Aloha Ginger Turmeric Lemonade!

Can anything be better than travel? A chance to refresh, renew and reconnect to things we love. And also a chance to try new, healthful, delicious beverages. This wonderful concoction is brought to you by Susan G of the BIG island. She prefers not to drink simple water but instead brews this deliciously delectable ginger turmeric lemonade. Lucky for us that she does and is willing to share!

Ginger is a warming tonic for the digestive system. It stimulates the circulatory system. In China it is sometimes used as an antidote for seafood poisoning. For motion sickness, morning sickness or post-operative sickness it’s a great nausea tonic. Ginger can also help with fevers and coughs. And you thought it was only a garnish for sushi! Actually, it’s not by chance that ginger comes with your sushi. The warmth of the ginger counteracts the cold of the cold sushi rice. Neat huh?

Turmeric is a cousin of ginger. It alleviates indigestion, bloating and stomach upset. It is anti-inflammatory in nature (I saw the immediate effects of this lemonade at work on a case of gastritis)  as well as a powerful antioxidant. It has culinary, medicinal, cosmetic, dying, gardening (it’s a natural ant repellant) and ceremonial uses. Curcumin is one of the compounds of turmeric showing great promise medicinally. Preliminary studies show that it has the potential to fight the effects of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. It is used in some sunscreens and is anti-cancerous.

Mint is great for good health! It shows abilities in decreasing indigestion, gastritis, bloating and flatulence. It also decreases the signs of irritable bowel syndrome.

Lemon juice is a good source of vitamin C, bioflavanoids and potassium. The juice is a super booster for the immune system. Lemons and lemon juice are good for mouth ulcers and gum disease.

If you choose to add in the honey, know that it can be good for you too. Yes, it’s 70% sugars and the glycemic index ranges from between 30 and 80, but it is full of trace amounts of different vitamins, minerals and antioxidants making it a better sweetener choice than refined sugar. Here’s a little factoid about honey: it’s 40% denser than water.

Check out Susan’s step-by-step picture directions:

Mahalo Susan!

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