Superfood Sunday Spotlight: Ginger

Ginger, a native Asian plant, is most commonly known as a spice in Asian and Indian cuisine, but it is also found in traditional medicine, candies and some wine. Ginger is an amazing superfood loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds that offer many benefits to your body and skin. Ginger should no longer be viewed as only a tasty spice added to a meal but it should be recognized for its powerful capabilities. Below we will share the benefits and ways to incorporate ginger into your daily routine.


Nutrition Facts:

Ginger contains magnesium, zinc, vitamin c, iron, potassium, and so many other vitamins and minerals! It is full of antioxidants like gingerols, and beta-carotene! It is low in calories and carbohydrates but high in nutritional value.


Benefits:

  • Eases digestion- From time to time, we all feel puffy and constipated. Ginger helps ease gastrointestinal irritation and promotes a healthy GI tract.
  • Reduces inflammation- Ginger has an anti-inflammatory compound called gingerols.
  • Blood circulation- Because of the zinc, chromium, and magnesium in ginger, it helps maintain healthy blood flow.
  • Boosts immune system- Say goodbye to the flu!
  • Helps with nausea- (Remember you’re mom would give you Ginger ale when you had a stomach ache?)
  • Ease motion sickness- No need for dramamine on long car rides or boat rides anymore!
  • Great for skincare and hair care- Promotes anti-aging, fights acne and tones skin.
  • Hair- Stimulates hair growth.

Suggested use:

  1. Make ginger tea to ease stomach pain- Combine 3 cups of water, 1/3 cup of sliced ginger, 1 lemon (squeezed), and 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar (add 1 tsp. cayenne pepper if you could tolerate it). Boil in a pot until bubbling, simmer for about 20 minutes.
  2. Make this delicious Cleansing Ginger Soup 
  3. Make ginger string beans- Combine blanched string beans, Braggs Liquid Aminos Soy Sauce, and ground ginger in a sprayed sauté pan. Sauté until golden!
  4. Juice ginger, lemon, and apple for a delicious combination!
  5. Make Natural Ginger Ale
  6. Ginger skin scrub- Mix  3 tablespoons. olive oil, 6 tablespoons. brown sugar, and 1 1/2 tablespoons ground ginger.  Exfoliate on damp skin for 1-2 minutes and then rinse.

Suggested products:

  1. Chimes Ginger Chews
  2. GT’s Raw Kombucha Gingerade 
  3. Yogi Ginger Tea or Green Tea Lemon Ginger
  4. Jus by Julie Ginger Juice
  5. Ginger Cubes
  6. Organic Turmeric, Ginger, & Beet Lara Bar
  7. Origins Ginger-Float Cream– Take your bubble bath to the next level with this soothing bath elixir
  8. Aura Cacia Fresh Ginger Essential Oil– Use to soothe your sore muscles from all those workouts!

To clean living,

Jessica, Rachel, & Ariella

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