There are many ways a person may be able to lose weight, and not all methods involve strict dieting and vigorous exercising. While it certainly is important to lead an active lifestyle and have a well balanced diet, you will also discover that there are certain natural herbs and spices you can ingest that might actually help you burn fat, such as ginger.
Ginger has been recognized for centuries for its medicinal properties and it is commonly known that this particular herb has a positive impact on the digestive tract. Ginger helps to calm the gut and protect the gastric system by reducing stomach acidity through the increase of the pH of stomach acid. As a result, it reduces the rate of gastric secretions and boosts digestive enzyme activity. Thus, ginger has a direct effect on the stomach and liver to decrease nausea and vomiting.
Although it is a well recognized digestive aid, many people are unaware of the fact that eating ginger promotes weight loss in some people. How? The following are some of the ways in which ginger root can assist you in burning fat:
- Ginger helps to lower cholesterol levels – Research has found that ginger has the ability to aid in the lowering of cholesterol, especially serum and hepatic cholesterol levels. Ginger seems to not only hinder the absorption of cholesterol, but also stimulates cholesterol conversion to bile acids. Furthermore, this herb has revealed that it can increase bile excretion. Overall, lowering your cholesterol can help you lose weight.
- Ginger increases metabolism – Ginger contains an acidic substance that stimulates gastric enzymes, which can aid metabolism. The better your metabolism, the more calories you will burn.
- Ginger improves gastric mobility – When the digestive system is functioning at its best, food is freely moving through the body, which reduces bloating and constipation. In fact, studies have found that ginger regulates peristalsis, the rippling movement of the muscles in the gastrointestinal tract that is needed to push food and waste through the digestive system. Since it actually helps regulate peristalsis, it also helps to tone and strengthen the muscles involved in digestion.
Ginger can be added to your diet in many ways. You can add fresh or dried ginger to recipes, drink ginger tea and, of course, take supplements. Two of my favorite ginger foods are pickled ginger and candied ginger.
Although ginger will help to improve digestion and metabolism, it should not be used as a primary method to lose weight. One way that ginger has helped me while dieting is that when I become hungry I’ll sometimes suck on a piece of ginger. The powerful flavor of the ginger takes my mind off of food and soothes my stomach. If you are also someone who likes the flavor of ginger, which can be an acquired taste, then try eating some before meals or between meals when you are hungry to reap any weight loss benefits it may offer.
It’s interesting to note that eating ginger is actually used in herbal medicine to increase appetite. Although I don’t experience this myself, some people may.