Ginger tea can help towards weight loss because it has potent diuretic and thermogenic proprieties, boosting metabolism and stimulating the body to use up more energy. However, in order for this to happen, ginger tea should be part of a healthy balanced diet.
Additionally, ginger is also excellent for relieving gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms, such as nausea and vomiting. For weight loss, ginger tea can be taken on its own, or with lemon, cinnamon, turmeric, or nutmeg.
How to lose weight with ginger tea
If you want to lose weight with ginger tea, have some at least three times a day, and avoid drinking alcohol and eating sugary foods such as biscuits and cakes. It’s also important to avoid processed foods such as soda and juice, as well as foods full of unhealthy fats, such as pizza, ready-made food, processed meats, deep-fried food, and fast-food.
On the other hand, it’s important that you increase your intake of vegetables, fruit, lean meats, eggs, and dairy. Additionally, include healthy fats in your diet like those found in nuts and seeds such as peanuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, chestnuts, flaxseed, chia seeds or pumpkin seeds, and fish such as salmon, tuna, sardines, and other foods such as olive oil and avocado.
In addition to your diet, it’s important to do regular exercise, such as walking, riding a bicycle, running or swimming for 30 to 60 minutes, at least 3 times a week.
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5 easy ginger tea recipes for weight loss
The following recipes can help boost the benefits of ginger, especially with regard to weight loss:
1. Simple ginger tea
Ginger tea should be made in the following proportion: 1 inch (2 cm) of fresh ginger in 6.8 oz (200 mL) of water or 1 tablespoon of ground ginger for each ¼ gal (1 liter) of water.
Put the ingredients in a saucepan and boil for about 8 to 10 minutes. Take the pan off the heat, cover it and wait until it cools. Then strain and drink.
How to drink it
We recommend you drink ginger tea three times a day.
To increase the weight loss effect of ginger, it is important to follow a low-fat, sugar-free diet, and exercise regularly.
2. Ginger with cinnamon
Drinking cinnamon ginger tea is a way to further enhance the weight-loss effects of ginger because cinnamon stimulates fat burning and helps to decrease appetite, as it contains fibers that increase satiety. In addition, cinnamon also helps to regulate blood sugar levels, decrease cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure.
Add the cinnamon and the ginger to the water. Turn your cooker on medium-high heat and let the infusion boil for about 5-10 minutes.
3. Ginger with turmeric
Turmeric is known as one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant ingredients, bringing health benefits such as improved immune system, hormone production, and circulation.
Add 1 piece of ginger to 500 ml of water and bring to the boil. Once boiled, turn the heat off and add 2 teaspoons of turmeric, covering the pan and letting the tea infuse for 10 minutes before drinking.
4. Ginger with pineapple juice
Ginger with pineapple juice is a great choice for hot days as an aid to digestion. In addition to the digestive properties of ginger, pineapple contains bromelain, an enzyme that helps in the digestion of proteins.
Put a sliced up pineapple in a blender with one to two pieces of ginger, blend and serve it cold, without straining, and without adding sugar. You can also add mint and ice to make the juice tastier.
5. Ginger lemonade
For warmer days, a great option is to make ginger lemonade, which has weight-loss benefits.
- 1 liter of water;
- 4 lemons;
- 5 g of ginger, grated or ground.
Squeeze the juice of four lemons into a jar together with the water and ginger. Let the mixture sit in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Drink the lemonade through the day, as a replacement for one liter of water, for example.
Other benefits of ginger tea
The benefits of having ginger tea every day include:
- Decreasing nausea and vomiting. It is safe for pregnant women and patients undergoing chemotherapy;
- Improving digestion, preventing heartburn and gas;
- Decreasing blood sugar levels, as it increases insulin sensitivity and it has an anti-inflammatory effect on the body;
- Preventing some types of cancer and improving immunity, due to gingerol and shogaol, which have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, preventing the damage of free radicals to cells. Some studies indicate that it can prevent pancreatic, gastrointestinal, and colorectal cancers;
- Fighting infectious diseases due to its antiseptic action;
- Eliminating toxins from the liver and preventing fatty liver disease;
- Promoting heart health, as it improves circulation and it has antioxidant effects;
- Preventing kidney stones, due to its diuretic effect.
However, you should be careful because ginger reduces blood viscosity when used in large quantities, and its consumption by individuals who regularly take anticoagulants, such as aspirin, should be supervised by the nutritionist to avoid the risk of hemorrhage.