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10 Most Effective Foods for Cleanse and Detox - #2 - Ginger

Monday, March 25, 2013

Spring, a great time to refresh, recharge and renew ...

tells us that there are many foods that can help counteract the effects of a toxic lifestyle. Whether you want to lose weight, feel more energized, improve your complexion or boost your mood, check out these top 10 foods to help detox your body.


If too much fatty food or alcohol has caused problems for your digestive system, it may be worthwhile adding some ginger to your diet. Ginger is not only great for reducing feelings of nausea, but it can help improve digestion, beat bloating and reduce gas.

In addition to this, ginger is high in antioxidants and is good for boosting the immune system. To give your digestion a helping hand, try sipping on ginger tea or adding some freshly grated ginger to a fruit or vegetable juice.

gives us some ginger facts and trivia.

- Ginger is a plant native to Asia. The warm, pungent, fragrant rhizome (enlarged underground stem) of this plant is used as a spice, either fresh or dried and powdered. Ginger oil is also used in fruit flavorings and perfumes. Ginger may be also be candied or pickled, and used to make tea and wine.
- Ginger is the dried knobby shaped root of the perennial herb Zingiber officinale. The plant grows two to three feet tall. Once the leaves of the plant die, the thick roots, about 6 inches long, are dug up. Crystallized Ginger is fresh gingerroot cooked in syrup and dried.
- Research has shown that ginger is more effective than Dramamine in combating motion sickness.
- Ginger derives its name from a Sanskrit word meaning horn-shaped or horn root.
- From as early as the sixth century, B.C., people have used ginger for a variety of purposes. In ancient times, it was thought to have healing properties.
- During the Middle Ages, European ladies of the royal courts presented ginger to their knights prior to jousts. The ginger was meant to bring the knights luck.
- During the 15th century, gingerbread became a gift of love and respect. In the 1800's, Ginger was commonly sprinkled on top of beer or ale, then stirred into the drink with a hot poker - thus the invention of ginger ale.


Ginger Salmon

Makes 4 servings

2 teaspoons olive oil
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
1 pound salmon filets

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. In a small bowl, blend olive oil, honey, Dijon mustard and ginger
3. Brush salmon fillets evenly with the olive oil mixture. Place in a medium baking dish. Bake 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, until the fish flakes easily with a fork.

Nutritional info per serving:
Calories - 249
Total Fat - 14.7g
Saturated Fat - 2.8g
Cholesterol - 67mg
Sodium - 161mg
Potassium - 417mg
Total Carbohydrates - 5.3g
Dietary Fibre - 0g
Sugars - 4.3g
Protein - 22.6g
Vitamin A - 1%
Vitamin C - 7%
Calcium - 2%
Iron - 4%
Thiamin - 39%
Niacin - 98%
Vitamin B6 - 45%
Magnesium - 12%
Folate - 17%

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