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November 16, 2019

What’s up, guys? Jeff Cavaliere, So, they say “An apple a day keeps the doctor
away”. But that’s not what my recommendation is
here. I am going to show you today a food that I
believe you should try to incorporate every, single day into your diet. Especially as it relates to your ability to
see consistent muscle gains in two mechanisms. Number one: by decreasing the soreness you
experience in your workouts from day to day, workout to workout. Number two: by keeping you healthier. Boosting your immunity so you can actually
stay in the gym more consistently. Instead of registering all those off days
because you’re sick. What I’m talking about here is not an apple,
but ginger. This is a shaved ginger. This is pickled ginger. They shave the root and put it in a vinegar
brine, and they soak it. This is what you’d be familiar with. This is a little bit white, but you can see
the pink stuff you get when you go for sushi. This is so powerful that I’m now a big believer
in it. I’ve actually incorporated this every, single
morning into my breakfast. I put it on my egg whites. I know that sounds a little bit gross, but
I promise you, it’s actually really, really good. It’s not a great taste for some people. It’s an acquired taste because it is a little
bitter. But if you can stomach it – well, the good
news is, your stomach will thank you too because what it does is also helps with digestion,
helps with nausea, and you go back to mom’s old recommendation to have ginger ale when
you’re not feeling good. Well, I can tell you this; there’s really
not that much ginger in ginger ale. So, it’s not going to do a damn for helping
you feel less nauseous. But she had good intentions. Let’s just leave it at that. I will also recommend that you don’t eat
the candied form of ginger. Again, you’re basically taking something
that’s good and making it really bad because you’re getting less and less ginger, and
you’re getting more and more sugar and all the things that aren’t going to help you
with what we’re trying to do. But when it comes to the gym, one of the most
important properties of ginger is its ability to help with inflammation and delayed onset
muscle soreness. So now, look at the scenario that we face
these days. We have a lot of guys preaching ‘volume,
volume, volume’, less eccentric training, less induced muscle damage because that’s
going to prevent you from being able to get back to the gym and train again. And it’s going to cut down the number of
sessions you’re going to log over the course of a year because you’re delayed onset muscle
soreness is interfering with your ability to perform. So that makes sense, but if you had a way
to control your muscle soreness and still be able to train at a high intensity level
– and yes, include some induced muscle damage from eccentric training – and take care
of a lot of that delayed onset muscle soreness because you’ve taken just a little bit of
ginger; it only takes about that much a day. A little pinch of ginger every day. I think that gives you all new options for
attacking this. So, what I’m recommending is to figure out
a way that you can get some pickled ginger and incorporate it in some place in your meals
every, single day. Not just beside that. We talked about the other obvious benefits. We talked about the benefits for digestion. We talked about the benefits of just using
some acknowledgment. We also know that it can decrease your cholesterol
and it’s also shown to help with suppression of appetite. So, if you’re having difficulties getting
a hold on the amount of food that you’re eating in a day, and it’s still a challenge,
and you’re still having issues with your weight; maybe incorporating some ginger here
will help to suppress your appetite. Or at least control your appetite between
meals to allow you to be a little more routine. We always talk about it, guys. Consistency with a nutrition plan is the number
one requirement. Also, you’ve got to like what you’re eating. So, if you really, really hate ginger, maybe
this video is not for you. But if you give it a try there will be a lot
of benefits that are going to carry over and help your overall workout plan. Not just from workout within on workout, but
from day to day, week to week consistency. We’ve preached that all the time here, guys. Not just with your nutrition, but it’s with
your ability to show up at the gym. This is going to help you do that. Guys, I hope you’ve found the video helpful. If you’re looking for a complete day by
day plan that expects you to show up when you’re supposed to show up to get the workout
in; that’s all laid out over at In the meantime, if you’ve found the video
helpful leave your comments and thumbs up below. Let me know if you’re going to go out and
get some ginger yourself. You’d better start stocking up, guys, because
with the amount of people that tend to watch our videos, I have a feeling that ginger consumption
is going to go up a little bit. All right, I’ll talk to you soon. See you.


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  • Reply G Wang January 17, 2019 at 9:48 am

    While I believe what Jeff says about ginger, I can't stand its taste.

    Would ginger capsules be a good substitute?

