Friday, December 20, 2013

A ginger trick for cold and flu season


Chris Kresser:     I think I’ve talked about this before, but the best thing you can do if you’re coming down with a cold – and since we’re in that season now, it’s worth sharing – is if you don’t have a juicer, get one.  If you have one, you can use it.  You get a bunch of ginger, like, a lot, a couple pounds, 2 to 3 pounds of ginger, and you put it in the juicer so you’re making fresh ginger juice.  And then you put 3 to 4 tablespoons of ginger in a cup with the juice of one lemon and some honey, like a couple of teaspoons or a tablespoon of honey, and you sip on that all day.  You’ll probably need to make it a couple more times throughout the day, but you just keep sipping it throughout the whole day.  It’s really intense, that much fresh ginger juice.  You’ll really understand when people say that ginger is spicy when you drink that!  You sprinkle a tiny bit of cayenne pepper, like a pinch of it, too.  That really helps a lot.  The fresh ginger is antiviral, and it actually prevents the adhesion of the virus to the upper respiratory mucosa.  If you do it right at the beginning of getting sick, it can really prevent you from getting sick at all.  We do this around my house, and I’ve shared it with a lot of patients.  It’s extremely effective, and if you have the tools on hand and you have ginger around and you can do it early enough, it can really, really help protect you.

Steve Wright:  So, is that literally like 1 to 2 pounds per day of ginger?

Chris Kresser:  No, we juiced a pound or a little over a pound the other day.  We felt like we might be coming down with something, and it lasted for two people, both my wife and me, for a day and a half, I think.
Chris Kresser:  It depends how strong you make it and how much you drink, of course, but you do need a lot of it.

Steve Wright:  OK, and so this is maybe a 3-to-5-day type of idea?

Chris Kresser:  Yeah, as long as necessary, but oftentimes if you just do it for one day, if you feel like you’re coming down with it and you do this for one day, then the next day you’ll feel better.

How To Make Ginger Juice  

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