The “ginger bug” has grown in popularity over the years and is a fantastic way to make soda for your family. You don’t need a starter culture or even kefir whey. A ginger bug is a mixture of sugar, ginger, and water that captures wild yeasts and beneficial bacteria. Let it ferment for a few days and you’ve made your own ginger bug! This can then be used to make a probiotic and fizzy soda like ginger ale! The benefits of ginger are vast and ginger can work like medicine in the body.
Ginger helps with weight loss and blood sugars
An article in “Biological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin” of 2004 found that ginger can suppress cortisol production. When levels of cortisol become too high due to chronic stress, it can increase excess belly fat and weight gain. Other studies published in the Iranian Journal of Pharmaceutical Research found that those with type 2 diabetes who consumed ginger daily for twelve weeks experienced reduced levels of fasting blood sugar. One more study, published in the International Journal of Food Science and Nutrition in 2014, reported that ginger taken daily for eight weeks helped reduce insulin sensitivity and fasting blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics.
Ginger for nausea, motion sickness, and chemotherapy
I have personally used ginger for motion sickness. I actually found it in a drugstore listed as “Natural Dramamine” and the only ingredient was 1000 mg of ginger root. It worked for me and it worked fast! It has also worked on upset stomachs and nausea in friends and families. In a large study done on 543 cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy,1 ginger was used to reduce nausea for patients undergoing chemotherapy, and as little as one-quarter of a teaspoon of ginger cut symptoms of nausea by at least 40%.
Effective as ibuprofen
Ginger has also been found to be as effective as ibuprofen in relieving pain from menstrual cramps in women.2 It has also been helping those with asthma by adding ginger compounds to isoproterenol, a type of asthma medication.3 Because ginger enhances bronchodilation and is anti-inflammatory, it helps to open the airways of those who suffer from asthma.
Ginger Bug: Here is how to make your own ginger bug. You will only need water, sugar, and the ginger root for this, but it does require some maintenance. Ginger Bug Starter Recipe can be found here:
When your Ginger Bug is ready, make this Ginger Bug Soda
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