  • Reply Big_Tex January 19, 2019 at 12:08 am

    In other news, Jeff Cavalier recently named as US distributor for Kagoshima Prefecture Pickled Ginger Concern.

  • Reply Stalin Of Rivia January 21, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    Ginger, fresh garlic, turmeric and fish oil. You'll need less than half as many rest days with these.

  • Reply Carlos Galindo January 23, 2019 at 3:04 am

    Neat. Nice nutritional advice

  • Reply Joshua Medina January 24, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    Does it have to be pickled can it be just regular ginger root

  • Reply mrfizzlebutt January 25, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    Are there any published studies on this? The reason I ask is because I checked a little bit on Google just now and WebMD says that it has no efficacy for muscle soreness. I don't know if they're referring to delayed onset muscle soreness or just soreness directly after working out. I believe it's the latter but I'm trying to sure.

  • Reply crostermiller January 27, 2019 at 2:39 am

    What about ginger powder?

  • Reply Martin Sólyom January 27, 2019 at 10:57 pm

    try it with green or black tea

  • Reply Glitch January 30, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    Hey Jeff, Does it need to be peeled ginger or can I add powdered ginger?

  • Reply Gordon Ramsay January 31, 2019 at 3:53 am

    Is dyed pickled ginger OK or are there ingredients in the dye that I should avoid

  • Reply Rev GC February 1, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    Nope. Love the taste. But it effects me in the opposite ways… Nausea and all, even in small undetectable amounts… But then, I have come to realise that plant based foods are largely a lot unhealthier than some would have you believe…
    This from a 15 year vegan… reformed now, I hardly even touch vege and never eat grains as our very short colon can not handle it. This has resulted in losing all the health issues like skin problems, fatigue, pain, low moods, inflammation and gut issues. I'm not even lifting and am packing on the muscle mass, that I couldn't retain on plant based foods, just from increasing healthy fats and proteins.

  • Reply Alexandar Dobrev February 1, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    im using ginger a bit more than half a year and i can approve that its good for the body!
    My recipe is for DRINKING it
    500 grams of ginger- we take out the juice
    1-2 lemons
    about 1 liter of water
    mix that and drink it during the day (i finish it usualy at lunch time)
    its improving digestion, inflamation, helping your stomach "walls" become more strong, boosting your metabolism, provides energy (good replacement of coffe for me, wakes me up in the morning but more slowly)
    you can add a tablespoon of Honey if its too spicy

  • Reply Shawn Spears February 1, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    @Jeff Cavaliere what brand of pickled ginger do you recommend? Seems like every ginger I have looked at has added sugar in it.

  • Reply Ahmad Farzad February 1, 2019 at 11:37 pm

    Only pickled? Raw or cooked okay? Steamed?

  • Reply Brad B February 2, 2019 at 11:49 am

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  • Reply josh vyrostek February 2, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    Thanks Jeff, I'm going to start eating Ginger every day, I actually like it but didn't realize its health benefits beyond a gastric aid.

  • Reply Rekieg February 3, 2019 at 1:33 am

    No ginger with Maniac as it causes mf alergies

  • Reply Floofy February 3, 2019 at 9:42 am

    wow this is really helpful. My fiance actually struggles with high cholesterol and we have epic muscle soreness after legs each time

  • Reply Carolin Evers February 4, 2019 at 6:57 am

    So does it still have the same effect if I put fresh ginger in my meal and cook it with the rest or do the benefits get lost when I cook it.?

  • Reply Oh hi there February 6, 2019 at 7:04 am

    I have never ever seen an elastic condom-like ginger. Real ginger is a hard root, not something flubbery.

  • Reply Abdelmelik Farooq Alwahid February 6, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    Just let it soak in a green tea. Add lemon, honey and turmeric and then eat the ginger straight. It’ll taste much better and the tea will taste better.

  • Reply Rriggs February 6, 2019 at 2:30 pm

    its not restricted to pickle ginger right?

  • Reply Kevin Hernandez February 6, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    where do you buy ginger with no sugar?

  • Reply lol February 7, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    Really late to the game with this one, but is the amount of sugar in pickled ginger a concern here?

  • Reply S Ceballos February 8, 2019 at 8:57 am

    I do a ginger, garlic, and royal jelly tea every day and eat the small slices once im done. I've noticed you can squeeze a lemon or lime with ginger and it makes it a bit more palatable if you dislike its taste.

