Ginger Spritzer

This isn’t a juice, but it is a great drink for a hot day and includes one of my favorite ingredients – ginger.

Ingredients

  • 1 inch cube of ginger
  • 1/2 liter sparkling mineral water OR 7 Up / Sprite.

Peel the ginger, then grate it on a fine grater.  Add the grated pulp and any juice that comes out of the ginger to a large glass with crushed ice.  Poor over the sparkling mineral water.  This drink can seem a little harsh for those that are not so keen on ginger, so for a more “ginger ale” flavour, use 7 Up or Sprite instead of the mineral water.

Ginger is a fantastic root to use in juices and cooking.  Some of the health benefits attributed to ginger (much backed up by scientific research) include:

  • Fights various types of cancer cells (it’s been shown to destroy ovarian cancer cells as well as induce cell apoptosis ).
  • Compounds called gingerols make it a fantastic anti-inflammatory, and most disease starts with inflammation.
  • Treat heartburn and acid reflux.
  • Prevent motion sickness, especially sea sickness (and may be more effective than over-the-counter motion sickness medication).
  • Boosts the immune system.
  • Relief from nausea and vomiting.
  • Prevention and treatment of migraines.
  • Relieves Menstrual cramps.
About Andy Williams

In a processed food culture, simply eating may not be enough. Andy Williams, B.SC., Ph.D. is a scientist with a strong interest in Juicing and how it can supply the body with the nutrients it needs to thrive in modern society. You can subscribe to his free daily paper called Juicing The Rainbow and follow him on Facebook orTwitter. You can also follow me on Google +

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