Ginger is a big one readers - if you don't already incorporate this little root into your diet, it's time to start! Gingerols, the tiny chemical compounds found in ginger which provide for that spicy kick, are highly anti-inflammatory and have anti-tumor and anti-viral properties. Illnesses associated with joint pain, such as arthritis, are significantly improved when ginger comes into play. Research also suggests that gingerols may help to inhibit the growth of cancerous cells in the body. Double plus!
Ginger root also promotes healthy sweating and works to detoxify the body, making it a vital immune booster. To bump up your ginger intake, we recommend throwing a bit of fresh ginger into stir-fry veggies, adding candied ginger to your breakfast cereal or oatmeal, or even soaking whole slices in a cup of hot chai tea!