Ginger! Ginger has the reputation of a miracle worker, but why is it so good for the body and how does it work. As I wrote in my post Marathon mondays and Flu season on monday. Ginger Shots is an important ingredient on our nutrition list. We drink it almost all year round, but especially in Autumn we stock up a little extra on the magical Ginger shot. personally I drink between 2-3 shots a day during the autumn and winter months.
Anti-inflammatory and stimulating digestion
Ginger has been known and praised for its culinary and medicinal qualities for thousands of years
Studies have shown that ginger has an anti-inflammatory effect, which may be have an effect osteoarthritis and cardiovascular diseases. Other studies also show that Ginger contains active substances that have the same effect as pain killers.
And even if you suffer from nausea or motion sickness, ginger might also be able to help you. Some say that Ginger has been shown to have better effect than other drugs on these problems.
Ginger is stuffed with good qualities that boosts your immune system. To protect the immune system the best possible way, take ginger with lemon, honey and possibly turmeric and pepper. And this is where this Ginger Shot comes into the picture.
Lemon and Honey
Lemon: Lemon is a natural detoxifier and it´s packed with vitamin C. Lemon is strengthening the digestion and stimulates the production of digestive juices. Drinking Lemon the first thing in the morning is an excellent way to help your body to flush out the toxins that it has been working hard to eliminate during the night and keep the body more alkaline during the day.
Honey: it´s known to most of us that honey helps reducing cough and throat irritations. I´ve spoken to many people who does not want to eat honey due to it´s sugar levels. However, even though honey contains simple sugar it is NOT the same as white sugar or artificial sweeteners. Its exact combination of fructose and glucose actually helps the body regulate blood sugar levels. Honey contains enzymes that are bactericidal which can relieve a sore throat. But, the soothing enzymes dies at temperatures above 40 degrees. SO make sure that you cool down the Ginger shot to under 40 degrees before adding the honey, as described in the recipe.
Extra topping for extra goodness!
When you have made your Gingershot and it´s ready to drink you can add a bit of tumeric and Cayenne pepper to give your shot an extra health boost
Tumeric: Tumeric is somehow the ultimate spice! It has many great health benefits. Tumeric is from southeast Asia. It has been used for thousands of years in the Ayurvedic tradition where it is considered a herb that purified the entire body. One of its components is called curcumin. Curcumin is a very strong antioxidant and has potent anti-inflammatory effects.
Cayenne pepper: Cayenne Pepper is well-known as a digestive aid. It´s a metabolic booster and it increases circulation both around the heart and the rest of the body, and has detoxifying properties. Cayenne pepper is packed with beta carotene and antioxidants that supports the immune system and is therefore great to prevent a Flu!
This Ginger Shot gives you 2 liters og goodness and lasts for about one month in the fridge.
This recipe gives about 2 liters and lasts for about a month in the fridge
- 500 grams Organic Ginger
- 2 liter Clean Water
- 3-4 tbsp Organic Raw Honey
- 3-4 juice of lemons
Grate the Ginger roughly - Leave the peel on and put it into the water. Heat up the water, but NEVER above 60 degree for about 20 mins. (Do not boil as this will cause parts of the usefulness to disappear)
Place a sieve on a saucepan and pour the ginger and water through the sieve. Make sure to remove all the liquid from the ginger. throw away the used ginger.
Let the liquid cool down till 40 degrees and add the honey
Cool down to room temperature and add the lemon juice.
Pour the liquid through a sieve onto bottle and leave them in the fridge.
Do you like Ginger and Ginger Shots and do you use this or other recipes?
With Love and curiosity,