We knew that drinks having ginger as their main ingredient are associated with good health, but we didn’t fancy ginger, in particular, so we never used it for anything else other than gingerbread cookies :). We are pretty conservative with foods. Not that we don’t try new ones, but strong spices must be analyzed in detail before liking or hating them, regardless of their health benefits. Eating a vegan diet made us more open to trying new foods, but in general, we remain sceptical by default.
Ginger shot experience no. 1
Before one of the classes at the FitMiBODY studio, Andreea was offered a ginger shot as a pre-workout treat. She liked it quite a bit and also felt good overall, so it entered the “I want to try this again” list.
Another thing relevant to the story is that my throat is very sensitive. During the times I was smoking, I coughed a lot. Since I quit, I get colds quite rarely, just once or maximum twice a year. But some of these colds leave me with a very upsetting cough which goes away by itself after few weeks. However, because of the marathon training and the miserable weather outside, the cough residing from my last cold lasted a bit longer.
Ginger shot experience no. 2
We were walking around Central London searching for a place to brunch before the Hampton Court Half. We ended up at L’Eto Café (http://letocaffe.co.uk/), a cool place to visit in general. At the end of the meal, as a treat, one thing from their menu grabbed our attention: ginger shots! So I got one, and my cough stopped for a while. As simple as that :).
OK, let’s make it ourselves
That was all we needed to transfer the magic at home. We searched for simple recipes, selected a few, tried one, and it worked. Repeated, it worked again.
According to this article, ginger has many health benefits:
“Ginger is commonly used to treat various types of “stomach problems,” including motion sickness, morning sickness, colic, upset stomach, gas, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), nausea, nausea caused by cancer treatment, nausea caused by HIV/AIDS treatment, nausea and vomiting after surgery, as well as loss of appetite. Other uses include pain relief from rheumatoid arthritis (RA), osteoarthritis, menstrual pain, upper respiratory tract infections, cough, respiratory problems, migraine headache, bronchitis, and diabetes. Ginger is also sometimes used for chest pain, low back pain, stomach pain, anorexia, to stimulate breast milk, as a diuretic, and to increase sweating. It is also used to treat cholera, bleeding, bloody bacterial diarrhoea, baldness, malaria, inflamed testicles, poisonous snake bites, and toothaches.”
Seems good for everything! Searching on the Internet I couldn’t find any proof why would it heal coughs or why would it provide energy – raw roots barely contain any nutrients along the 80% water content. But it has a kick; I would go that far to compare it with the kick you get from spirit drinks. And the kick seems to be a good push to start a workout. And it heals coughs or has a very strong placebo effect. Either way, we liked it, so these ginger shots are now part of our routine. Maybe not every morning, but 3-4 times a week. We also have a shot after we get back from a long run.
Recipe (for two people)
- 2 inches ginger root
- 1 orange
- 1/2 lemon (optional, for extra vitamin C)
- 1 tsp honey (optional, will make it not vegan)
Grate the ginger. Squeeze the orange and the lemon. Add the honey and mix them all up. Sieve to get the clear liquid. Put the magic potion in a shot glass and enjoy. Drink it quick! This is your new tequila!
We liked this so much; we bought new shot glasses. And my cough is completely gone by the way.
What not to do
One day we tried to put all the ingredients in the blender and mix. The result was too thick and hard to drink. Don’t do it.
Do you do ginger shots? Have you done any research about the benefits of ginger?
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