The Benefits of ginger on the HCG Diet

The Benefits of ginger on the HCG Diet

One of the easiest steps that you can take so you lose more weight while on the HCG Diet is to use spices. Spices as you know are not just for flavors but for their many health benefits too including weight loss. There are tons of spices allowed on the HCG Diet which include bay leaf, lemon, Cajun, coriander, garlic mint leaves, and many others to mention. Spices like cilantro, cayenne pepper, cumin, mustard, dandelion, ginger, and turmeric, and chili powder are just some approved spices that are proven to help burn more fats. Among all the spices mentioned, one stands out among the rest-GINGER.

Ginger is among the healthiest spices on the planet. The slightly sweet yet pungent, spicy with citrus undertone and musty flavor will definitely add some zing to your cooking. This spice is derived from the roots of Zingiber Officinale and is closely related to spices like turmeric and cardamom. Ginger has a lengthy history of use from traditional or alternative medicines to cooking, beverages, and cosmetics.

How can ginger help you lose more weight?

Ginger is most commonly known for its anti-inflammatory features but it’s no secret that ginger aids in weight loss. As a supplement or ingredient in your foods and drinks, ginger may help promote further weight loss on the HCG Diet.

  • Ginger contains two compounds, gingerols, and shogaols, proven to help stimulate metabolic activities in your body.
  • It’s a natural appetite suppressant and a very filling spice. Consuming a bit more of it will make you less likely to suffer from hunger pangs even when on calorie restrictions. This is what makes it helpful during the diet.
  • The anti-obesity effect of ginger helps speeds up digestions at the same time stabilize your blood sugar levels-all are vital for effective weight loss.

Other benefits of ginger

  1. Ginger soothes tired muscles

The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger help soothe tired muscles from exercise, cold weather, and exertion. It also reduced muscle pain and soreness. To help soothe tired muscles, mix two tablespoons of ground ginger with 1 cup Epsom salt, and 1 cup baking soda in a large bowl. Pour the mixture into hot running water and soak tired muscles for 15 minutes.

  • Reduce pain and stiffness due to osteoarthritis

When applied topically, ginger helps reduce pain and stiffness from osteoarthritis. It contains an anti-inflammatory compound that functions in the same way as COX-2 inhibitor drugs. To use ginger for arthritis, add a few tablespoons of ginger into your diet. You can grate ginger over your salad or make a ginger tea. Ginger oil can be used topically over the affected area. When you apply ginger oil to the skin, dilute it first with a carrier oil.

  • Lower cholesterol levels

A daily dose of ginger may help battle bad cholesterol levels in the body. High levels of LDL are linked with an increased risk of heart problems.

  • Ginger can treat chronic indigestion

Ginger has been shown to speed up emptying of the stomach among those with indigestion and stomach related problems. At the same time it relief intestinal tract constriction thereby reducing bloating and gas flatulence.

  • Ginger combats motion sickness

It’s highly effective against nausea without any loopy side effects. It’s not only effective against motion sickness it may be most effective when it comes to nausea during pregnancy.

  • Lowers blood sugar level

Ginger also plays a positive role in blood sugar management for people with type 2 diabetes. Using at least 4 grams of ginger a day can help lower blood sugar and regulate insulin production. All of which are vital for effective weight loss. When using in moderation, ginger can be an effective addition to your diabetes treatment.

  • Reduce menstrual pain

Ginger has long been known for its anti-inflammatory effects like other warming spices such as cayenne pepper and cumin. Recent studies have shown that ginger is specifically effective in naturally treating menstrual pain. The compound in the ginger prevents the production of prostaglandin, a chemical that triggers muscle contraction, thus reducing menstrual cramps and pain.

  • Fights infections

The bioactive substance in ginger known as gingerols can help lower the risk of infections. In fact, this spice can actually inhibit many types of bacterial growth including the RSV virus that causes respiratory infections.

Approved HCG Diet ginger recipes

P2 Ginger Dressing

What you need:

  • 4 tablespoons of fresh grated ginger
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • 8 tablespoons beef broth
  • 8 tablespoons Braggs Aminos
  • Stevia

What to do:

Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and whisk together.

Citrus-Ginger Dressing

What you need:

  • 1 fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lemon-lime
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon Braggs Aminos
  • 1 Stevia
  • Salt

What to do:

Simply combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix.

Stir Fry Chicken with Ginger

What you need:

  • 7 ounces of boneless chicken breast
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh grated ginger
  • 5 cups shredded cabbage
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon Chinese five spice
  • 2 stalks green onion
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons Braggs Aminos
  • 1 Stevia
  • Salt

What to do:

  1. Cut chicken breast into bite-size.
  2. In a small bowl, stir apple cider vinegar with Bragg’s Aminos and stevia then set aside.
  3. Heat the pan over medium heat then add chicken and sear for 1 minute on both sides. Add ginger and garlic until fragrant. Add onion, cabbage, hot sauce, five-spice, and sauce and cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until vegetables are cooked.
  4. Serve hot.

Carrot, Ginger, and Turmeric smoothie


  • ½ cup of carrot juice
  • 1 large ripe banana
  • ½ tablespoon ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Unsweetened almond milk
  • Stevia

What to do:

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth and creamy.

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  • Anonymous

    done a ginger with apple cider vinegar drink when I was doing some other diet years ago. is it okay to drink those now in P2?

  • Jan Marie Luna

    That a nice idea. You can take it in P2. Both are included in the allowed spices/condiments so adding them in water to drink is fine and will be counted as your water intake for the day.

  • Julia Owens

    Does the protocol allow only ginger that is fresh to be used?

  • Jan Marie Luna

    You can use fresh ginger, or dried ginger, depending with your choice. The manuscript is not specific on whether the spices need to be fresh. But if you do use processed spices, like dried ginger, or blended ones, do check the label that what you have hasn’t been blended with sugar or starch as this may spike your calories.

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