Okay, so most y’all know that I love to poke fun at clickbait headlines that I see circulating on social media. This is another one of those. However, I do actually have something that’s been pretty big for me since I started the last month. I promise not to turn this into a regular food/health blog… you know, unless I get a lot of clicks on this… anyway…
I’ve had really bad acid reflux since I was about 14-15 years old. This is before I went into sedentary work environment and gained a bit of weight. Back then I was pretty healthy, and that just continued through the rest of my life. As many members of my family have it, and my grandfather actually died a pretty horribly slow and painful stomach cancer death, pretty sure it’s just hereditary digestive problems.
And I found a miracle cure.
I went to Jamba Juice on a whim when I was at spring training, as it was 90+ degrees out in AZ in early March and was happy to find anything to cool off. That’s where I discovered Ginger Shots. It sounded nasty — and it is nasty. Jamba puts in 1 oz. of Ginger Juice + 1 oz. of Lemon juice + Cayenne Pepper sprinkled on top. Yuck!
Only I ate like a disaster that day with beers and hot dogs at the baseball game — and I didn’t get heartburn.
I couldn’t believe it. I felt good. The next day I had no stomach issues. So I went to Jamba again and did the same thing for several days. I tested it through everything, and yes while this works better if I don’t eat a completely toxic diet, I found that my heartburn had pretty much gone away after a couple of weeks of this. I had more energy, and I felt better. That is also when I decided to change my diet and went on to read nutrisystem versus jenny craig in Prodiets to find a diet plan which would be ideal for me as I was planning to start working out as well.
Target had a nice juicer on sale so while Jamba gives you completely fresh squeezed, it’s also not feasible to head out there and pay for that every day (though their pre-9 a.m. “happy hour” for $1 isn’t bad). What I did was get a bunch of ginger root and squeeze the juice into a ketchup bottle I picked up at target, which gives me about 6-7 days worth of the juice. Same with the lemons. Then it’s just pouring it every morning. Easy.
I know there’s all sorts of actual scientific articles on lemon juice and ginger and cayenne, go look that up if you care. Just reporting what I tested and verified in me. Try it and see if it helps you!