Updated: Sep 25, 2022
Ginger is high in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-microbial (helps kill bacteria). It also stimulates circulation which means it helps to cleanse and detoxify the blood, helps to lower cholesterol, may help to prevent heart attacks, relieves indigestion, excellent for nausea, vomiting and motion sickness, helps with constipation, helps with hot flashes, relieves headaches, reduces arthritic pain, and supports kidney health. Ginger is also high in potassium which makes it alkalizing, helping to reset the metabolism.
Here are some refreshing ways that I use ginger for it’s beneficial properties, and also as a great way to increase my hydration levels.
Ginger Iced Tea
Get a chunk of ginger, wash and peel it. (I use a big chunk because I really enjoy the spiciness of it). Then cut into 5 or 6 pieces.
Fill a pot with clean water. Add ginger to the pot. Bring the water to a boil, then turn off the heat and cover. I like to let it sit on the stove with the heat off all day so it becomes really strong. (Best to do this in the morning before you leave the house, so you can make a fresh drink to wind down your day.)
When water has cooled, strain the ginger water into a pitcher. Add a few drops of liquid stevia or liquid monkfruit if you wish for natural sweetness, and then squeeze some fresh lemon into the mixture (half to one whole lemon depending on your preference.) Make sure you use FRESH lemons and not from a bottle as it has chemicals added to it. Enjoy as a warm, anti-inflammatory, digestive tea!
Or, store in the fridge if you would like it nice and cold as an iced tea. Sometimes I like to add SPARKLING WATER and lime instead of lemon, and I call it ginger beer!! REFRESHING, HYDRATING, HEALTHY! Enjoy.
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