The colder time of year has officially arrived! Enjoying a nice cold glass of juice or a frosty smoothie might not be the first thing on your mind when you’re chilly. If you’re anything like me, you’re not going to let this stop you from enjoying both!
Still, even the most seasoned juicer may need a bit of extra motivation to be inspired to pull the juicer or blender out. You’re in luck because I’ve got some of that here for you!
There is one simple ingredient you can add to your juices and smoothies that not only warms you up, but can prevent you from catching a virus during “sick” season.
That ingredient is ginger, and I’ll explain exactly why!
Thermogenic Properties Of Ginger
Thermogenesis is defined as the production of heat, especially in a human or animal body. Ginger’s thermogenic properties come from two compounds contained inside named gingerol and shogaol. These compounds warm up your body by increasing your metabolism. If you’re trying to lose weight this is even more good news for you, because an increased metabolism causes you to burn more calories throughout the day. An added bonus for a lot of us during the more “indulgent” holiday season!
On top of its thermogenic qualities ginger also increases blood circulation in your body, which contributes to your overall warmth.
How Ginger Prevents Viruses
Ginger has been used for many reasons since ancient times. One of these uses have been its effective anti-viral properties.
In recent studies fresh, but not dried ginger has been proven to be effective specifically against respiratory viruses. Ginger does this by not allowing the virus to attach itself to the respiratory tract and take hold. Ginger stimulates mucosal cells that may contribute to counteracting viruses.
Since it has been shown that dried ginger had no effect on viral activity it would be wise to use fresh ginger when possible. This is great news for those of us who love to juice or include fresh ginger in our smoothies, because it’s as easy as simply tossing it into our juicer or blender!
A Simple Ginger Juice Recipe
1 knuckle Ginger
A knuckle of ginger is roughly the size of half of your thumb (or the size of your thumb from the knuckle up to the tip). Since all of our thumbs are a different size you can start with that amount and then add more as you like to taste. I personally use larger knuckles of ginger, but I’ve been juicing with ginger for years and I’d recommend you start out with less.
You can always add to a recipe, but you can’t take away! 🙂
More Juice Recipes With Ginger
We have lots of other juice recipes that include ginger, so we encourage you to take a look at all of our juice cleanse recipes right here!
Or try these!
Recipe #7. on this page here includes apples, beets, and ginger.
Recipe #4. on this page is a delicious pear, carrot, and ginger juice.
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