Now we’re into the flu-fighting season, it’s worth looking at extra steps we can be taken to make sure our immune systems are as fit and healthy as we’d like to be! This blog will tell you the benefits of ginger and how to make your morning ginger shot.
Ginger is one of the most popular condiments in the world, and you’re probably most familiar with ginger for when it is used to add a spicy kick and distinct flavour to cooking. However, there is so much more to Ginger than just an added spice to your culinary dishes. There are tons of health benefits to the zingy pice, and we’re going to explore them all for you below…
Ginger shots and the benefits
Ginger shots are small shots of raw juice that are made from fresh, concentrated ginger root. They may look like a small amount of liquid to consume, but these can be super powerful! They are also not just a health and wellness fad: ginger elixirs have been used for thousands of years to treat nausea, colds, arthritis, and to continually build up that immune system!
Gingerol is the main bioactive compound in ginger, which is the key to why ginger shots have many health benefits. The fresher the ginger, the more gingerol can be found, as dried ginger doesn’t have as many natural oils in it’s root due to going through a drying process. So if you’re looking for a way to get all of the benefits ginger has to offer, make sure you use fresh ginger!
The reason ginger shots have become so popular is due to ginger being quite tricky to incorporate into a daily diet, as it’s not always the most versatile spice. However, by consuming a ginger shot, all the health benefits of gingerols are concentrated in one quick sip.
Science-backed reasons why ginger is brilliant for health
It’s a powerful antioxidant
In addition to gingerol, ginger contains paradols, sesquiterpenes, shogaols, and zingerone which have antioxidant properties. This means that ginger can help protect the bodies cells from damage caused by free radicals. When you have antioxidants in your system, they can help get rid of toxins and keep your body healthier overall.
It has anti-inflammatory properties
The key property – Gingerol – has many potent anti-inflammatory properties, which help combat swelling to the body, joint and muscle pain, and even osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, so you could say ginger has the powers to ease pains among bones, too. To summarise this benefit, ginger can essentially help keep things moving smoothly throughout the joints and structure part of the body.
It’s great for sickness
Pregnancy sickness? Feeling nauseous? Ginger is a well-known natural treatment for any upset stomachs, and many different types of nausea—you’ll find ginger has been used in many hangover remedies! You’ll find pregnant ladies swear by chewing on raw ginger to keep sickness at bay. However some turn to ginger in the form of a biscuit instead. Of course, it’s each to their own, but the rawest form will always have the best health effects (like ginger shots!)
It can help fight some cancers
Some research has shown that gingerol may help protect against certain cancers such as breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, and ovarian cancer. The reason for this is due to the high levels of antioxidants that ginger contains. As it’s safe to consume and natural, it’s always worth a try.
It can help to improve heart health
Ginger may have long-term health benefits that improve cardiovascular health. What you consume as part of your daily diet shapes the health of your heart. Some studies have shown that people who included more ginger in their diet had a lower chance of developing chronic heart disease. The same can also be said for high blood pressure, too.
It may aid digestion problems
Chronic digestion pains can massively affect your daily life, and one of the reasons for the pain is believed to be due to a delay in the emptying of the stomach. A study across healthy individuals showed that ginger helped speed up gastric emptying, which may ease the pains for those who suffer bowel and ‘down below’ pains.
It can ease PMS
There’s nothing more frustrating than suffering from menstrual cramps. Some people can suffer really badly, which can affect moods and activeness for many young women. A study revealed that ginger can be as effective as ibuprofen and other common pain relief when it comes to relieving pain in women.
How to make a morning ginger shot
The best way to make a ginger shot that doesn’t taste too sharp and can actually be enjoyed is to muddle with two types of fruit that work well with the ginger. Here, we’re using apples and lemons…
2-inch piece of ginger root (about 5cm)
2-inch piece of turmeric root (about 5 cm)
- Wash all the ingredients and peel them if they’re not organic.
- Chop the ingredients and put everything through the juicer.
- Blend until completely liquidised, and pour into small shot style glasses/cups
It’s great to get into the habit of consuming ginger shot first thing every morning, before making your breakfast. This is to quickly get the nutrients into your system on an empty stomach, which is also one of the most effective times for your body to absorb the goodness.
If you need some warming breakfast inspiration too, be sure to check out our winter recipe recommendations here.
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