Nourish: Ginger Root

             This looks like a dinosaur but it's ginger root.

             This looks like a dinosaur but it's ginger root.

Flu season is upon us. With sniffles, sore throats, body and stomach aches, immune systems have been on overdrive working to keep our bodies strong. I was sick most of January. It was long and traitorous but I'm finally recovering, returning back to normalcy which is joyfully welcomed. During my time being sick I was introduced to a favorite addition my diet: ginger. 

I’ve heard a lot about ginger in the health world but hadn’t given it a try until now. While sick on the couch, my mom paid me a visit with all the flu goodies you need, including ginger root. She made me ginger tea and not only was it delicious but it greatly improved my nausea. After seeing her prepare it, I was less intimidated to try it on my own. 

Did you know that ginger root helps inflammation, digestion, and nausea? Ginger root is also a natural way to boost your body's immune system

          Berry Ginger Smoothie

          Berry Ginger Smoothie

There are several ways to enjoy the benefits of ginger in your diet. One way is to make a tea from it. Simply peel about a thumb size piece of ginger and cut it into chunks. Boil in a saucepan (Dr. Axe says for 30 minutes) or until you have the ginger taste you want. You can include a tea bag of choice or drink it by itself (this way is good when it's really gingery).

Another way to use ginger is to throw it in a smoothie. This week, I blended frozen banana, blueberries, blackberries, almost butter, spinach, almond milk, ginger root and ice together. It turned into a deep, rich purple color with a fragrant hint of ginger mixed throughout. I loved this combination- super refreshing!

So, if you’re looking for a natural way to fight sickness this winter, ginger is your secret weapon! It’s an inexpensive, low maintenance, and versatile food with amazing health benefits. Boost your immune system, kick the nausea, and promote healthy digestion in your body! And don't forget about fighting inflammation which is the source of a lot of common diseases. Why wouldn't you want these things?

Now, go add ginger to your grocery list! Let me know how it goes.