Improve your gut health with these two magic foods

Improve your gut health with these two magic foods

Adding garlic and ginger to your diet will improve your gut health.

  • Garlic is a prebiotic food in raw form and is therefore excellent food for the gut bacteria.
  • Garlic boosts your immune system, and is known as “Nature’s penicillin”.
  • Ginger is an anti-inflammatory and also boosts your immune system.
  • Ginger is a well studied digestive aide, improving digestion and decreasing indigestion.  

A great way to enjoy both ginger and garlic is in a dressing or marinade. 

Asian Ginger Dressing

This dressing is great on a salad, especially salads with cabbage. It is also a delicious marinade for steak, chicken, shrimp, tofu or fish or as a sauce over stir fry.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger root
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. In a sealable container or mason jar, combine all ingredients.
  2. Cover the jar with a tight fitting lid, and shake well.
  3. Remove the lid and heat jar in the microwave for 1 minute to dissolve the honey.
  4. Let cool and shake well before serving.
  5. Store covered in the refrigerator.

Garlic and ginger can both be challenging to prepare. 

One of my favorite cooking tips is from Geoffrey Zakarian, a chef and judge on Chopped on the Food Network:

Use the edge of a spoon to scrape the skin from fresh ginger root to expose the edible part.

One of my favorite kitchen tools is a microplane.

Instead of getting smelly garlic fingers from mincing or trying to chop stringy ginger root, I prefer to use a microplane.

Grating fresh ginger and garlic on a microplane results in a paste, which easily incorporates into dressings, sauces and marinades.

Garlic and ginger improve your gut health by providing prebiotic food to your gut bacteria and improving immune function and digestion.

I hope you feel encouraged to add these foods to your diet. Please reach out with any questions or for further suggestions or recipes. I always love to hear from you!