If you need an instant (natural) pick-me-up this Winter and want to bring warmth to your body, try a ginger juice shot. Ginger is a great boost for your immune system, so will help combat any colds or runny noses. Read on to find out more.
What is ginger?
When we talk about ginger, we are usually referring to the root of the flowering perennial plant, which originated in China. Ginger (root) is a pale brown colour, that looks a bit bobbly on the outside, and is pale yellow on the inside, when you cut into the root.
Ginger belongs to the same family of plants as cardamom and turmeric. It is used frequently in Asian cuisine, and we love using it in some of our Thai recipes here at the retreat (like this month´s Thai yellow curry with vegetables). Did you know you can also make a juice from it?
What are the health benefits of ginger?
We love the taste of ginger, and the health benefits of including ginger in your juice or diet on a regular basis are huge!
Ginger has been used for centuries by natural healers to help bring relief to conditions including nausea and the common cold. In more recent years it has also been studied by scientists who have shown that eating ginger is great for the digestive system. If you experience cramps, bloating, gas, motion or sea sickness, morning sickness, or nausea, eating a little piece of ginger or drinking its juice can help to bring relief from these symptoms. Ginger is also said to help ease congestion – so if you have a cold and your nose starts to feel blocked, try eating or drinking some ginger. Some research suggests that ginger can also help to reduce muscle pain in the longer term, including menstrual pains.
Ginger contains a natural oil called gingerol, which seems to be responsible for most of its health benefits. Gingerol is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.
One word of caution – if you are taking medications for slowing blood clotting (anticoagulants or anti-platelet drugs), check with your doctor before consuming large amounts of ginger.
Ginger shots: immune boosting ginger juice
3cm chunk of ginger (bigger if you want a stronger juice)
Optional: 2cm small slice of lemon
Leave the skin on your chunk of ginger. Add it to your juicer, with the apple and lemon. That’s it! Wash your juicer, then enjoy your ginger shot.
You can start your morning with one of these ginger juice shots or enjoy it at any time of the day. It´s a healthier boost than a shot of expresso!
Pure vegetable ginger juice option
If you want to cut out or reduce the amount of fruit sugars you eat, you can try our no fruit variation – simply replace the apple with one or two large carrots (or ½ courgette).
More information and juice recipes
You can add ginger to any of the juice recipes that we share on our blog. Get creative! Juices deliver easily digested nutrition to your body, helping to detox and heal from the inside. Read more about juicing retreats on our juicing page.