Ginger: Nature’s Digestion Aid… and More!

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Ginger is a root or rhizome that grows underground and is commonly used as a seasoning, although it may also be consumed candied, dried, or even pickled. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, ginger has been used to enhance digestion and treat an upset stomach and nausea for over 2,000 years.

Ginger with mintGinger is known to have huge positive effects on the digestive tract as it assists in the digestion of fatty foods and proteins. Using ginger improves the appetite and is widely known as an effective natural digestive aid.

A recent study, published in the European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, found that ginger, in fact, stimulates digestion by speeding up the movements of food from the stomach into the upper small intestine. It may also be used to relieve gas and bloating, can improve bowel movement, and when it is taken in the form of tea, it is known as an effective remedy for heartburn. Ginger also has anti-inflammatory effects that make it a positive choice in treating arthritis.

In addition, ginger is known to prevent various symptoms associated with motion sickness, and can reduce cold sweats and dizziness. Ginger can also be a helpful aid with morning sickness during pregnancy.

According to the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, ginger aids the digestive tract by toning muscles in the intestine and stimulating the breakdown of food particles.

This activity improves motility in the gastrointestinal tract and assists in transporting food and other substances out of the intestines. This is why ginger can aid in soothing gas pains, as well as help your digestion and metabolize fats.

According to an article from the Bastyr Center for Natural Health, Dr. Rebecca Chollet, a naturopathic doctor, says, “Since low gastric motility has been associated with the digestive symptoms for which ginger is frequently used, if ginger improves the movement of food through the upper digestive tract in people with digestive problems, this could help to explain how it exerts its benefits.”

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