You may have heard by now that ginger is excellent for improving digestion and releasing bloating. Here’s a way to get your ginger in without also picking up extra unwanted ingredients. Ever tried making fresh ginger tea?
Ginger can be a pretty intense flavor so it’s often accompanied by sugar. I admit I used to be addicted to ginger chews which are really just a glorified version of candied ginger!
My mother used to keep gingerale around the house as a magical tonic for when us girls were feeling sick. Upset stomach? Out it came. I still have those associations even though I haven’t drunk soda in years. It’s funny now that I realize it was the ginger that we were seeking out. So why not remove the middleman?
When to Drink Ginger Tea
Before a meal
- To help increase digestibility, especially of greasy, unhealthy food
When feeling bloated or nauseous
- To help ease stomach discomfort and release built up gas
Before a flight
- To combat motion sickness
As a hangover cure
- To settle your stomach and relieve nausea
- Doses as small as those in tea or food are safe for mothers-to-be, according to Dr. Andrew Weil, and can help quell morning sickness
What Does Ginger Do?
- stimulates production of saliva, bile, gastric juices, etc.
- drink just before a meal or small amounts during
- prevents gas
- relaxes muscles, relieving cramping
- relaxes muscles to release trapped gas
- less chance of backed up, fermenting food in digestion system
Prevents Acid Reflux
- reduces inflammation
- Boosts blood flow, including flow to organs
So that you always have ginger around: Store a piece of ginger root in the freezer. When you want to make tea, just pull it out and zest/grate it into your mug (or stir-fry for that matter). Then stick it back in the freezer for later.
How to Make Fresh Ginger Tea
- Heat water on stove
- Add about a teaspoon-sized piece of ginger and simmer for 10 minutes
- Strain and squeeze lemon juice in to taste
- Grate 1/2 tsp ginger into a tea ball or strainer and add to a mug.
- Pour hot water over ginger and let sit for a few minutes.
- Add a squeeze of lemon juice to taste.
Honey is often recommended for sweetening ginger tea. Instead, try dropping in a date or two and let it soak for a couple of minutes. You can also add some non-dairy milk to cool it down. Sip and enjoy.
Now your turn. What is your favorite healthy way to relieve nausea or indigestion? Leave it in the comments.