Ginger is a spice used for strong, aromatic, spicy and slightly sweet flavor and health benefits.
Ginger is a root that looks similar to a tree brand with all it’s “nooks and crannies”, it has a light yellow/golden peel with a yellow/white flesh inside. Ginger also may be seen in red/brown skinned roots. Ginger has been used for centuries for its digestive relief especially with morning sickness in pregnant women. Fresh ginger root is great as part of the Stripped Green Smoothie or Stripped Green Juice for adding digestive benefits and for the “heat”.
How to Use:
Fresh ginger root is great used in teas, recipes, baked goods, desserts, smoothies, juices, Asian and Indian cuisines, and especially great to use when you have an upset stomach.
Health Benefits of Ginger:
- Gastrointestinal/overall digestive relief. Ginger is great for stimulating digestion and helping aid in digestion, but also ginger has been shown to help prevent and decrease motion sickness, morning sickness, nausea, vomiting, and seasickness.
- Ginger is a safe alternative to prescription medications for pregnant women who are experiencing nausea or morning sickness.
- Ginger relaxes and soothes the digestive tract which makes it great for de-bloating our intestines of excess gas.
- Supports the immune system by warming us up from the inside out, sweating has been found to be helpful with colds and flu’s.
- Supports ongoing detoxification-as I noted earlier I love using ginger for the “heat”, that same heat/warming effect from ginger makes us sweat. Sweating through our largest detoxification organ, our skin is a great way to aid in our detoxification.
- Protects from certain types of cancers due to anti-inflammatory compounds (gingerols), especially with ovarian and colon cancers.
- Contains potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols, which has been shown to help fight inflammation with diseases such as arthritis, muscular pain or swelling, and joint pain.
Where to Purchase:
Health food stores, grocery stores, or farmers markets
Tips and Tricks:
Use a spoon to peel the ginger root without wasting the precious ginger flesh.
McKel’s Anti-inflammatory Tea: 1/2 inch fresh ginger root + 1 cup boiling water + 1 tablespoon honey + 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder + 1/4-1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon + juice of 1 lemon. Allow steeping for at least 15 minutes.