The holidays are a time when gingerbread men and houses reign supreme, but there are plenty of reasons to incorporate ginger into your diet all year round.
Let’s start with the winter season, when cold weather means more people stay indoors. Sharing a cozy couch with friends and family is great, but it’s also a good opportunity to spread viruses and germs.
If you do feel like you got more than just socks from your Aunt Sue over the holidays, ginger can help you sweat out that cold. In addition to detoxification, ginger-induced sweats produce dermicidin. This germ-fighting agent can offer protection against invading bacteria and fungi, according to German researchers.
Summer’s prime time for training regiments, especially if you’re a runner gunning for a personal best for an upcoming fall race. But all that training can take a toll on your joints. If you are detecting pain in your knees or ankles, introducing ginger to your diet can have some benefits.
Ginger contains gingerols, a collection of anti-inflammatory compounds, that block the chemical messenger that transmits the pain from inflammation to your body, according to the BBC.