Well, it finally hit. The yucky sickness that has been going around. But fortunately it only lasted a few days, and I was the only one to get it. Why? I chalk it up to lots of herbal tea, and GINGER!
If you have been following the blog, you know that I am a huge fan of Ginger and all the benefits. Ginger is an amazing digestive aid, it reduces pain and inflammation, and it inhibits the rhinovirus and bacteria which can cause the common cold and other viruses. Ginger, especially when fermented, is filled with energy building enzymes that can help ward off illness. Because I had just fermented 2 gallons of the yummy Ginger Beer, I had been drinking it like crazy when I first felt the signs of getting sick. I believe that having all that good stuff from Ginger in my system kept the illness from being as bad as I have seen in others.
Not only is Ginger Beer good for what ails you, it is also a very historic drink. This fermented beverage is noted as being popular in England as early as 1618. It was traditionally consumed with breakfast and provided the user with an excellent source of nutrients including the B vitamins, minerals, and beneficial enzymes. While they may not have known the exact benefits of the drink in those days, today we know that a body in an enzyme deficient state is a prime target for heart disease, cancer, obesity and other degenerative problems. Drinks like Ginger Beer may help to increase our enzymes, therefore leading to a healthier body.
Ginger is somewhat of an acquired taste- I have plenty of friends and family who turn their nose up at the thought of it. If you can learn to enjoy the taste, you will certainly reap the rewards offered from this important herb.