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By Dr. Justin Marchegiani
In today’s video, you are in my kitchen and we’re going to be making my ginger tea recipe. Now I use this ginger tea recipe to help reduce inflammation. It is significantly helpful for die-off reactions. So anytime you’re doing a parasite killing program or an H. pylori killing program or a fungal, any type of antimicrobial program, the die-off or the Herxheimer’s reaction can create symptoms. The die-off or Herxheimer’s reaction is nothing more than your body having to process the dead debris and the various biotoxins.
Die-off reaction Symptoms
Typically, they’re going to be fatigue, malaise, could be a little bit achy, maybe a headache. It could be an exacerbation of any of the current symptoms that you’re dealing with.
The ginger is excellent because it’s a natural prokinetic. What that means is it helps keep things flowing in your body. When you have like a delayed gastric emptying or food sits in your intestinal tract too long, you can reabsorb a lot of toxins and debris. So if you’re doing gut killing and all those biotoxins and endotoxins and mycotoxins go back into your system, and you have slower transit time, your chance of reabsorbing those toxins is much higher.
Ginger Health Benefits
So the ginger helps keep things moving. It’s an anticoagulant which means it keeps things from congealing and clotting and becoming more viscous, so it keeps things looser. Also, it lowers blood pressure and it’s like an enzyme where it keeps things flowing. It breaks up things, keeps things flowing out of your body faster which means less die-off reactions.
Ginger is an anti-inflammatory. It’s an antiviral and antibacterial. So it’s one of the best things to drink if you have a throat issue, like an itchy throat or sore throat. My wife actually has a little throat infection right now and we’re having her gin–drink the ginger tea throughout the day. So that’s very profound.
How To Make Ginger Tea
So I’m going to just show you the basics of the ginger tea.
- Little bit of honey (optional)
- Little bit of lime
- Cayenne (optional)
I try not to do the honey unless I feel like I need it just because the honey can add just a little bit of sugar. But it can also take a little bit of that spice off the ginger and make it a little bit more soothing on the throat. So figure out how it works for you.)
If you have a FODMAP issue or a fungal issue and that honey is feeding it and making your gut or the fungus worse, the honey would be optional. So I’m going to make it a couple different ways with just the ginger by itself. And then I’ll show you how to add in the lime and the honey is obviously optional. You can just add in a quarter teaspoon or a teaspoon to a tablespoon, depending on how much you like to handle.
1. Put the ginger in the Vitamix
So off the bat, the first thing is we get our ginger. So I get organic fresh ginger from Whole Foods totally rock just like this. Now this is about two servings’ worth, so about 1, 2, 3 of these nubs or so is about one serving. So this is about two good servings. It’ll make about twenty five ounces of tea or so, really good ginger tea.
Now, I’m going to take this guy here. I’m going to throw it in my Vitamix. These things are like the Cadillacs of blenders. They are wicked awesome, totally good. They knock things up and will liquefy almost anything, so make sure you have a lid. So you can see I got about that much water in there. This will make about one serving or so. It should come out like almost like a paste, like kind of a gelatinous kind of flowing paste. I’m going to just throw it in like this and we’ll blend it up like so. Make sure you put your lid on. I got my little mallet here if I have to whack it down in case the gears don’t grab it.
So we’ll just start it off on low here, we will grind away. And you’ll see it’ll start to catch a little bit. Once we click it up. Alright and that’s it. So we got the ginger all blended up here. This is the key part.
2. Pour the ginger in the French press
Now I already have some hot water boiled right here. So what we’re going to do really simply is we’re going to take my French press. You can see we got a really good French press. This is by La Cafetière and you can see on it there’s absolutely no plastic parts where some of the bottom ones they actually have some plastic components up in here. You don’t want the BPA or the various estrogenic compounds that you get in those plastics. So we’re going to use this. I’m going to take my ginger. I’m going to pour in here like so. So you can see it is pretty pasty.
Now you don’t have to use a French press. The reason why I do is you get a lot of fiber and it becomes like a very fibrous drink. It’s not nearly as pleasing to drink. So we use the French press.
