Ginger

The best belly ache and nausea remedy I have ever come in contact with. It can help to end a vomiting episode, as it blocks serotonin receptors in your small intestine. Eat too much?? Ginger relieves that painful gas and bloating in the gut. With the anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols, ginger is also great for arthritis.

Great Ginger

How to Choose and Keep
Try to choose fresh as much as possible. Fresh ginger has a more powerful percentage of gingerol, and will help with inflammation best. Make sure fresh ginger feels firm and doesn’t have any mold on it. It can be stored in the fridge unpeeled for about 3 weeks. If you are choosing the dried spice make sure it is organic, as conventional could have chemicals in it. Dried ginger powder can last about a year if you store it in the fridge. You can also choose ginger in other forms as candied or crystallized for a nice sweet nutritious snack.

Preparation
If you are preparing fresh ginger make sure to take off only what you need and grate or mince up. Then seal tightly back in the fridge so it doesn’t go bad.

Nutrients
Considered an herb, ginger has properties that aid in health, not specific nutrients.

Action Steps
1. Choose some fresh ginger and make some ginger lemonade. Combine freshly grated ginger, lemon juice, cane juice or honey and water.
2. Add fresh grated or minced ginger to a stir-fry or hot water for tea.
3. Grab some candied or crystallized ginger for a nice snack.

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