Ginger is an oft overlooked miracle worker. It is a normal part of the Asian diet but rarely incorporated into the Standard American Diet (SAD!). Not only will ginger boost your immunity, but it is a massive anti-inflammatory. Why is this a plus for anti-aging?
The immune system responds to injury or disease with inflammation. This is a normal, reparative reaction that is necessary for healing. But not all inflammation is good.
“When inflammation persists beyond its intended borders and purpose, however, the immune system mistakenly attacks normal cells, and the process that ordinarily heals becomes destructive. It is now widely accepted that chronic inflammation is the root cause of many serious illnesses, especially those related to aging,” says Dr. Andrew Weil, Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine.
According to Weil, persistent stress, poor diet, and over-exposure to environmental toxins can contribute to this type of unhealthy inflammation.
What can be done? Obviously, I recommend that you follow all of the dietary suggestions detailed within simpleantiagingsecrets! I especially recommend a plant-based, quick-exit food diet with little to no meat, little sugar, mostly organic and no processed foods.
But, I also recommend raising your intake of foods like ginger that actively work to fight inflammation in the body. Ginger actually works to slow aging and boost immunity across multiple fronts. Here are a few of its many benefits:
Ginger has been proven to be a worthy soldier battling certain kinds of cancer including Ovarian Cancer.
Helps with Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Protects against Alzheimers
Reduces cellular swelling
Reduces fat accumulation and helps losing fat
Protects the liver
Helps with pain
Helps manage glucose levels
Helps the body absorb nutrients
Boosts the immune system
Helps keep your breath fresh
Protects against radiation
I was so impressed by the wonders of ginger that I have now incorporated it into my daily routine. Once a week, I buy a liter of spring water and dump it into a large cooking pot. I then shave a bunch of organic ginger (take the exterior skin off with a carrot shaver) and cut it into pieces. I bring the water to a boil and then quickly turn off the stove. Do not allow the ginger to boil too long as heat destroys. I leave the pot overnight and covered to soak. In the morning, I put the potent ginger water into glass jars which I store in my fridge.
I drink a cup of lightly warmed ginger in the am or after dinner with:
A small spoonful of Manuka honey
A large spoonful of turmeric
A dash of cayenne
Freshly squeezed lemon
Dash of cinnamon and cloves
I also give a warm cup of ginger to my child after her dinner at night with simply honey, cinnamon (a great anti-inflammatory too!) and lemon. It fights all the germs children are exposed to at school!