  • Reply Jesse Robinson February 8, 2019 at 9:16 am

    Is kiwi fruit a super food?

  • Reply deandra marshall February 8, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    LOL I thought the thumbnail what's chitterlings

  • Reply Jonathan Béaz February 9, 2019 at 4:21 am

    Can you get the same benefits drinking ginger root tea?

  • Reply T I February 10, 2019 at 3:44 am

    Total bogus. Drink raw eggs and raw meat from good sources (grass-fed, pastured, organic, etc)

  • Reply Heather Kraftcop February 10, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    I’ve been using ginger for years for too many health benefits to list here. I learned a new one today about limiting muscle soreness. I actually purchase the non-alcohol version of liquid ginger extract and put it in a warm, non-caffeinated herbal tea each night with hydrolyzed collagen powder, d-ribose and some vitamin C (I don’t put the C in my drink but I do take it with it because it is needed with the collagen). I love the stuff.

    And if you ever get a hold of some bad food, a triple shot of that ginger in a warm drink, as soon as possible, can work some real wonders. A little hard going down because it is so strong, but I’d rather that than the awful, lingering sickness of foodborne illness.

  • Reply Frankie Marchese February 11, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    I eat ginger and garlic everyday, havent been sick in over 5+ years (knock on wood.)

  • Reply Colton Ernst February 19, 2019 at 5:46 am

    I for one can’t stand the taste of ginger so I started taking ginger root extract pills every day, would this have the same effect? I would assume so but correct me if I’m wrong

  • Reply Kesiana Zh February 24, 2019 at 2:09 am

    This is some great news to me because I recently found that I really love the taste of pickled ginger, I can eat a small bowl just I one sitting, even though I try not to. It gets a bit spicy too so I like it even more.

  • Reply Xander Cruz March 4, 2019 at 7:53 am

    If you dont like the taste just cut it into small pieces and swallow them whole while washing them down with some water.

  • Reply Dammeion Clark March 7, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    Starting tomorrow I am adding pickled ginger to my diet. Will let you know how it works out for me.

  • Reply lucius fox March 7, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    The pickled ginger I purchased from the super market had a cancer and reproductive warning label on it. :/

  • Reply Dwaine Higgins March 10, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    Jeff has his wallet lined by the big ginger industry. More powerful then the NRA by far ?

  • Reply Roderick Ram March 12, 2019 at 5:47 am

    Great video on ginger. I have been eating it consistently for 6 months and I cant live without it ..I'm in the gym 6..7 says a week I'm 49 years old and I think my recovery time is helped by eating ginger

  • Reply almond1915 March 13, 2019 at 11:32 am

    What about ginger paste? You can buy it in a tube is this just as good?

  • Reply Johnie Blaze March 18, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    I would love to hear your personal stories, on YOUR level of training, how it helped YOU, actually!

  • Reply Ashwin Mohan March 19, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    Hi Jeff, what do you feel about powdered ginger?

  • Reply The Most Interesting Man in Hyrule March 24, 2019 at 11:06 pm

    I shave/chop up fresh ginger once to twice a day, kept raw, added to my egg white omelettes. I LOVE ginger

  • Reply Frank Jonen March 25, 2019 at 4:23 am

    Some pickled ginger is really crap, at least where I get my food it is. Before you diss it for good, buy a root, shave off the peel (thin, not like TV chefs do it), slice it and try that. If it's overly stringy put it in a blender and eat it with a spoon. It's also fairly easy to make your own pickled ginger in larger quantities for very little money that way.

  • Reply Craig Ross March 25, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    Curry is loaded with it. Proper British curry: a load of garlic and ginger. Much of the heat comes from ginger. Asian shops will sell you an emulsion of ginger and garlic which you can whack straight into curries.

  • Reply Concrete Queen March 26, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    Does it have to be pickled though? Can I eat it fresh?

  • Reply Mateo DeGracia March 29, 2019 at 4:02 am

    I love ginger

  • Reply chad connors March 31, 2019 at 11:03 pm

    Jeff, do you recommend ginger at every meal or just one meal a day?

  • Reply Luca Bianchini April 1, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    Does dried sugar free ginger work as well?

