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Ginger

on February 5, 2014

Ginger the spice, not the movie star stranded on Gilligan’s Island ;), should be in your arsenal of spices.  Spices should be promoted just as much as vegetables and legumes… Probably more!  Spices should  be incorporated in our children’s foods as early as baby’s first foods, 4 – 6 months. 

Ginger has been used for thousands of years for a variety of medicinal purposes, from gastrointestinal issues to arthritis to migraines.   Why does the good old USA turn to toxic over the counter meds and prescription meds that have as many side effects as healing properties? Yes, it is quite the billion dollar business – be wary what is preached to you about common medications because business is after all, about MONEY!

Ginger is used to help ease nausea of all kinds including motion sickness to morning sickness to common indigestion and heartburn.  Ginger lowers the blood levels of vasopressin, a key hormone that plays a role in the nausea in motion sickness.  Ginger also keep the electrical activity in the stomach stable as opposed to it being chaotic in the nauseous state.  

Ginger can also prevent and treat arthritis because it contains very potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols. These substances are believed to explain why people with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis experience reductions in their pain levels and improvements in their mobility when they consume ginger regularly.  

Gingerols also inhibit the growth of colorectal cancer cells, induce cell death in ovarian cancer cells, and many other cancers.

Ginger has immune boosting properties promoting a healthy sweat that helps in detoxification.  Sweat contains a potent germ-fighting agent that may helps off infections. The protein produced is named dermicidin which is manufactured in the body’s sweat glands, secreted into the sweat, and transported to the skin’s surface where it provides protection against invading microorganisms.  

Ginger can have dramatic effects of cardiovascular health including stroke prevention, helping poor circulation, preventing blood from clotting excessively, preventing atherosclerosis, lowering cholesterol levels, and preventing the oxidation of low density lipoprotein (LDL) which is what causes the development of plaque build up.

Ginger enhances bronchodilation, opening and relaxing airways.  When added with asthma medication, ginger compounds its effects.

Ginger Tea – Simply cut a few small pieces of fresh ginger with skin removed and add to boiling water.  Optional, add a teaspoon of raw honey, a pinch of cinnamon and turmeric.  Super beneficial, therapeutic and soothing.

 

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