It is becoming widely known that our bodies are in a state of chronic inflammation thanks to all of the garbage we eat. Ideally, your body wants to have a neutral pH, which would be around 7. However our bodies are naturally slightly acidic due to the pollution in the air and a variety of other chemicals we come in contact with. Being acidic in pH causes stress on our bodies thus leading to inflammation. With this being known, that is why an anti-inflammatory diet is so necessary. Now you should know I am overly obsessive with the anti-inflammatory diet so here is where I will restrain myself from going into a 2 hour discussion on how to cut inflammation out of your life. But you can look forward to it in a future post ;) My main focus today is to talk about one of the best anti-inflammatory foods God put on this earth… GINGER.
I had never eaten ginger in my life until 3 years ago. It was in one of our nutrition classes that we discussed the miraculous effects it can have on the body and that our professor was currently eating it daily in multiple forms to maintain his pristine health at the age of 60. He was juicing it, he was putting it in his coffee, sprinkling it on his entrees, and even nibbling on the actual root! That was all I needed to know to get me on the bandwagon. So here are some of the awesome benefits that ginger provides our bodies:
Do I need to say any more!?! Talk about a miracle worker! And what is so cool about ginger is you can consume it in a variety of ways so there really is no excuse to not have your daily dose. The easiest form would be supplements. It is a concentrated powder in a capsule so no matter where you are or what you’re doing, it is a convenient option. My personal favorite is buying fresh ginger root, cutting off an inch or two, and tossing it in my NutriBullet for my green smoothies. The powdered spice form is great for adding to your morning coffee, tea, or any other dishes to spice it up. And you can also juice it as well! For the little ones who start to show signs of a cold (or that man baby you have at home too lol), here is a great remedy:
Mix 4tsp of ginger juice, powder, or root + 4tsp honey + lemon juice + warm water
Not only is it warm and soothing, but the anti-inflammatory effects will knock out the free radicals running wild in your body causing the decrease in your immune system. I love this so much that it is a normal beverage in my day simply because it is delicious but also is super preventive.
Now let’s say you know you’re going out for beer and pizza tonight (not that you should, but hey, I’m realistic), I would load up on ginger all day to prepare for the celebration. I’m not saying this is the answer to allowing you to eat junk daily because it’s not. But any little bit helps. So I would take 1-2 grams worth of ginger in supplements, have my honey/lemon/ginger tea, and would put a big scoop of the powder in my green smoothie as well. This will help lessen the blow on your body and tissues from all of that dough and barley. Inflammatory food literally damages your tissues and DNA folks, it’s no joke. Look at the state of our society’s health and tell me you don’t notice something wrong. It is our food! So we have to do our part in reversing the damage that has been done, and preventing further damage in the future. Diabetes, cancer, and heart disease IS NOT NORMAL! And they are all direct effects of chronic inflammation.
(*Step off soapbox here*)
Just a fair warning with ginger…it is definitely an acquired taste. It has a spicy, tingly, burn to it when you put enough in there, so just be ready for that. I would start small, like ½ TBS in your smoothie, but gradually increase it each time. Anywhere from 2-6 grams a day would be the goal. Fun little story to wrap this up…
I had Bryan (my boyfriend) on a health kick with me. He was doing so well to the point where he was even asking for a green smoothie. Never thought I’d see the day. So one morning, in a slight rush because I couldn’t find the shirt I was looking for, I just threw 2 smoothies together. Tossed in some spinach, kale, carrots, beets, coconut milk, mango, and GINGER. I didn’t have fresh ginger at the moment so I decided to just sprinkle some in from my spice cabinet. The only problem was a forgot I took the little top off that has the holes to prevent the whole bottle from dumping out. You can guess what happened then, half the bottle dumped into the cup. Now me, I wasn’t mad at all because I don’t believe you can have too much ginger, but I kind of forgot Bryan didn’t have that same mindset. Not thinking about it, I tossed it in his to-go bottle and we were on our separate ways. About 10 minutes later I get a phone call from a pretty panicked guy:
Bryan: “Babe, did you put something different in this smoothie today?!”
Me: “Noooooo, it’s the same one I always make for you”
Bryan: “Well my throat is literally on fire. I mean, I don’t know what throat cancer feels like, but I’m guessing this is it!”
Me: “Ooooooh my bad, I got a little carried away with the ginger powder this morning by accident. Are you still going to drink it though because it’s really good for you and I know you’re going to have pizza at lunch”
Bryan: “Yeah, of course babe, but we’re going to need to rename this thing. I’m thinking The Ginger Stole My Soul”
Me: *Dying laughing*
To this day we refer to that smoothie recipe as such. But on the bright side, we built up his ginger tolerance!
If you are interested in incorporating more anti-inflammatory foods into your diet or want to learn more about creating a healthier lifestyle, call now to make an appointment with us 623.551.6677. My passion is nutrition and turning our comfort foods into healthy nutritious options, so we will find the best accommodations for you and your life!
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Dr. Brian Hester, originally from Alabama, graduated from Life University in 1999 with his Doctorate of Chiropractic. He moved to Anthem, Arizona in 2003 and opened his wellness center. Dr. Hester's mission is to provide people in the North Phoenix area, with the tools they need to identify stressors in their life and the underlying causes of their health challenges. With Dr. Hester as a health partner, patients can make positive lifestyle changes and take control of their lives...... see more
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