Have you ever caught yourself wishing for that mythical thing that will help you “shed #20 as if by magic”?

Me too!!!

Swear to god, every time I read that headline I still open the article.

But every time it is about someone giving up their 8 pack of soda pop habit, or giving up fast food, or eliminating their morning donut from their lives.

And I’ve never been a soda drinker (wine is adifferent story…), I’ve never really eaten fast food (they didn’t have it where I grew up so I never got in the habit), and donuts just aren’t my jam, maybe one a year, but not the secret to losing #20.

Anyway, I digress…my newest obsession, Ginger Juice.

Yep, fresh squeezed, organic, in a bottle. The brand is Ginger People.

I’m in love. Head over heels. Developing a healthy obsession.

Do you know, gingerol, the bioactive compound in the ginger root (the part we eat or juice) has a number of healthy benefits? I looked them up just to share with you.

  1. Reduces nausea or morning sickness (listen for those of you in the first trimester…you gotta try this!)
  2. Muscle pain or soreness.
  3. Anti-inflammatory…that means arthritis for you non-medical people. Eases the pain of creaky joints. Whoop-whoop!
  4. Lowers fasting blood sugars. Listen up all you diabetics, and anyone who is health conscious and working to lower blood sugars to increase fat burning.
  5. Helps with chronic indigestion. Gas, bloating, heartburn, you know what I mean.
  6. Decreases menstrual pain.
  7. Has anti-cancer properties.
  8. May improve brain function and protect against Alzheimer’s
  9. Fights infections.

Holy cow, and it tastes great!

Some of the ways I use it daily include;

  • Adding a big splash to my glass of water. Often I also add lemon. Tastes delicious, and helps me get the recommended daily water* dose down easily.
  • Making ice cubes with a splash of ginger in the water and adding to my favorite cold drink (sun tea, ice tea, seltzer water.)
  • Using in a marinade for seafood, chicken or pork.

Now notice I didn’t mention any magical weight loss properties. But here’s the craziest thing, as soon as I started including ginger into my daily diet, my cholesterol readings improved significantly, and my guts started processing foods like a champ (see #5 above), and without doing much else, besides practicing mindful eating, I dropped #10 in 8 weeks.

  • Recommended daily water intake = take your weight, divide by 2. That’s the number of ounces of water to consume per day. Example: 150# divided by 2 = 75, so a 150# person should consume 75 ounces of water a day.
  • 16 oz glass of water, add 1/2-1 tsp ginger juice (or to taste). Optional, add lemon or lime juice for a refreshing drink. Mint is also good.
  • To a cup of hot tea, add 1/2 tsp fresh ginger juice.
  • Add 2-4 tsp. of ginger to 1.5 cups of water, add to ice cube try to make ginger ice cubes. Use in sparkling water, sun-tea, plain water, etc.
  • Add to your favorite marinade recipe for chicken, pork or prawns

Be creative, and then hit reply and tell me how you use ginger juice!