Ginger: Helpful or harmful for the stomach?


Ginger is one of the best-known remedies for relieving cold symptoms— it can actually kill the rhino virus that causes a cold. Plus, it’s been known to help with motion sickness and to calm an upset stomach. We checked in with our alternative medicine expert, The Medicine Hunter, for more:

“Ginger stimulates the production of bile and so as such it’s a beneficial digestive aid. But if you don’t have anything in your stomach— as it turns out this particular woman was drinking ginger tea on an empty stomach— it can sometimes cause… enough gastric stimulation that you can get some digestive distress,”  “It’s not a typical reaction. In fact, it’s rather uncommon, but it can happen.”

To avoid gastric upset while still getting anti-inflammatory benefits,  those with a sensitive digestive system have a bit of food in their stomachs and only drink modest amounts of ginger tea— one cup at a time.

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Quick and Iced Tea Recipe:

Ginger Iced Tea (recipe serves 8 )

1. Tea Bags – 5
2. Water – 1 quart
3. Fresh ginger – 1 inch piece sliced into thin pieces
4. Sugar to taste

1. Crush ginger.
2. Heat the water and steep the tea bags in it with the ginger.
3. Steep over a simmered flame for about 10 minutes.
4. Once done steeping, strain out the ginger and tea bags, and add to a pitcher.
5. Add sugar and stir.
6. Cool well and serve over ice.

Source: Health me up