Garlic Ginger Lemon Drink

By: Dorine Lam, RDN, MS, MPH


Garlic Ginger Lemon DrinkGinger has long been used to cure digestive ills, from tummy aches to severe morning sickness. Ginger is a powerful natural remedy for nausea. Research shows that ginger can help stimulate the stomach to release contents into the small intestine. Ginger also helps to relax the smooth muscles of the digestive tract and encourage food to keep moving, reducing bloating, constipation, and other digestive problems.

Why Digestion Matters

Efficient movement of food through the digestive tract is vital to good health. When food gets stuck somewhere in the process, it can begin to ferment, rot, or even turn into a life-threatening obstruction. Less immediately dangerous, inefficient digestion can also prevent proper absorption and assimilation of nutrients, leading to deficiencies. By stimulating healthy digestion, ginger can help improve your ability to absorb nutrients from other foods and boost your immune system.

Promoting the efficiency of the digestive system is also important to relieve pressure on the body’s NeuroEndoMetabolic (NEM) Stress Response system. Digestive issues often linger and trigger prolonged stress responses from the NEM. Since the modern diet is filled with many processed and synthetic compounds that prove challenging for our bodies to process, the NEM is often overtaxed dealing with these refined food products and toxins that result from their digestion.

Relieving this burden on the NEM helps to prevent or alleviate the symptoms that can arise after it is pushed to the point of becoming dysfunctional. These issues include adrenal fatigue.

How Ginger and Garlic Can Help

The ginger, garlic, and warm water in this recipe can help keep your digestive system humming along to prevent ill effect to your body’s NEM.

This drink offers powerful protection against stroke and heart disease. Both ginger and garlic have anti-blood-clotting properties. Eat them together for powerful heart health protection.

Ginger has been recognized as an immune-boosting powerhouse since before recorded history. Ginger is a warming spice; it is thought that this warming action can help break down and release toxins from the organs. It has also been shown to cleanse the lymphatic system, preventing toxins from accumulating and protecting you from illness, especially respiratory infection.

Ginger also has antibacterial and antifungal properties. Research conducted in Norway compared ginger to antibiotics and found that ginger was significantly more effective at killing Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pyogenes than chloramphenicol, ampicillin, or tetracycline. These findings are particularly important because these two strains of bacteria are particularly common causes of hospital-borne infection. Antibiotic-resistant strains of these two bacteria are also common, and more effective treatment methods are needed. In another study, ginger was the most effective of 29 plants tested at killing fungi.

In the 1980s, researchers discovered ginger to be an effective remedy for stomach ulcers. More recent research has found that ginger is more effective at managing GERD than pharmaceutical such as Prevacid.

One of the most surprising properties of ginger is its ability to ease pain. Gingerol, a compound in ginger that works much like capsaicin in hot peppers, acts on vanilloid receptors found on sensory nerve endings to block pain pathways. Ginger also has anti-inflammatory properties, which helps ease pain at its source.

Gingerol has also been shown to improve insulin sensitivity. Evidence suggests that ginger can help reduce your risk of diabetes, improve diabetes symptoms, and may even protect against complications of diabetes.

The combination of ginger, garlic, lemon, and cayenne make this beverage an immune boosting, pain-busting drink that can help improve your overall health.

Garlic Ginger Lemon Drink

Ingredients

  • 1–3 medium to large garlic cloves
  • Peeled ginger root (in equal portion to garlic cloves)
  • ½ large, or 1 small, organic lemon
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper powder

Method

  1. Grate garlic cloves and ginger root into a cup.
  2. Add lemon juice and warm water.
  3. Stir in cayenne pepper powder to taste.
  4. Optional: Place drink in a blender and puree.
  5. Drink while still warm.

Option: All ingredients can be put in a small blender and blend.

Note: This drink is best enjoyed on an empty stomach first thing in the morning.


Garlic Ginger Lemon Drink