With a pungent and slightly spicy flavor with a hint of lemon, ginger may just be a must-have for athletes. Let's find out why.
The nutritional properties of ginger
Ginger, which is increasingly used as a spice in various dishes or drinks, is rich in vitamins (A, B6 and C, to be precise) and mineral salts (mainly potassium and magnesium, but also calcium, sodium and iron). Not only that – the substances that ginger contains are excellent antioxidants and provide protection against free radicals, and it is the combination of all these properties that makes ginger so unique.
It is true that ginger does have precious qualities that can enhance the well-being of our bodies. These include the use of ginger to treat sea sickness or severe post-operative or post-pregnancy stomach pains, where chewing this spice comes highly recommended. The reason for this is simple: the substances that ginger contains seem to be able to speed up the digestive processes, protecting the stomach's gastric mucosa and thus reducing acidity.
Ginger also has an effect on the immune system: it helps the body to guard against seasonal illnesses such as influenza. All you need to do is pour some boiling water into a cup along with a chunk of ginger, and you have an excellent remedy for colds, sore throats, fever and bronchitis.
Finally, below are the three properties that have made ginger the mythical food favored by so many athletes: it is perfect for combating stress, it is a powerful slimming aid, and it reduces the intensity of muscle pain.
Ginger to burn fat
It is often said that ginger is ideal for all those whose ultimate sporting goal is to lose weight. So if summer is approaching and our indulgences have far outweighed our sporting achievements, this extraordinary root could provide a valuable helping hand.
Reducing the effects of pain and stress
Another of the properties of this wonder root seems to make ginger the perfect match for sport: it seems that nothing can relax our body like an exercise session followed by a good hit of ginger.
In the shops, this marvelous food can be found in various guises (and it's always a good idea to consume it in moderation): in the form of a root to be chewed, in herbal teas, as a dried spice, in liquid shots or even in tablets. Already widely used in Chinese medicine in the form of compresses due to its ability to radiate heat, ginger is gaining credibility in the medical field in the West too, as it is able to promote the re-oxygenation of tissues and reach deep into painful areas of annoying muscle spasms. Is ginger the secret to an increasingly powerful snatch in weightlifting?