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How Does Ginger Boost Your Energy?

What are the benefits of ginger and how does ginger boost your energy? There are incredible health benefits to improve your energy.

Ginger is one of the most powerful foods because it is a stimulating herb aiding a sluggish digestive system. 

When you are experiencing gas and bloating, it affects your attitude and how you feel in your own body and clothes.  Aren’t you happy to know that there is a food like ginger that can help you!

You can find ginger usually next to the garlic in the vegetable section of your supermarket.  If I buy a large amount, I store it in a sealed bag in the freezer for when I need it or it will dry out in the cupboard.

You can also buy ginger in powder form as shown here. (As an Epicure Ambassador, I make a small commission on the sale of this product).

A good source of fatigue-fighting minerals

Ginger is a good source of potassium, phosphorous, magnesium and calcium. Potassium and magnesium are good for overcoming fatigue issues and stress does deplete your body of these minerals.

An effective detoxifier

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Ginger is an effective detoxifier.   Ginger stimulates the release of bile which disinfects the colon and breaks down fat.  It belongs to a group of foods called digestive bitters.

This versatile spice is famous in Asian cooking and has strong anti-inflammatory properties.  Gingersol is one molecule that can help with inflammation of the GI tract.  

Because ginger heats up the body and is good for circulation, it is great for your stir fries in the winter or on damp cold days.  Sweating out toxins will help you feel more energetic and ginger is good for promoting sweat.

Ginger can also thin the blood if eaten in large amounts over time, so be careful of the amount you eat if you are taking blood thinners.  Moderation is always the best policy.  But you can always check with your doctor or pharmacist if in doubt.

Sometimes over indulgence can leave you feeling nauseous and ginger is known to help with nausea.

A powerful anti-inflammatory

Ginger has antibiotic properties and can help with inflammation of the gut lining.  This makes ginger a powerful anti-inflammatory.  Inflammation is a big driver of disease in the body causing problems like intestinal leaky gut leading to food sensitivities.  

Inflammation is also known to be an underlying cause of many ills including low energy.  You can read about more foods that calm inflammation here.

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Using ginger with your meals

Ginger Tea

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You can use ginger in slices for steeping in a pot of boiled water to make a tea. 

Stir frying ginger in a Wok with vegetables and meat or chicken is also a popular way to use this medicinal herb in a meal.  It adds that extra “kick” that makes the meal so tasty.  

I have also added ginger spice to cookies and pancakes and pumpkin pie.

Recipes:

Ginger Tea

Place 2-3 slices in boiled water

Let steep for 10 minutes

Strain and sweeten with honey

What is your favorite way to use ginger?  Let me know in the comments.

Miso Ginger Salmon with Zucchini Noodles

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Serves 1

For the salmon:

1 salmon fillets, 2 oz. each

1 tbsp. miso paste

1 tbsp. honey 1/8 cup (60ml) tamari, or soy sauce

1 tbsp. ginger, grated

1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar

1/2 tbsp. sesame oil

1 tsp. sesame seeds

For the noodles:

7 oz. (198 g) zucchini noodles

3 radishes, sliced

1 tsp. sesame oil

1 tsp. ginger, grated

1/2 tsp. honey

1 tbsp. soy sauce

juice of 1/2 lime

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).

1. Mix all ingredients for the salmon marinade.

2. Refrigerate salmon in marinade for at least 20 minutes.

3. Meanwhile,  place the zucchini noodles and sliced radishes in a bowl.

4. Mix all the ingredients well for the dressing and pour over the salad and refrigerate.

5. Place the salmon in an oven safe dish and pour some of the marinade over it. Bake for 12 minutes and then turn the broiler on for about 2-3 minutes to brown the top. Check often to avoid burning.

5. Once cooked, sprinkle salmon with sesame seeds and serve with zucchini salad.


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References

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3665023/

Haas, Eson M. (2006), Staying Healthy With Nutrition, p. 251,269,273,766

https://nutritiondata.self.com

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