Ever wonder why your wasabi is accompanied by ginger when you’re eating sushi? There’s a method behind it and it’s simply that ginger cleanses the palate. You’re supposed to eat it in between different pieces of sushi. It prepares your mouth for a new tasting fish. Interesting fact, right? But there’s way more to ginger than just cleaning the palate. Historically, ginger was used by Asian, Arabic, and Indian medicine men as a healing agent for pain relief. It was and still is most commonly used to help digestion and stomach pain; which is why your mom would give you ginger ale when you’d have a tummy ache. It is also great for reducing nausea and vomiting from motion sickness, morning sickness, even chemotherapy treatments. Not only is it a healing agent for your stomach but it is also commonly used to help fight the common cold. Why? Because it promotes healthy sweating which rids your body of toxins and gets you feeling better quicker. This is why we suggest our juices with lots of ginger if you’re under the weather. Our fresh juices, The Buzz, Toxin Flush, and Green Apple Toxin are loaded with ginger. If you’re suffering from a sore throat or congestion, adding ginger to your tea will alleviate that soreness and get you breathing much better because it opens up your sinus channels. If you want to opt out of drinking tea, stop by our store for our Grab-n-Go Ginger Skinny Lemonade. It’s perfect for those pesky sore throats.
Anytime ginger is used in a recipe or drink, the aroma and taste it gives off is quite strong. That’s because ginger contains an oil called gingerol; which gives it that unique scent and flavor. Most importantly, gingerol is responsible for providing antioxidants to the body and acts as a major anti-inflammatory. Something else great when taken regularly, ginger helps muscle pain and soreness. So, if you’re one to hit the gym hard you’ll want to make sure you’re dosing regularly on ginger.
When consuming ginger, fresh is best. You can find it at your local grocery store or farmers market. Need cooking tips? It can be easily peeled with a paring knife, grated (our fave) and sliced. If it’s unpeeled, it can be stored in the fridge for about 2 weeks. It can also be stored in the freezer for up to 4 months. If you’re looking for other ways to add this spice to your life, ginger also comes candied, pickled (like at the sushi bar) and crystallized. Add it to your meal, tea, and even your cocktails!
There you have it, the scoop on ginger.