To jump-start my digestive system in the mornings, I’ll drink a mixture of hot water, ginger, lemon, and mint leaves. Also, very good for the skin. Ginger is a frequent product in my grocery cart and the juices created @TheFruitStandLA. It is a multipurpose herb great for broths, detoxes, weight loss, soups, rice dishes, teas, fruit bowls, and so much more. It comes in many forms, such as an extracted supplement (in photo), powder, or buying the root as is. Although ginger is beneficial year-round, we are quickly approaching cold & flu weather, not to mention COVID, it’s wise to prepare with healing foods.
Ginger root is an herb shown to exert significant benefits in disease prevention and health concerns. Inflammation is a key factor in diabetes, obesity, and weight loss concerns. Ginger contains very potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols. Gingerols inhibit the formation of inflammatory cytokines, chemical messengers of the immune system. Proven to be helpful in a variety of pain relief, joint mobility, swelling, and morning stiffness.
It acts as an antioxidant lowering cholesterol and inhibiting platelet aggregation.
Ginger works on motion sickness and nausea by slowing the feedback interaction between the stomach and the nausea center in the brain by absorbing and neutralizing gastrointestinal hormones, toxins, and acids.
When detoxing, ginger acts as a bitter stimulating sluggish digestion. Bitters are not meant to serve as a lifelong replacement for normal digestive tract function, but they can be helpful in the short term for jump-starting digestive flow. As a classic digestive tonic, it has several benefits for muscles, improving bile flow, helping digest fats, and lessening the rise of inflammation along the lining of the intestines. Ginger is an excellent carminative (a substance that promotes the elimination of intestinal gas) releasing and soothing the intestinal tract.
Ginger as Medicine, Recommendations, & More
Body System Supported: Digestive, Immune, Circulatory, & Respiratory
Disease Support & Prevention: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), Cardiovascular Disease, Obesity, & Diabetes
Signature Juices @TheFruitStandLA w/Ginger: Digestive 1 (Apple, Lemon, Ginger, Cabbage), Happy (Watermelon, Ginger, Strawberries, Pineapple), Flu Shot (Ginger, Grapefruit, & Honey). Check out our Anti-Inflammatory or Detox Juice Packages.
Extraction Supplement Recommended Dosage: 10-50 drops, 1-4 x per day, always consult with your herbalist, nutritionist, or physician.
Storing Recommendations: Organic is always the recommendation. Can be stored for up to 3 weeks if unpeeled. The dried ginger powder should be kept in a tightly sealed glass container in a cool, dark, dry place for no more than 6 months.
Cooking Tips: if added @ the beginning it will create a subtler taste, if added @ the end it will be more pungent
Add to a natural Arnold palmer recipe
Add to rice dishes
Add to homemade salad dressing
Grate it and add to maple syrup for sweet potatoes/pancakes, fruit bowls, or matcha/acai bowls
Add to vegetables for stir-frying
Cinnamon Tea Recipe:
1-inch slice of ginger
¼ tsp cinnamon
1 cup hot water
* For best results: If you own a juice extractor juice the ginger and lemon and add them to the hot water. If not, grind the ginger and squeeze the juice from the lemon and then add them to the water.