From all of the health information I have read the most important thing is that ginger been shown to reduce inflammation in the intestines As an anti inflammatory its important that I incorporate this into my diet.
So what is inflammation? I like Kriss Carr''s (of "Crazy Sexy Kitchen") explanation:
"Acute inflammation is your body’s natural and helpful immune response to tissue damage. When you fall off your bike, the cut swells, reddens and feels … inflamed! These are all signs that your immune system is busy at work sending white blood cells to the site of your injury to repair the tissue. In this situation, inflammation is our friend — we couldn’t live without it.
Chronic inflammation is your body’s confused and damaging immune response to a barrage of environmental, physical and mental invaders, which come in the form of things like poor diet, toxic chemicals and stress."
So if I can include ginger into my diet, I am doing one small thing to alleviate the inflammation in my intestines.
One of my favourite ways to do this is by making ginger tea. The cafe chain Leon got me onto this simple drink. It is great for keeping the common cold away, very beneficial for digestion and great for an upset tummy as well as being anti-inflammatory.
Now here is how to make the easiest ginger tea you’ll ever have. No need to buy tea bags from the supermarket.
You will need-
- Water – Approx. 1L
- Fresh Ginger – 1 stalk sliced
- Honey – to taste
- Lime Juice – to taste
- Peel the ginger and slice thinly as this will help give it more flavour.
- Boil the ginger in water for atleast 10 minutes or longer to suit your taste.
- Add lime and honey afterwards also to suit your taste
I also nclude ginger in some juices I make. Not too much though as it can burn your throat. Yes I'm talking from experience here. I like a ginger and lemon shot too. What ever you do don't sip it. Throw it down in one. Taken first thing in the morning it really helps the digestive tract. It soothes it. The lemon, reacts with the ginger, so it does not burn, but it is still a zingy wake up! Check out the recipe for this on Deliciously Ella.
Ginger can be added to stir fries, curries and soups for that extra zing!. Experiment!