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Put a fire in your gut—the healing properties of ¡GINGER!

November 10, 2017

 

The weather outside isn't quite frightful, but as November gets chillier by the day, we thought it would be a fitting opportunity to discuss one of our favourite warming foods ==>

 

 ~¡¡Ginger!!~

 

....Ginger has been used in cooking for many years--especially in Asian an Indian cuisine. We use it daily in our kitchen at Sprout, because it's delicious of course... But did you know it's ALSO been used for thousands of years for medicinal purposes?! 

 

Check out the healing properties of ginger root [including: anti-inflammatory, digestion, pain, immunity, disease-prevention, anti-cancer): 

 

1. Anti-Inflammatory

Ginger---which belongs to the same plant family as turmeric--is highly anti-inflammatory and contains many potent antioxidants. 

 

We can help protect our bodies from disease and optimize our wellness and quality of life by: 

  • limiting inflammatory foods (i.e. refined sugars, dairy, fried foods, processed meats) and

  • eating more anti-inflammatory foods (besides ginger, other anti-inflammatory foods include leafy greens, fruits, nuts!)

 

 

2. Improves Digestion

Good digestion is a pillar of wellness in Ayurveda and Chinese medicine. 

  • Ginger improves nutrient absorption by stimulating digestive enzymes and increasing stomach acid. 

  • Ginger contains a protein digestive enzyme, which is particularly effective in preventing gas caused by protein-rich foods such as beans and legumes.

  • Ginger helps relax the smooth muscle in the lining of our intestines, helping to move food through your digestive tract and relieving bloating and constipation.

 

 

3. Pain Relief

  • Ginger's anti-inflammatory compounds may help to offset the inflammation caused by vigorous exercise!

  • Ginger is also used to reduce menstrual pain, when consumed at the beginning of the menstrual period.

 

4. Immune Boosting

  • Not only does it warm the body and improve circulation, ginger also cleanses our body’s lymphatic system, pushing out toxins that may accumulate. 

  • Ginger is also a powerful anti-bacterial. In a 2011 study by the Journal of Microbiology and Antimicrobials, ginger outperformed a conventional antibiotic.

 

5. Disease Prevention

  • Ginger has cholesterol-lowering and anti-blood-clotting effects. Therefore, consuming ginger could help reduce your risk of stroke and heart attack.

  • Several studies have also found that ginger has the ability to lower blood sugar levels and increase insulin sensitivity which could be particularly beneficial for people with diabetes. 

 

6. Anti-Cancer

Ginger has recently been studied for its anti-cancer properties.

 

  • In one study at University of Minnesota, ginger was found to inhibit the growth of colorectal cancer cells.

  • In another study, ginger was found to induce cell death in ovarian cancer cells.  

 

 

All of that said, we're off to go sip on some of these great products (listed below) ... They all feature ginger in their ingredient list!

 

You can find all these in Sprout!! ;)

 

  1. Moonshine Mamas elixirs - At the heart of this product is turmeric, ginger root, and freshly squeezed lemons, plus raw honey, pepper, and coconut oil (to help the curcumin--the active ingredient in turmeric--absorb, since it is fat soluble) -- 16 shots of goodness in every jar! --{read more @ http://www.moonshinemamas.ca/our-story/ }

  2. I Dream of Ginger tea - a very popular herbal infusion crafted by Lemon Lily Organic Tea made up of Organic Ginger, Organic Lemongrass, Organic Safflower, Organic Cinnamon -- warm your hands and your belly with a cup of this good stuff! --

  3. Ginger kombucha -Fermentation + ginger = double the digestive benefits 

  4. Smoothies!

    • Pink Power -(ginger), beet, lemon, banana, pear, almond milk 

    • Power Green -(ginger) spinach, romaine, celery, cucumber, parsley, mint, chia seeds, cinnamon, turmeric, banana, pear, coconut water 

    • Islander -(ginger) pineapple, mango, banana, orange, hemp seeds, turmeric, coconut water  

       

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