Millions of people drink canned soda every minute, which makes drinks like Coke or Pepsi the most popular beverages in the world. This doesn’t make them healthy, though – these drinks often contain a variety of unhealthy ingredients which can lead to weight gain, obesity, diabetes and even cancer. However, the fizzy drinks weren’t always that toxic – for centuries, different cultures around the world have been making their own fermented sodas from natural ingredients which were safe to consume and even beneficial for their health.
These natural fermented drinks contain probiotics and enzymes that can significantly improve your digestion and health. Continue reading the article below to see how to prepare natural ginger ale at home which can give your health a boost.
½ an inch piece of ginger root
½ a cup of rapadura sugar or molasses
½ a cup of lime juice
½ a teaspoon of Himalayan pink sea salt
½ a cup of ginger bug or whey
8 cups of filtered water
Add the ginger, sugar and salt in 3 cups of water and bring the mixture to a boil, then simmer it on low heat for about 3 minutes until everything melts together. Now, remove the pot from the heat and add more water, then leave the mixture to cool down. Add the fresh lemon juice and whey next, then transfer the mixture to a glass mason jar and close it with a lid. Leave the mixture for 2-3 days until it becomes carbonated.
Here are ginger’s main health benefits:
Boosts the immune system
Ginger is a powerful immune booster that has a warming effect on the body. Eating the root will increase sweating and protect the skin from infections. The root is especially effective against colds and flu in the winter.
Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory compound that can relieve inflammatory conditions such as arthritis.
Prevents colds and the flu
As we mentioned previously, ginger is great against colds and the flu and has been used as a remedy for both problems for centuries. If you’re suffering from a cold, drink 2-3 cups of ginger tea to quickly relieve it.
Prevents colon cancer
According to a study from the University of Minnesota, ginger can inhibit the growth of colon cancer cells and prevent the disease.
Prevents ovarian cancer
Studies have shown that ginger root powder can effectively fight ovarian cancer cells.
Reinforces the immune system
Consume a bit of ginger every day to strengthen your immune system and prevent a variety of ailments.
Prevents morning sickness
Ginger has a 75% success rate in curing morning sickness and stomach flu.
Ginger can relieve nausea caused by chemotherapy, surgery or pregnancy safely and without side-effects. The root works by inhibiting serotonin receptors in the body and relieving the nausea at gut and brain levels both.