Ginger and its compounds perform a myriad of exciting functions within our bodies. Let’s take a look at how it functions and how you can use it in your everyday meals.
Because it acts as an antiemetic (aka: something that helps prevent vomiting,) ginger is traditionally used in cases of motion sickness, morning sickness, and post-surgical or because of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. Ginger has also been shown to speed up gastrointestinal emptying, so may be a potential treatment for chronic indigestion.
Ginger as a plant is closely related to turmeric, and like turmeric, also contains anti-inflammatory properties.
Often times, ginger is eaten in its fresh, dried, or powdered form. You can include more ginger into your healthy eating plan in the following ways:
Choose Liquid Hope as a healthy soup since one of the spices included is ginger! Heat one pouch of Liquid Hope on the stove until warm.
Take a "shot" of kale, celery, ginger, and lemon juice in the morning. This blend of food helps support the body's own detoxification pathways.
Include ginger in "torn apart" sushi salads. Form the base of your salad with a greens blend and sea vegetables (like wakame or nori), add red peppers, sesame seeds, and minced ginger. Create a dressing made with sesame seed oil, organic shoyu, and wasabi (if you’re feeling brave!)
Add grated ginger on top of your morning oatmeal or over top of baked apples
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