Now I know for me to do two 16 ounces, to do two of these guys right here, full–these are the Klean Kanteens I use–I got to fill it up to about here which is about 32 ounces for me. So we’ll feed that–we’ll fill it up actually. We’ll feed it up here and that’s boiling water and again we’re using filtered water, chlorine free, fluoride-free.
We got a reverse osmosis system at my house so and we also have one that puts minerals back in, so that’s a really important piece to the puzzle because you don’t want to use water that’s got contaminants in it.
3. Add the lime
Here’s my organic lime. So you can do it with the lime or not. We’ll just use one with our–our lime presses here. We’ll throw it in just like this and we’ll squeeze it right in.
4. Add the honey
5. Add the cayenne
Now you could add honey at this point or a little bit of cayenne. I’m not going to do any honey. I’m actually out right now, but I don’t like to do too much of it. If I do, I typically do about a half a teaspoon. The recipe calls for about 1 to 1 tablespoon, so I try to always keep on the lighter side. So now we have our ginger tea right here like so. So I’ll just stir it up.
6. Let the ginger tea sit for 4-5 minutes
Once it sits, it’s kind of been able to breathe and the water is soaking up a lot of the ginger oil in the ginger, basically a lot of the essence and the active ingredient that makes it work, and then we’re going to press it down.
We want the fibers to really–all the natural compounds in the fibers to release into the water. If we press it down too soon, then a lot of the oils will still be in the fiber at the bottom. So I want to make sure I give it enough time, so when I press it down I’ve extracted all of those active constituents in the ginger. So we’ll just give it a few more minutes here.
It’s been sitting here for about a few minutes here soaking all the ginger in our French press. We got one of these Klean Kanteen mugs. I’m a huge fan of them. You can put the ginger in here, get an insulated top that is not a plastic which is important, and then you could pour in here and let it sit for–for the most part, four to six hours, and it’ll stay very warm for you. It won’t get cold either, which is perfect. So you just throw it in like this and you turn it and you’re set.
Summary & Recommendations
- We start off with some fresh ginger, organic ginger.
- We got to have the right tools. So a Vitamix will work. If you want to go a little bit budget, the Magic Bullet also works well. I tried that last week. That works great. So Magic Bullet is like 80 bucks. The Vitamix at about $300. So a couple ways you can do it.
- A good French press is important, I like the La Cafetière. You can find some ones online. That’s going to help stringe out all of the–filter out all the fiber that’s gonna make it the drink not so pleasurable, if you will.
- You can add in some good wild clover or honey. These are optional.
- The next pieces are going to be the lime and/or the cayenne. For me, I typically just do the lime. I do the ginger and the honey I do every now and then. I typically don’t do the cayenne because it makes the drink a little bit too hot and spicy for me where I just don’t enjoy it. So for me, we’re just doing the ginger, fresh ground with the lime in there, and typically you can add in the honey if you want and if you enjoy cayenne, feel free and add it in.
So now that it’s been going like, we just take our French press like so. And here’s our ginger and we just press it right down and–and you’ll see what will happen is it’ll just filter out all of the grounds. Now I had to learn the hard way. I did this for months where I just sat down and just slurped all of the fiber to the ginger and it was not fun at all. So it takes about a few seconds to press it down. The fiber in here is pretty thick so you got to just kind of muscle it, and then once we get it down like so, we’re going to put it in our Klean Kanteen and we can sip it throughout the day.
So if you’re one doing this because you have a viral infection or an active sore throat, great to sip throughout the day. If you’re on a die-off reaction program because you have parasite infection or a bacterial infection, you can sip that throughout the day as well and that’ll be phenomenal.
Again, this video is for anyone in the public and mostly for my patients that are wondering how to do it. This is how I actually do it and I don’t have any of my patients do anything that I don’t do or haven’t done in the past. So you can see here, here’s our French press, we’re good. And we can just pour our ginger right into our mug, like so.
Now this actually gives me a full mug and I can store it like this throughout the day. And the Klean Kanteen is nice because you can just kind of carry it around or attach it to your bag and it stays pretty good. And the next pieces you can take in, you can pour into your mug, like so. We can just throw it right into one of the mugs like so, and you can see here it’s pretty clear. There’s no fiber in it and here’s to an excellent ginger drink and may it help your health and your die-off reactions be as good as they possibly can. Hope everyone enjoyed this video.