Ginger

As you might already know, my daughter suffered from severe eczema for about a year. All the dermatologists, allergists and doctors we visited during that “black” period tried to make us believe that the only way to free her from eczema flare-ups was using steroid products. Do not get me wrong, I did not question their capability or authority. I did apply some corticosteroid creams on her and if your kids have eczema then you will definitely know what I am talking about, the steroid creams do not cure eczema. What they do is suppress the eczema from flaring up, cover it up but it is still there, under her skin. Once you stop using those creams, the eczema will make it way right back and there you go again, more steroid creams. For more information about corticosteroids, read here

How did I cure my daughter’s eczema?

It is a combination of a few different things and her diet played a huge role in clearing her eczema. For some reasons, some kids grow out of eczema as they grow up. Go ahead and call me naïve but the only thing that I can think of is, the older the kids are, the stronger their immune system is and that must be why their body could fight against eczema and free them from the misery that eczema brings. So what did I do? I researched like crazy about “how to boost your immune system”. Among other things, foods play a vital role in keeping our body well and strong. Our immune system is like our body’s army, it fights against diseases and it needs good and regular nourishment.

I started incorporating a lot of immune boosting foods such as: citrus, ginger, turmeric, garlic, aloe vera, pineapple, carrot…etc into her diet. Out of them ginger is used almost daily in my household so I will devote this post writing about the health benefits of ginger and how you can incorporate this amazing ingredient into your foods.

Ginger’s health benefits

The followings are results of scientific studies on ginger. For full reports and more read here

  • Raw ginger reduce muscle pain caused by exercise
  • Anti-vomitting and anti-nausea effect
  • Boosting immune system
  • Prevent ovarian cancer from growing
  • Anti-imflammation effect
  • Prevent hepatic liver disorders
  • Relieve menstruation pains
  • Relieve migraine symptoms

Ginger is not a highly allergic ingredient so you can start adding a small amount of it to your kids’ diet (I started adding ginger to Angela’s food when she was 10 months old). Please note that you should limit consuming ginger to 4 gram per day.

Immune boosting smoothie - ginger

Amazing immune boosting smoothie – ginger

 

How to add ginger to your toddler’s diet?

  1. Juicing. When you make fruit / veggie juice for you or your tots, toss a thumb-size piece of ginger in to your juicer followed by some watery fruit (like orange or grapefruit).
  1. Smoothie. You might want to use young ginger rhizomes in your tots’ smoothie as they are milder in taste. This is one of Angela’s favourite smoothie recipes that contains ginger, check it out here.
  1. Ginger tea. Add a few slices of fresh ginger to a cup of hot water, let it sit for an hour and give it to your tots instead of plain water.
  1. Add to rice. When you cook your rice, add a table-spoon of ginger juice to the mix. Great flavoured rice and healthy.
  1. Add to soup / stew. You can either add fresh ginger juice or some minced ginger.
  1. Use to marinate. When you prepare marinate sauce for your protein, chop some ginger finely and add to the mix. For this you can use either ginger rhizome or ginger leaves.

 

What is your favourite way of using ginger? Let me know in the comment section below.

Leave a Reply