Immune Boosting Tonic
With another cold and flu season upon us, it’s important to stay at the top of our health and boost our immune system. In addition to getting good rest and avoiding refined sugar, you can give your body an added benefit by trying this energizing, stimulating immune-boosting tonic!
Makes 2 cups
- 2 cups of water
- 2 garlic cloves, lightly crushed (just enough to open them a little)
- 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 – 1 x inch chopped ginger slice
- ⅛ teaspoon of cayenne pepper
- Maple syrup or honey, to taste
- Bring the water to a boil in a small saucepan.
- When the water comes to a boil, turn off the heat and add all ingredients except maple syrup or honey. Cover and let steep for 5 minutes.
- Finally, strain the infused tonic into two cups and sweeten with maple syrup or honey to taste.
- Enjoy warm, and feel better!
The benefits of ginger
Since Antiquity, the countries of the Orient know and consume ginger in different forms, whether cooked, raw, confit, in infusion, fresh juice, powder, essential oil, etc. In any case, it is the rhizome that we eat, to enjoy the many benefits of the plant. Slightly sweet, fresh, a little spicy, it enhances dishes and perfumes pastries.
Although ginger is often known for its aphrodisiac properties and its culinary use around the world, ginger is also a classic of traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. It has a thousand and one medicinal virtues. It is antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antiparasitic and its warming effect will stimulate blood circulation to your extremities.
The different approaches to alternative and contemporary medicine recognize the benefits of ginger rhizome and have incorporated it as an active ingredient in dietary supplements and other products such as dried ginger extract, tea, capsules and dried roots.
Powerful Antioxidants and Anti-inflammatory Properties
The rhizome of Zanzibar officinale (a botanical name for ginger) is a source of several stratified bioactive substances of phenolic compounds. These bioactive components are powerful antioxidants and also have anti-inflammatory, antidiabetic, anticoagulant, anti-cancer and promote the regulation of angiogenesis.
Less pain and swelling
The consumption of ginger by humans has been associated with a reduction in muscle stiffness and muscle and joint pain. Research has shown that people with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis who took powdered ginger each day had less pain and swelling than participants who did not use ginger.
Strengthening the Immune System
Regular consumption of ginger significantly strengthens the immune system. Its anti-inflammatory properties reduce the risk of infections of all kinds and protect against influenza viruses and colds.
Some studies from animal experiments show that ginger may stimulate the secretion of bile and the activity of various digestive enzymes. This results in faster digestion of food. It also facilitates digestion by preventing the fermentation of food. Ginger helps reduce high cholesterol levels and, by the same token, helps reduce the risk of heart problems. In addition, it facilitates the treatment of loss of appetite, dysentery and diarrhea. Its use has been associated with pain relief, particularly those related to menstrual problems, heartburn and side effects of certain medications.
Here are other favorable effects of ginger that have been observed:
• Helps in the fight against a respiratory syncytial virus which can cause respiratory infections;
• Its anti-tumor properties also make it a possible treatment against cancers of the colon, pancreas, ovaries, breast and prostate;
• It helps to improve the cognitive functions of the human brain by protecting it from the risks of developing Alzheimer’s disease;
• It also helps reduce nausea during pregnancy, chemotherapy and motion sickness.Ginger has been known to Asians since the beginning of time. Why not include it more often in your diet now that you know all the benefits it can bring you.