Keep Calm and Eat Ginger.
Anyone who knows me well, can attest that I absolutely love Ginger! It’s my go-to for almost everything, especially at the first signs of a cold or upset stomach. The warm, slightly spicy root with a hint of sweetness, is the perfect wake up call in the morning or call to emergency when help is needed for stomach relief after an indulgent meal. Even more, ginger is wonderful for revving up that gut “fire” and increasing digestive integrity. Ginger, without a doubt, yields more bang-for-your-buck considering all of its amazing health properties.
History of Ginger
Benefits of Ginger
- Reduces Inflammation
- Aides Acid Reflux/GERD
- Improves Nutrient Absorption
- Reduces Motion Sickness
- Treats Migraines/Headaches
- Aides Morning Sickness (Krishan, 2011)
- Reduces Flatulence
- Clears sinuses & Helps Congestion
- Reduces Joint Pain & Arthritis (Khalsa & Tierra, 2008)
- Strengthens Immunity
- Regulates Circulation
- Aides Stomach Cramps
- Supports the Sex Drive…it’s an aphrodisiac (Krishan, 2011)
- Lowers Blood Sugar
- Treats Cardiovascular Conditions (Khalsa & Tierra, 2008)
- Aides in Treatment & Prevention of Ovarian + Prostate cancer (kills ovarian & prostate cancer cells similarly to or better than chemo and radiation with zero toxicity (University of Michigan, 2006)
4 ways to Consume Ginger…
- Ginger as Lemonade: Add ice to ginger tea, then add sweetener such as stevia, xylitol, honey, or maple syrup. Simply keep tea warm and forgo ice for the winter version. Heck, squeeze some lemon in there. Your liver will love you!
- Ginger in your Juice: Grate fresh ginger root right into your juicer or blender, along with carrots, apples and lemon juice.
- Ginger and Herb Rice: Cook basmati rice. Take the lid off the pan, quickly stir in finely chopped garlic, ginger, green chillies and fresh cilantro leaves. The effects of ginger are enhanced with the use of garlic. (Singh Khalsa, Tierra. 2008)
- Fresh Ginger and Honey Tea: (my favorite) Cut 2-4 inches of fresh ginger (remove skin) and simmer in hot water on the stove for 15 minutes, pour tea into mug, add 1-2 tsp of honey. You may also add cayenne or turmeric for additional detox and anti-inflammatory properties.