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Heartwings Love Notes 928 - Ginger is Good for you

Heartwings says, "Hippocrates said, "Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food.

When as a child I visited my grandmother, she would always serve me ginger ale in a lovely, thin glass from a set hat included every conceivable shape and size, from tiny sherry or cordial stemmed glasses to tall ones for cold drinks. The glasses had an etched design, and I still have one tucked away somewhere as a memento of our time together. It always tasted so good, and the bubbles tickled my nose.

Ginger ale is a well-known remedy for stomach upset. I carry ginger lozenges in my purse for first aid when I've eaten in a restaurant and the food was too rich for easy digestion. I have always liked ginger ale, and was disappointed when manufacturers added high fructose corn syrup—a real no-no as far as I am concerned. Ginger is special. According to the internet, ginger root contains a substance called gingerol that helps heal fungal, viral and bacterial infections.

Don't keep your ginger in the refrigerator, it won't last any longer than it will on your counter and might get lost and forgotten. Ginger might even be of help in this current pandemic, and its benefit is increased by the fact that it tastes good too. Grate some into any stir fry, it enhances it while it works to keep you healthy. It is an anti-inflammatory, so use it often. It is also a stimulant, so don't eat or drink any large amount late at night lest you find yourself, as I once did, staring at the ceiling at 2 AM. It does make a great pick-me-up during the day.

One good way I serve ginger is to follow a recipe my daughter sent me when she and her family were stationed in Africa by the State department. I do not have specific amounts for the recipe so what I advise is to make some up and use it as a base. You can then dilute it to taste. I make up a quantity as it keeps well. Start with a good-sized piece of ginger root—perhaps as much as would fit in the palm of your hand. Chop it in chunks and put it in your blender with 2 cups boiling water, one cup sugar. Grind until it is pretty fine. Once it has cooled, press it through a sieve until all the liquid is extracted. Add a little lemon juice, to taste. Dilute with soda water and serve to delighted friends and family.

May you enjoy your ginger root and gain its benefits for yourself and your loved ones.

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Tasha Halpert

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