Ginger or ginger root is the rhizome of the plant Zingiber officinale, consumed as a delicacy,medicine, or spice. It lends its name to its genus and family (Zingiberaceae). Other notable members of this plant family are turmeric, cardamom, and galangal.
Ginger cultivation began in South Asia and has since spread to East Africa and the Caribbean.
- Regulate Blood Pressure: ginger supports healthy blood pressure by balancing minerals in your system. It increases your potassium intake and decreases sodium levels. A tablespoon of ground ginger provides 69 mg potassium.
- Reduce Inflammation and acts as a Painkiller: as an alkalizing food, ginger helps reduce inflammation in your body. Inflammation has been referred to as the silent killer, as it starts developing in our body without symptoms, until it degenerates in a mayor ailment or disease. Inflammation plays a role in several chronic diseases, including heart disease, arthritis, cancer and type 2 diabetes. Ginger has been also said to act as a natural painkiller. Ginger contains gingerols, a very potent anti-inflammatory compounds that may help people suffering from osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis to reduce their pain levels and improvements in their mobilitty.
- Nausea, Morning Sickness and Heartburn: research studies have found that ginger is just as effective as vitamin B6 in the treatment of morning sickness. It also helps reduce feelings of nausea related to motion sickness or after surgery. Ginger tea has been used as a natural remedy for heartburn or acid reflux. In a clinical study, ginger was shown to be far superior to Dramamine, a pharmaceutical over-the-counter and prescription drug for motion sickness. Ginger helps reduce all symptoms of motion sickness including dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and cold sweating.
- Ovarian and Colon Cancer: a study done at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center found that ginger powder induces cell death in all ovarian cancer cells to which it was applied. A different study conducted at the University of Minnesota found that ginger may slow the growth of colorectal cancer cells. Being an alkalizer, ginger may also help in the prevention of all cancers.
- Cold and Flu Prevention and Treatment Because of it’s antioxidant properties, ginger is widely used as a natural treatment for colds and flu, including stomach flu or food poisoning.
- Migraine Relief research studies have shown that ginger may provide migraine relief due to its ability to stop prostaglandins from causing pain and inflammation in blood vessels.
- Gastrointestinal Relief: ginger has been used as a natural remedy to relief symptoms of gastrointestinal distress. It helps eliminate intestinal gas, and soothes and cleanses the intestinal track.
This is another great cleanser, and is brilliant for helping the body to remove toxins. The subtle flavour of the ginger is just enough to balance out the garlic making this an incredibly refreshing tea.
Enjoy it either hot or cool (in summer)
Garlic & Ginger Tonic Tea
4 cloves of garlic, minced
4 chunks of root ginger, grated
1 lemon, juiced
a small dash of cayenne pepper
500ml of alkaline, ionized water (or normal water if you don’t have an ionizer)
Optional if transitioning to an alkaline diet: 1/2 teaspoon of honey
- Prepare all ingredients, and place them on a large mug/measuring jug/teapot
- Cover with just boiled water and infuse for 15-20 minutes
- Strain and drink!
Easy. Try experimenting with other ingredients too like mint, cumin seeds or grapefruit.
Note: honey, as a form of sugar is not alkaline, and can be acid forming to the body, so only use honey if you are starting out/transitioning to the alkaline diet. The tea is delicious without it too!
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