Most of us know about ginger’s ability to calm upset stomachs when we feel nauseous. It can also be used as a potent flu-fighting ingredient in drinks like fire cider, or to give you a boost of energy in switchel. While those are both great ways to reap ginger’s many benefits, you can get some pretty great perks out of a simple cup of ginger tea. With just two ingredients — ginger and water, as the name suggests — it is not only super easy to make, but the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant aspects of the root can help you to shed a few pounds.
A study from Metabolism journal in 2012 claimed that participants were able to reduce their feelings of hunger thanks to ginger, which helped them to maintain a healthier grasp on weight management. Just a couple years later in 2014, the Journal of Science and Food Agriculturebacked that theory with a study that claimed “ginger supplementation suppresses obesity induced by a high fat diet.” The researchers felt that daily doses, like with ginger tea, was a promising addition for treating obesity.
Excerpted from First For Women