This drink comes packed with healing benefits ideal for those suffering from diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Top this juice off with some club soda for some guilt-free bubbles. This bright drink keeps well in the fridge and has several servings to last you all week. Fight your body’s inflammation one delicious sip at a time.
Turmeric has been used for thousands of years in Asia for its healing properties. It is chock full of antioxidants, is an anti-inflammatory and a mild pain reliever. Turmeric powder is made from the root of the plant. Some grocery stores do sell the entire root in the produce department. Using the fresh root is the most powerful form, but if you cannot find look for turmeric powder in the spice aisle.
In a seemingly self-conflicting act, the American Diabetic Association’s (ADA) Diabetes Journal conducted a study on curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric. They concluded that curcumin intervention is safe and effective for use in reversing prediabetes. This study noticed an improvement in overall β-cell functions. These independently done studies by trained professionals at universities make it difficult to completely write off turmeric as a gimmick.
Lemons are antibacterial and have the most calcium citrate of all the citrus fruits. This is important because it can decrease the rate of formation of kidney stones. Drinking lemon juice can be used to counteract nausea, heart burn or acid indigestion. The mighty lemon can also reduce swelling, water retention and inflammation in your body. It’s antibacterial properties can help to rid the body of the bacteria that causes UTI’s (urinary tract infection).
Ginger is another powerful anti-inflammatory root. It is widely used to treat upset stomachs and indigestion. This familiar flavor is not just limited to ginger ale and provides the most healing benefits in its fresh root form. Most spice sections in grocery stores at least carry the dried powder version. Ginger can increase insulin release in diabetics – which is a good thing.
EQUIPMENT FOR JUICING
Good kitchen tools, like good ingredients, are important for success. If you have a juicer that can be used instead of a blender for the ginger and turmeric roots.
GINGER TURMERIC SODA
Author: Frank Falat
Recipe type: Beverage
- Turmeric Root 4" long or 2 tsp dry powder
- Ginger Root 3" long or 3 tsp dry powder
- Lemon Juice from 3 fruits
- Cayenne Pepper, a pinch (optional)
- Fresh Water 16 oz
- Club Soda 1L (optional)
- Liquid Stevia (optional)
- Microwave three lemons in 30 sec intervals until they are warm on the exterior. Time varies by microwave. Be careful - overheated lemons can squirt hot juice and cause injury.
- Cut the lemons in half and juice them into your blender.
- Using a vegetable peeler, remove the exterior skin on the ginger and turmeric root. Roughly chop the roots up. Skip this step if using powdered versions.
- Add the ginger, turmeric, lemon juice and water to your blender. Also, add the optional cayenne pepper if you can handle the heat.
- Gradually increase the speed on your blender until you reach full throttle. Allow it work until the roots are fully blended - about a minute.
- Strain the juice through a fine mesh strainer into a glass container.
- Keep in the refrigerator. Serve over ice and dilute by half with club soda, if desired. Sweeten with stevia, if desired.
Serving size: 8 oz Calories: 57 Fat: 0.4g Saturated fat: 0 Unsaturated fat: 0 Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 16.3g Sugar: 3.7g Sodium: 3mg Protein: 0.1g
Serving Size 8 oz
Servings Per Container 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 3.6
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.4g
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrate 16.3g
Dietary Fiber g
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.