With the flu epidemic in full swing here in the US, I'm always looking for ways to naturally boost my immune system and my overall health. I mainly drink water throughout the day and fruit juice in the morning but once in a while I like to switch things up a bit. Cue in ginger water.
I'm pretty familiar with drinking hot ginger tea, something I do to help ease belly ache but only recently began to drink that same tea but chilled. It's so easy to make and has completely replace any store brought juice or drinks in my home. I purchased ginger root, pretty inexpensively from my local grocery store, preferably organic, if you can find it. Slice or grate a decent amount and add water in a large pot. I like mine to be strong so I pile on the ginger and let it simmer on low for an hour and let it cool. I poured it in a pitcher and added freshly squeezed lemon juice from a whole lemon. The added lemon just takes the taste of the ginger to another level. You can sweeten with honey but I find myself not needing to. Refrigerate and drink throughout the day. Not only does it taste great but I've learned that ginger water also has cool health benefits too. See below!
- Ginger helps burn fat but I wouldn't rely solely on this to lose weight but I'm sure it helps
- Aids in regulating cholesterol and blood pressure
- Helps combat inflammation, joint problems and disease such as rheumatism or other arthritis
- Fight free radicals that causes cancer
Do you make ginger water? If so, what are some other ingredients you add to it?