Ginger

 Photo credit: wiki-fitness

Photo credit: wiki-fitness

Do you ginger? If you don’t, you should. Ginger has many health benefits and is versatile to cook with. Everything from freshly grated ginger tea and fresh expressed ginger shots, to the most used dietary condiment in the world today.

Although ginger has many health benefits it is probably best known for calming a queasy stomach. The health benefits of ginger are largely due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Systemic inflammation is the root cause of most major illness such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes to name a few. Ginger may not only help reduce these risks, but also help fight the common cold or flu and much more. Please see Dr. Axe’s table below.

Dr. Axe Ginger.jpg

In addition the the health benefits of ginger, it really brightens up a recipe, savory or sweet. Candied ginger is amazing.

Storage

Store fresh, whole ginger in a plastic bag and refrigerate for longer storage. Personally, I leave my ginger on the counter unwrapped and break off knuckles as I go.

Preparation

Break off a knuckle or cut the amount of ginger you will be using. Use a veggie wash and thoroughly clean the ginger. A veggie brush is helpful as well. I don’t peel my ginger if I will be straining it, as in when I make tea or when I am juicing it to make shots. Peel the skin and do what you will! Slice, grate, crush.

Please click here for my ginger tea and other beverage and food recipes.

Thank you for reading my blog.

-Dawn Swope CHHC, AADP

NOTE: IT IS IMPORTANT TO CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN BEFORE BEGINNING ANY NEW EATING OR EXERCISE PROGRAM. THESE STATEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN EVALUATED BY THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION.

THIS IS NOT INTENDED TO DIAGNOSE, TREAT, CURE, OR PREVENT ANY DISEASE.