  • Reply roadhouse699 April 5, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    Jokes about eating out readhead chicks intensify

  • Reply Ironic Maiden April 6, 2019 at 9:33 am

    I just got a jar of pickled ginger today, I'm excited to see how much that'll help

  • Reply realSammyPasta April 8, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    What about ginger tea? I dislike ginger but I am okay with ginger tea

  • Reply Marcello Capone April 12, 2019 at 5:20 pm

    Search here on Youtube on how to make homemade Pickle Ginger since practically every store bought jar you can get contains aspartame. It's pretty simple to make.

  • Reply Norbert Falkenberg April 14, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    I love pickled Ginger.

  • Reply xXMyDivineXx April 30, 2019 at 6:27 am

    So whats the second best food for DOMS if I'm allergic to ginger??? >_<

  • Reply Sarah Beschler April 30, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    I loooove pickled ginger. Now I have good excuse to eat it! I suffer from fibromyalgia but love to stay active. There are a lot of days my body doesn't like to let me stand, let alone do the things I want to do. It's easy for me to overdo it too. I'm going to stop at the store before work today and get a jar. I'm super excited about this!

  • Reply Hey Buddy! May 3, 2019 at 12:23 am

    Banging! I put a lump of ginger in my preworkout smoothie just for flav! little did i know i was also putting a lump of science in my strength!

  • Reply Mountain bike Geek May 3, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    I make iced green tea and put ginger in it and raw honey. Great healthy drink.

  • Reply Silly Lilly May 5, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    Does ginger tea work too?

  • Reply balluse May 6, 2019 at 7:56 am

    Would be awesome if you included links to the studies. Ginger is so often quoted as a miracle food by pseudo-scientific sources, so I think you would be wise to include sources so that no one will take you for a quack 😉

  • Reply Jon Do May 6, 2019 at 8:32 am

    ginger and cinnamon in oats

  • Reply leonard May 6, 2019 at 11:50 am

    I had a ginger once.she was too bi polar

  • Reply Adam Emmar May 7, 2019 at 5:40 am

    where can i buy this ginger? i cant find it can anyone link me a good ginger that is not candy

  • Reply billy the boxer , May 9, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    I drink ginger everyday with lemon and honey does that count?

  • Reply centpushups May 14, 2019 at 11:10 pm

    Try ginger vinegrette.
    White vinegar
    Dijon mustard
    Olive oil

    Just add it to taste. Also salt and pepper.

  • Reply M L May 16, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    Seriously, who likes ginger here? It's disgusting.

  • Reply earthninja777 May 20, 2019 at 7:27 am

    Will cherry juice help a little bit

  • Reply BobFahrer May 26, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    I love that stuff. But some sort of a recipe would be awesome. Most of the industrial pickled ginger contains a lot of sugar, at least where I am living. Also, most recipes use sugar, syrup, mirin (also sugar).
    Don't get me wrong, please. But a lot of your food suggestions could need a recipe. Even if I want to cook the meals you are mentioning in your meal plan, I have to search for a healthy version. Most of them need sugar, butter/additional fat. it would be just more convenient if you could offer an easy (doesn't has to be perfect) recipe.

    I wish I could help you do that. I still enjoy your videos a lot and will still watch them.

  • Reply KiD KoOpa May 28, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    Ginger supplement extract?
    Ive been taking tumeric/curcumin and astragalus in supplement form for the last year or so and my muscles have never experienced any lasting soreness after intense work outs.

  • Reply gb godofwar June 15, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    Why do you look and sound like a buff Ross from friends?

  • Reply Leah Rosenberg June 22, 2019 at 2:13 am

    You look like handsome Squidward

  • Reply PROX SNIPEZ June 25, 2019 at 5:05 am

    Pickled ginger is sooooo good I could eat a whole jar

  • Reply Brady Stutes June 29, 2019 at 3:37 am

    I love juicing with ginger. is it just as good juicing an inch of the root then it is pickled??

  • Reply William July 2, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    I put ginger in oatmeal and protein shakes too!

  • Reply Luis Cañamar - MediaBros July 3, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    I struggle with nausea almost every day in the gym. This could help.

