an extra layer of fat, ginger tea is a great ally for you. The gentle spiciness of ginger stimulates your body, your mind, and your metabolism. (1)
Ginger tea also creates a satisfied feeling. So, not only are you burning more calories with a boosted metabolism, you also don’t feel hungry and tempted to snack as much when you don’t need to.
Snacking when you feel hungry is a good thing, especially when you snack on something full of healthy protein. But snacking mindlessly when you don’t need the calories is an express train to weight-gain.
Harness your blood sugar levels for weight control and to feel better
Ginger tea is great for taking the edge off the peckish feeling that can expand your waistline. It does this by regulating your blood sugar levels. (2)
Steadier blood sugar levels come with its own benefits. It can help with diabetes prevention and better control of symptoms and side effects for diabetics. (2)
The anti-inflammatory effects, nausea reduction, aids in digestion, balancing of blood sugar, and lowering of cholesterol are some of the great benefits of sugar which also keeps your energy level at constant. (3)
Get better digestion and nutrient absorption
Ginger tea benefits your digestion in a big way. It improves your nutrient absorption from the healthy foods you’re eating, relieves heartburn, gas and bloating which makes you feel like a balloon and your pants hard to button.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects the digestive system possibly through hormonal changes, chemical changes, having a more sensitive colon or reacting to stress. (4) It’s an uncomfortable condition that can cause symptoms like these:
- Constipation — the stool comes out either lumpy or hard
- Diarrhea — the stool comes out loose or watery
- Alternating bouts of constipation and diarrhea
- Bowel movements that feel uncontrollably urgent, difficult to pass, or incomplete
- Clear or white mucus with the stool
Ginger tea can calm the digestive tract and lessen IBS.
Ginger Tea Benefits For Inflammation
Reduce aches and pains with ginger tea
By reducing inflammation, ginger is a powerful way to relieve tired, sore joints and reduce swelling. It’s even used to treat arthritis. (5)
This can mean less achiness after exercise and relief of knee pain. Ginger also reduces menstrual pain and puffiness. Ginger has been shown to relieve cramping and headaches from menstruation as much as ibuprofen. (6)
If you’re looking for more anti-inflammatory spices, read about the health benefits of cinnamon for weight loss (and beyond).
Recover quicker with ginger tea
The next time you get sick or injured, you should add ginger tea to your grocery list.
The anti-inflammatory and analgesic power of ginger calms your system so it can repair itself from the effects of the common cold, the flu or even after surgery. (1) It can also help soothe any nausea you might get from the anesthesia. Read the How Much Ginger Tea + Precautions section below for more info on this.
Ginger tea helps the body fight cancer
Studies have found 6-gingerol, the main compound in ginger has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor properties. It also helps relieve the nausea of anyone going through chemotherapy and offsets some of the toxic effects of cancer treatment.
Ginger can help prevent cancer cells from forming in the first place and can help your body fight any existing cancer cells.
Benefits of Ginger Tea For Brain Health
Protect against neurodegenerative diseases with ginger tea
By slowing the loss of brain cells and reducing inflammation, ginger tea has been shown in studies to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease.
One study even showed improved working memory in 60 middle-aged women. The women who had ginger were markedly better at solving problems and remembering things than the ones who didn’t.
Ginger tea can also help protect against other neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s disease. (7) People with these neurodegenerative diseases have chronic brain inflammation and oxidation, which ginger tea can prevent and reduce.
Ginger tea improves focus and concentration
Ginger tea is linked in studies to improving how well you can concentrate and process information. It’s also known to improve your mood and calm your nervous system, which helps you focus on tasks. (8)
Can You Drink Too Much Ginger Tea?
While ginger tea is generally very safe and mild, there are some cases where you’ll want to limit ginger tea or ask your doctor about it.
This is if you:
- Have a bleeding disorder
- Are taking blood-thinning medications,
- Will have surgery in the next two weeks
- Are in the final weeks of pregnancy
This is all because ginger increases blood flow and could cause more bleeding in these special circumstances. (9)
Livestrong says 4 grams of ginger a day for most people, and 1 gram for most of a women’s pregnancy is ok. (9)
That’s about 2-3 cups of ginger tea for most people, and 1 cup a day in early to mid-pregnancy.
Do you love the taste of ginger tea? Which of these amazing health benefits matters most to you right now in your life? Let me know!