Green Ginger Smoothie
Ginger has a tremendous amount of dietary, medicinal, and health benefits. After learning how worthwhile Ginger root is for our well-being, you may want to consider keeping it on hand and working it into your daily diet.
The following is a list of several reasons to get familiar with Ginger:
• Gentle remedy for upset stomachs; especially when used as a tea.
o nausea (pregnancy, chemotherapy, motion sickness, after surgery)
o travel sickness
o loss of appetite
o flu symptoms, chills, cold
• Serves as a mild laxative.
• Aids in indigestion and gastrointestinal relief.
• Used for many medicinal purposes:
o Irritable bowel; including gas and stomach cramps.
o Menstrual cramps.
o Dyspepsia (bloating, flatulence, heartburn).
• Ginger provides powerful and effective results when you incorporate it into your diet that include (but not limited to): anti-inflammatory, anti-emetic, anti-oxidant, carminative, circulation-stimulating, detoxifying, antiseptic, antispasmodic, and anti-viral.
Directions for a Green Ginger Smoothie:
Add the following ingredients, in the order provided, to your blender or extractor.
Blend to desired consistency:
1 lemon, peeled and quartered (seeds removed)
1 apple, quartered (seeds removed)
2 cups kale, spinach, or collard greens (or any combination of the three)
1 ginger slice (peeled and cut into a 1 inch piece)
1 cup water
4-5 ice-cubes (optional)
• Add water to achieve desired consistency.
• Dark, leafy green vegetables are high in fiber; they are an excellent source for the relief of constipation or hemorrhoids.
• CAUTION: If you are experiencing an agitated digestive system, the fiber content in whole fruits and vegetables may add further stress. However, by extracting plant foods it can aid in replenishing nutrients lost in diarrhea while making it easier for your body to break down the food sources and absorb them quickly.
• For diabetic or weight issues, ingesting more high fiber fruits, vegetables, and legumes (leafy greens, cabbage, berries, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, apples, and beans) help combat free radicals.
• Soluble fiber (once in the intestines) slows the absorption of sugars in the blood – allowing the body to feel full and limiting insulin spikes.
• Always consult your physician if you have special diet or health related issues.
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