DIGESTIVE GINGER TONIC
This ginger digestive tonic is a cocktail of vitamins and studies show that its ingredients have a soothing and anti-inflammatory action that benefits and protects the intestinal tract.
We will see how the combination of these ingredients forms a real digestive elisir.
How To Prepare The Digestive Ginger Tonic
For this recipe we will need a juice extractor
2 medium sized cucumbers cut into chunks
1 medium sized fennel cut into chunks
About 2.5 cm of peeled ginger root
Add all the ingredients in the extractor one at the time and when ready immediately drink the juice.
NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS OF THE INGREDIENTS IN THIS RECIPE AND LINKS TO STUDIES
Benefits to our hormones
Recent studies have shown that cucumbers contain powerful lignans that bind with oestrogen-related bacteria in the digestive tract, thereby helping to reduce the risk of various cancers, such as breast, uterine, ovary and prostate cancer.
Cucumbers are a food rich in nutrients such as vitamins A, C, K, magnesium, silicon, potassium and manganese. They also contain a high amount of antioxidants and enzymes such as erepsin, which helps digest the proteins and destroy parasites, especially tenia, thus carrying out a protective action on the intestinal tract.
Researchers at the University of Valencia in Spain have discovered that they contain phytonutrients called “cucurbitacine” that studies demonstrate to have anti-cancer properties [Link to study] as they can lead to the death of cancerous cells.
Cucumbers consist of 95% water, they promote diuretic action and help dissolve uric acid deposits that favour the formation of kidney stones.
Useful in preventing certain types of migraines
As cucumbers are a highly hydrating food, they have been used as a natural remedy against headaches [Link to study]. This is because one of the possible triggers for migraines is dehydration and many studies show that foods containing high-water content as well magnesium, such as cucumbers, have a re-balancing effect on body fluids.
Finally, cucumbers have a detoxifying and soothing action on the intestinal tract, so it is indicated for conditions such as gastritis, acidity, indigestion and ulcers.
The electrolytes contained in the cucumber make sure that the hydratying action reaches deep into cells and tissues.
Fresh fennel is a food that is appreciated by many, thanks to its sweet licorice taste.
It is an excellent remedy for indigestion because it exerts an anti-inflammatory action in the digestive tract. Some of the oils in the fennel are known to stimulate the secretion of gastric juices [Link to study].
Another study looks at its beneficial and soothing action for infant colic[Link to study]
An aid to the symptoms of dysmenorrhea
Recent research shows that fennel appears to be a safe and effective alternative to drugs in the treatment of primary dysmenorrhea [Link to study].
A charge of vitamins and minerals
Fennel is rich in folic acid, magnesium, vitamin C, iron and essential oils that have always been used for their powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties.
It is also a good source of minerals, such as iron, calcium, copper, zinc and selenium.
Useful in subjects with hypertension
Fennel consumption contributes to lowering blood pressure and inflammation due to its high potassium content and low sodium content [Link to study].
Finally, this delicious ingredient, is also good for salads or added to smoothies and juices.
Ginger is one of the oldest and most widely used medicinal spices in the world.
This root is known not only for its digestive and anti-inflammatory properties, but it is also used to prevent colds, flu and nausea (if the fresh root flavour is too strong, you can try to use the powder instead of the fresh root).
This root also has strong antibacterial properties [Link to study] against metabolic acidosis.
Studies have demonstrated its effectiveness in fighting Escherichia coli, Staphylococcal and Candida albicans infections.
Anti-tumor properties, beneficial effects on vascular disorders, diabetes mellitus and gastrointestinal health
In addition, as noted in the International Journal of Preventive Medicine study titled “Anti-inflammatory Ginger Antioxidant Effects in Health and Physical Activity: An Up-to-Date Review of Evidence”, it is cited:
“Ginger anticancer potential is well-documented [Link to study] and its functional components such as gingerols and shogaols are the precious ingredients that can prevent different types of cancer, angiogenesis and metastasis, induction of apoptosis and inhibition of progression of the cell cycle. It also improves cardiovascular disorders, diabetes mellitus and gastrointestinal health. ”