Ginger is one of the most important spices you can use not only because of its substantial effect on the digestion but also because of its ability to balance the three body-types.
Ginger For Balance
The three body types in Ayurveda are vata for movement, pitta for metabolism, and kapha for the body’s structure. Vata, pitta, and kapha are parts of each of us but in different relative strength. That accounts for why some people prefer hot weather and others cool weather, why some love spicy food and others hate it and why some people love physical labor and sports and others do not.
If you know your predominant body type (see quiz), then you can choose the best ginger remedy for you. According to the Ayurvedic Encyclopedia,
- vata needs ginger combined with rock salt
- pitta needs ginger combined with rock candy
- kapha requires ginger combined with honey.
Power Up Your Digestion With Ginger
Ginger has another important function. It helps with the digestion. That may not sound like much, but digestion is one of the most important functions of your body. According to MAPI, ginger:
- ginger stokes the digestive fire
- whets the appetite
- improves assimilation of food
- improves transportation of nutrients to targeted body tissues
- and clears the microcirculatory channels of the body to facilitate absorption of food and removal of wastes.
Ginger acts as a stimulant and a roto-rooter to make the digestive system more effective.
Food, when it is not properly digested and assimilated in the body, clogs the system attaching itself to tissues and organs. It then reduces the functioning of the body and eventually creates disease. Taking ginger before lunch and dinner is a great way to ensure a healthy digestion.
Treating Disease With Ginger
Ginger has other benefits:
- it acts as an analgesic, reducing pain, for people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis
- it helps with motion sickness and has helped some pregnant women with morning sickness
- it is used as a cold and flu remedy
- it reduces the inflammation that can cause migraines
- it has also been used in treat ovarian and colon cancer.
Ginger is a wonderful herb and spice that is easily incorporated into the diet and is worth considering to keep you in balance and your digestion humming on all cylinders.