  • Reply Jeremy Zampirollo July 8, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    3 Brazil nuts with pickled ginger every morning so having it on eggs doesn't seem weird to me, you start to learn to love the taste

  • Reply newguy2878 July 10, 2019 at 1:22 am

    I am on the road for my work so I can't use the pickled ginger because it has to be refrigerator after opening. Does the powdered ginger work just as well? Or can you tell me a good alternative to the pickled

  • Reply Zachary Maloney July 10, 2019 at 1:22 am

    Thats weird, watching this video, I work out almost every day weather its riding my bike to work or doing constant push ups and my muscles never get soar, or hurt. maybe its just because I dont think about it? or maybe im just not working out as hard as I should be.

  • Reply Bristol bull terrier. July 12, 2019 at 10:20 am

    I take CBD oil after training, less muscle soreness now.

  • Reply Ankush L July 12, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    I almost thought you were going to recommend some insect, that's how it looked in the thumbnail

  • Reply 16 subs without a single video July 13, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    The ginger that you're holding up ihas been boiled in vinegar with a lot of sugar

  • Reply Yankzy July 15, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    Does it have to be eaten or with something. Can it be a healthy drink aswell? Or mixed in a drink? And do you eat it raw like thar strip you had?

  • Reply Baby Shark July 18, 2019 at 8:58 am

    I use ginger powder everyday while cooking my meats, is that the same ?

  • Reply H. July 19, 2019 at 7:31 am

    is there any point in ther ginger being pickled??

  • Reply Joshua Guerrero August 8, 2019 at 11:12 pm

    does ginger tea work?

  • Reply BassistGuy August 16, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    I have been trying out Ginger Tea in the morning after watching this video (I take ginger root, peal it and cut it up in to thin slices and boil it for about 15 to 20 minutes). I have noticed a few things: it wakes me up in the morning, makes me not hungry between meals/snacks, and believe it or not, has been helping with times when I get muscle soreness. I have high cholesterol as well, so hopefully my next blood work will show my cholesterol has lowered. I might eventually try it ground up in a shake, but for now, tea is good enough for me.

  • Reply Jay Lakke August 17, 2019 at 5:12 am

    jeff cavaliere… more like CHEF cavaliere

  • Reply Robert Rädisch August 18, 2019 at 12:08 pm

    Ginger is ok, but is there something that will force me to eat more? After few hypercaloric days, my body lose appetite and it is hard to get into myself even 2500 kcal (81kg/194 cm)… I know I need to pump those number way up…

  • Reply Joseph B August 19, 2019 at 11:50 am

    Damn they give that stuff out for free all over Japan I'm bouta get yuge

  • Reply ktspree13 August 26, 2019 at 3:41 am

    @athlean-x All the pickled ginger I find has sugar and salt in it. Any you can recommend without these ingredients??

  • Reply Gaibriel Simpson September 16, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    I boil chopped ginger and make a tea out of it, I then eat the ginger after I boil it.

  • Reply trombonemunroe September 20, 2019 at 12:12 am

    Fresh ginger is great in things like meat & veggie stir-fry, or combine it with soy sauce and garlic as a marinade for chicken, beef, or pork for the barbecue and in the oven! You can even use it as a marinade for pan-fried or oven-baked fish! Terrific energy booster, and hugely flavourful!

  • Reply jenny more September 20, 2019 at 1:57 am

    When he said “shaved ginger” I got a painful woody.

  • Reply Tyler September 23, 2019 at 11:14 pm

    I ordered some pickled ginger on amazon. Lets see how this goes

  • Reply Dat ninja Crazy September 25, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    Raw garlic also helps with inflammation it’s a natural antibiotic also regulates blood pressure and is great for digestion I would incorporate ginger with it as well

  • Reply Ryan September 30, 2019 at 3:07 am

    is ground ginger root as good?

  • Reply Dens Neilands October 20, 2019 at 10:14 am

    Hello !
    Why caned ginger is worse then normal ?

  • Reply Microbakery November 8, 2019 at 3:42 am

    Does ginger retain the said essential nutritional properties after being cooked (with food as spice)?

  • Reply psolo3 November 11, 2019 at 9:44 pm

    What about ginger powder? Do I get the same benefits?

  • Reply Gloria Saldivar November 12, 2019 at 10:35 pm

    I was drinking ginger for my digestion since I was having stomach problems. I would run jog a lot too and my knees were hurting like crazy; I noticed ginger make the pain go away and inflammation decreased by a lot.

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