Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy find himself with the clock ticking down to Happy Hour Friday. The NSAID side effect critters have unleashed an attack on his stomach. Scientists from the DMARD institute have advised on the reduction or elimination of alcoholic beverage consumption. And if that was not enough, the Inflammation monster is getting in some pretty strong punches. It looks as though this might be the end for Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy!
But wait – Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy runs into a nearby bar and whips together a mocktail that not only tastes great, but it’s good for your body. Once again, Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy saves the day (or at least, Happy Hour Friday).
These are the four main ingredients of my mocktail. Recipe follows.
Ginger – Ginger has long been used in India to treat inflammation and pain. Studies have shown that in patients with autoimmune disease, ginger is helpful in providing relief to some arthritic symptoms. Ginger is also excellent for the stomach as it assists in reducing inflammation related to ulcerative colitis and digestive disturbances.
Mint – Mint is well known for its ability to sooth the digestive tract and reduce the severity and length of stomach aches. Mint has also shown great promise at easing the discomfort associated with irritable bowel syndrome, and even at slowing the growth of many of the most harmful bacteria and fungi.
Pineapple – Bromelain, an important enzyme found in pineapple, has been found to be a useful anti-inflammatory, effective in reducing swelling and assisting in the treatment of arthritis and gout. Pineapple is high in oxidants and full of manganese, a mineral essential for the body’s energy production.
7Up – Okay I’m not exactly sure what the health benefits of 7Up are, but everytime I got a cold or a flu when I was a little kid I was given my own personal bottle of 7Up to drink as I was in bed recovering. This must have been a 1970s thing, as I think 7UP used to be marketed as good for your health and stomach. Maybe it was the fizz.
Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy Mocktail
Put some ice cubes in a tall glass and fill with half Pineapple Juice and half 7Up. Add 1-2 tablespoons of Ginger Mint Syrup, to taste. Garnish with a fresh mint leaf. Enjoy!
Ginger Mint Syrup
-Medium piece of unpeeled ginger root, approx. 3-4 inches, chopped
-Small bunch of fresh mint, chopped
-1 cup sugar
-2 cups water
Mix sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Add ginger root and mint and simmer over low heat for five minutes. Remove from heat, cover, and allow to cool for one hour. Strain syrup and store in airproof container. Keep refrigerated.
Tomorrow marks the one week anniversary of my blog launch, so I will be celebrating by drinking my mocktail. If you have your own favorite superhero mocktail recipe, please do share!
Stay tuned…for the next adventure of Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy!