The doctor of the future will give no medication,
but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.
…..Thomas A Edison
“The Healing Power of Ginger
Ginger is an ancient & revered medicinal food. The Indian healing system of Ayurveda affords ginger the status of “virtual medicine chest”. Ginger has the ability to substantially reduce inflammation. Inflammation is the body’s natural healing response to an injury or illness. Inflammation is intended to protect the body as it is healing & should subsids as the body heals. Problems occur when the inflammation rather than going away, becomes a chronic condition. This underlying chronic inflammation can promote & sustain certain conditions including: arthritis, diverticulosis, gallbladder inflammation, and heart disease. The inflammation rather than promoting healing, becomes a chronic condition & can lead to many other problems. Chronic inflammation in & of itself is often considered a disease process.
Ginger’s abiltiy to heal chronic inflammation, occurs because it supports the inhibition of two very important enzymes that play a powerful role in chronic inflammation, cyclooxygenase (COX) and 5-lipoxygenase (LOX).
It is thought that ginger has the ability to actually reset the body’s natural inflammation cycle. Remember, the body’s inflammation response is designed to protect & to provide a safe internal healing environment. As healing occurs, the need for protective inflammation reduces & the body should naturally become less inflamed. It is believed that chronic stress, along with internal & external toxins are disrupting this natural healing cycle.
Ginger also has many time-tested properties, such as:
- Soothes the digestion
- Helps to relieve nausea
- Reduces pain, along with the inflammatory cause
- Supports normal blood circulation
- Has the ability to destroy many viruses
- Strengthens the immune system & cleanses the lymphatic system
- Can reduce bacterial infections in the stomach
- Improves the absorption & assimilation of essential nutrients
- Helps heal sinus congestion
- Reduces stress & helps with depresseion
- A study at the University of Minnesota found that ginger may slow the growth of colorectal cancer cells.
- Ginger has also been proven to induce ovarian cancer cell death.
Did you know that the what we think of as “Ginger Root” is actually a rhizome, or underground stem?
It is best to store ginger in a cool, dark, & dry place.
If you store ginger in the refridgerator, if will shrivel up & become dry & unusable.
It is best to use fresh ginger within 2 to 3 weeks of purchase.
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Ginger is easily introduced into your diet. Here are a few healthy recipes, that use Ginger.
Remember to use high quality organic ingredients, whenever possible.
Pork Tenderloin with Grilled Peach-Ginger Chutney
(I suggest using sustainably & ethically raised pork only)
(Raw coconut sugar, or grade-b maple syrup are healthier substitutions for brown sugar)
Homemade Ginger Tea
(Raw coconut sugar, or stevia are healthier substitutions for agave)
(Raw coconut sugar, or grade-b maple syrup are healthier substitions for brown sugar)
(Since canola oil is often gmo, make sure it is organic. Or, substitute it with Raw, virgin coconut oil, for a yummy & unique taste)
(You can use gluten-free flour, or a sprouted spelt flour, rather than whole wheat flour)
Please talk with your Health Care provider before adding Ginger to your diet.
Written by Pamela S. Robinson
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