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How To Make Ginger Water

Ginger water is an amazing beverage that can help to improve your overall health. Keep reading to find out how you can make ginger water at home!

Ginger water in mason jar sitting on cutting board.

How to Make Ginger Water at Home

Drinking ginger water everyday is one of my favorite ways to support my overall health. It is easy to make and ginger water has so many amazing health benefits.

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But before we get into the health benefits and why I love it so much, please keep in mind this is not health advice. I am simply sharing why I love ginger water and how you can make it at home if you want to give it a try.

Below are several awesome benefits of drinking ginger water with sources and studies linked.

Ginger Water Benefits

Ginger water can help reduce inflammation in the body. Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and several studies have found that ginger can reduce inflammation and pain.

Check out this 2016 study and this 2000 study.

Ginger also contains antioxidant properties. Drinking ginger water may help prevent heart disease, neurodegenerative diseases, and cancer.

This study found that ginger may be able to slow down kidney disease and this study found that ginger may be able to control some types of cancers.

Ginger water can also help aid digestion and calm an upset stomach. Although I couldn’t find any studies to confirm this, ginger has been well known to help with stomach troubles and has been used by different cultures all over the world for many, many years.

Ginger water may also help with weight loss. This study found that men who drank a ginger beverage after eating felt full longer.

There are many other benefits to drinking ginger water that you can check out here.

For me personally, when I drink ginger water daily I notice reduced joint and muscle pain and an overall improvement in the appearance of my skin.

Also whenever I’m having tummy troubles ginger water is my go-to!

Ginger Water Recipe

There are many different ways to make ginger water. Some people like to heat or boil the ginger. Personally, I don’t like to expose the ginger to heat because I’m concerned that many of the beneficial properties might be destroyed.

I instead blend the ginger down to a pulp and then extract the concentrated juice from the pulp and then dilute it with water.

For this ginger water recipe, which will yield approximately a gallon of ginger water, you will need a gallon of filtered, distilled, or reverse osmosis drinking water and 4 hands of fresh (preferably organic) ginger.

You will also need a vegetable peeler, a small knife, a blender, something to store your ginger water in, and a mesh strainer.

How To Make Ginger Water

First, you’ll need to gather your hands of ginger. To make a gallon of ginger water I use four. Make sure to use the freshest ginger possible and make sure it is organic if possible as well.

I have a hard time finding organic ginger at any of my local grocery stores. Sometimes I can find it at Costco but not always.

So I order organic ginger often from GrubMarket. They sell all kinds of fresh, organic produce at very affordable prices.

If you place an order over $35 you can use this link to get $10 off your purchase.

Fresh ginger lying on a cutting board next to knife.

Peel and chop all of the ginger.

Cut up fresh ginger next to kitchen knife on wooden cutting board.

Add the ginger to the blender and just barely cover the ginger with water. I always use reverse osmosis water but you can also use distilled or filtered.

I recently purchased a Nutribullet and I love it! It’s perfect for making ginger water at home.

Cut up ginger in cup next to blender.

Blend the ginger well until it is a nice pulp consistency. But try not to blend it for too long. You don’t want the heat from the blender to destroy the beneficial properties of the ginger.

Blended up fresh ginger in cup next to blender.

Next, use a mesh strainer or a cheesecloth bag to extract the liquid from the pulp. I personally use an old reusable coffee filter to do this and it works great.

Fresh ginger pulp in cup.

I use a glass fermentation weight to press down and squeeze out every last drop.

Person holding glass fermentation weight.

Next, divide the pulp evenly between your storage containers. I personally use 4 quart mason jars. But you can use whatever you like. You can divide evenly between 8-ounce jars, 16-ounce jars, or just pour all of it into a gallon pitcher.

Choose whatever works best for you or whatever you already have on hand!

Ginger juice in glass mason jars.

Now fill your containers the rest of the way with reverse osmosis, distilled, or filtered water.

Ginger water in glass mason jars on wooden cutting board.

And that is it. You’re done. Make sure to store your ginger water in the refrigerator.

Ginger water in glass mason jars on wooden cutting board.

So even though I love ginger water for its health benefits I am not a huge fan of the taste. So I rarely drink it straight although you absolutely can.

I prefer to add it to my drinking water throughout the day and sometimes I add it to herbal tea.

Adding a little bit of honey or fresh squeezed lemon can definitely help improve the taste as well.

I try to drink 8 ounces of ginger water everyday.

Glass of ginger water on cutting board with gold stainless steel straw.
Homemade Ginger Water Recipe

Homemade Ginger Water Recipe

Yield: 1 Gallon
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes

Ginger water has many amazing health benefits. It can improve the overall appearance of your skin and also help reduce joint pain. This homemade ginger water is so easy to make too!

Ingredients

  • 4 hands of ginger
  • 1 gallon of water

Instructions

    1. Peel and chop the ginger
    2. Add ginger to the blender and just barely cover the ginger with water
    3. Blend the ginger well until it is a nice pulp consistency
    4. Use a mesh strainer or a cheesecloth bag to extract the liquid from the pulp
    5. Divide the pulp evenly between your storage containers
    6. Fill your containers the rest of the way with reverse osmosis, distilled, or filtered water
    7. Store your ginger water in the refrigerator.

Notes

Use fresh ginger. Use organic ginger whenever possible. Always use reverse osmosis, distilled, or filtered water.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 8oz
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 5

Can You Drink Ginger Water Everyday?

You can drink ginger water everyday. Although if you have never drunk it before you might want to start with a small amount, maybe around 4 ounces, and monitor how you feel.

If you feel fine increase up to 8 ounces per day total.

Is It Good To Drink Ginger Water On An Empty Stomach?

Drinking ginger water on an empty stomach can help increase nutritional absorption. But if you have a sensitive tummy I would maybe just drink a tiny bit first and see how you feel before drinking a larger amount on an empty stomach.

How Long Does Ginger Water Stay Good For?

In my experience, ginger water stays good for at least a month when stored in the fridge. But to be honest, ours never lasts that long. I make a gallon at the beginning of the week and it is gone by the end of the week.

Keep in mind the nutritional benefits can decrease the longer it is stored. So drinking it when it is as fresh as possible is always best.

Who Should Not Drink Ginger Water

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding or if you have any type of serious health condition, I would recommend talking to your doctor before drinking ginger water.

Hopefully, I’ve answered any questions you might have about ginger water but if I haven’t please let me know in the comment section below!

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