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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Ginger is good for you, and tasty too!

Ginger is one of the "foods" we have taken a closer look at for Abby. Ginger seems to really help ease her nausea and stomach upset so figured it was worth a closer look.

The Ginger People have a ton of terrific articles on the potential benefits of ginger.

Here are a few of my favorite bits on ginger;

Ginger and Fighting Pain
Ginger contains anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols. They are believed to be responsible for the relief reported by many arthritis and chronic pain sufferers who regularly consume ginger. "It [ginger] works like Ibuprofen, but without the side effects."
Source: Neal Barnard, M.D. author of Foods That Fight Pain

Posted in Health By Nicole DeCarli

Promoting Digestion
Historians say Confucius ate ginger with every meal. This legend has credence due to ginger's enzymatic properties which help break down food.
"Ginger increases digestive movement through the stomach and duodenum, and has also been shown to stimulate several valuable digestive enzymes in the pancreas. The enzymes in ginger bread down protein efficiently and rapidly, leaving the digestive system free of any discomfort.

Source: Alternative Healthzine

Posted in Health By Nicole DeCarli

Boosting Immunity with Ginger
Called "the Great Medicine" by ancient Indian vaids, ginger has long been touted by herbalists for its cleansing effect on the body, removing toxins and restoring the body's balance.
"Ginger is loaded with virus-fighting substances, including several that act directly against cold viruses."

Source: Jim Duke, author of The Green Pharmacy and former USDA medicinal-plant expert.

Posted in Health By Nicole DeCarli

So that gives you an idea of why I have decided to increase the amount of ginger in Abby's(and my) diet. Our latest efforts were to make our own candied ginger and ginger syrup- I am so glad I did! I think it turned out better then store bought and way cheaper!

Candied ginger can be used in baking or even in savory foods and of course, a tiny piece of candied ginger is a great way(and tasty) to settle your stomach. The ginger syrup was new to me. Since the process of making the candied ginger also creates a ginger syrup I decided to save it and see if we can find uses for the syrup- did not take long! Amazing in tea, over fresh fruit, poaching pears, a delicious syrup over gluten free waffles or pancakes.. mixed into marinades...

This LINK takes you to the recipe I followed to make my candied ginger and syrup.

I diced my ginger after removing the skin with a spoon(very easy, just flip the spoon backwards and scrap the thin skin off the ginger root) Some folks slice thin rounds of ginger, but we like it cubed/diced.

We let it dry for a full day and a half- I then store it in a jar in my pantry. The ginger syrup is in a jar in the fridge, and disappears very fast!

A friend who's son battles very low BP did warn she had read that ginger can reduce BP- which for most of us isn't an issue, but with our children with POTS and Dysautonomia we should keep an eye on their BP - if Abby's BP is low, just to be safe we are going to slow or avoid ginger.


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