With summer approaching, the thought of cold beverages is front and centre. Unfortunately, most people reach for a soda or some form of alcohol (or worse, combine the two), which has direct negative implications on your digestive system. The good news is that you can clean up some of your beverages, and still enjoy the taste you crave. Let’s start with a homemade ginger ale.


The purpose of this recipe is to provide an alternative to the typical soda that is often laced with refined sugar (often HFCS), phosphoric acid, and other artificial ingredients that really give your digestive system a deadly punch.

In this recipe we will use real ingredients, and eliminate the harmful sugar and phosphoric acid so you can enjoy your ginger ale and have your digestive system thank you.

Equipment Required
  • Small pot
  • Strainer
  • 3 1/2 cups of filtered or spring water
  • 4 inch piece of ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tbsp of vanilla extract (non-alcoholic)
  • 3 tsp lemon oil (or use 1-2 freshly squeezed lemons, to taste)
  • Stevia, to taste
  • Add at end: 1 cup sparkling mineral water
  • Boil ginger in water for 10 minutes.
  • Strain out ginger pieces and pour juice into a jar.
  • Add vanilla, lemon, and stevia. Taste, and adjust to your liking.
  • Cool and store in fridge as a concentrate, preferably overnight for best flavour.
  • Add 1/8 to 1/4 of syrup to 8 oz of sparkling mineral water and serve.
  • On those warm days and the fancy hits you.
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Derek Henry

Derek Henry, Founder of Healing the Body and the THRIVE Academy, used nutrition, supplementation, and a holistic lifestyle to naturally unravel 13 chronic disease conditions that conventional or alternative medical professionals couldn't help him resolve. As a result of this one-in-a-million health transformation and the knowledge acquired in the process, he now educates, coaches, and inspires others to transform their health through a natural and holistic approach. Since 2014, he has helped his THRIVE Academy participants heal over 20 different chronic disease conditions, primarily related to digestive and autoimmune concerns.

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