Ginger root in gastrointestinal diseases: action, benefits and harms
Ginger root is a universal remedy that helps to cope with a variety of ailments of the human body, you just need to choose the most optimal recipe for creating a healing remedy. How to properly use such an ingredient for gastrointestinal problems and what you should know about the features of its use in various diseases of the digestive system - read on.
Ginger root: chemical composition, healing properties, treatment of gastrointestinal diseases
Ginger root contains a large number of useful vitamin-mineral components, the main of which will be the following:
- vitamins : A, C, D, E, H, K, PP, group B (including B2, B5, B6, B9, B12);
- amino acids omega-3 and omega-6;
- fatty acids : linoleic, caprylic, oleic;
- mineral compounds : calcium, chromium, magnesium, iron, potassium, manganese, sodium, phosphorus, silicon, aluminum.
In addition, the indicated product contains essential oils, dietary fiber and a very useful substance asparagine, which is a constituent component of a large number of proteins, in particular those involved in the regulation of the human central nervous system.
Given the rich chemical composition of the plant, it is not surprising that the root has a huge number of healing properties, many of which are relevant in the treatment of stomach and intestinal problems.
- The list of the most noticeable effects should include the following:
- antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial;
- antiseptic and bactericidal;
- mild laxative, choleretic and carminative;
- antitoxic (especially relevant for food poisoning);
- salivary (with a significant content of the digestive enzyme in saliva).
In addition, the ginger root perfectly stimulates blood circulation, removes excess cholesterol from the body, improves the tone of the heart muscle, stimulates and tones up, which makes it a very effective medicine not only for gastrointestinal disorders, but also for liver, heart and even sexual disorders, not to mention improving the condition of the skin, which is especially important in the cosmetology sphere.
Important! The presence of an increased amount of harmful substances (in particular, in the stomach) can be determined by the characteristic feeling of heaviness in the abdomen, increased fatigue, lack of appetite and the appearance of halitosis.
The effectiveness of the treatment of digestive problems with the help of the mentioned root will depend on the type and stage of the disease, as well as the individual characteristics of the human body: not everyone can safely use the plant.
Ginger for diseases of the stomach and intestines: the benefits and harms whether digestion
Tinctures, decoctions and just tea based on ginger root are indicated for a variety of disorders of the human digestive system, the main thing is not to make a mistake in the dosage of the constituent components when creating this or that drink (always taking into account the specifics of the problem).
Ginger for gastritis
The possibility of using medicinal compositions based on ginger root depends on the type of ailment. With low acidity, such drugs are allowed for use, but with high acidity, it is not worth using them, which is explained by the presence in the plant of a large number of burning constituents, which can irritate already inflamed mucous membranes even more.
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Ginger root is not able to cope with gastritis alone, but if you like tea on the basis of plants and drink it for the prevention of other diseases, then with low acidity of the stomach during the period of remission of the disease, you should not exclude the drink from your daily diet, although the amount of root used should be reduced .
With low and high acidity
If there are no signs of gastritis, but the problem of high or low acidity is already relevant, do not abuse the funds based on ginger root. If with a reduced amount of acid in the stomach, ginger tea or ginger-honey water can be used and in some cases will even be useful (30 cups before meals, 0.5 cup each), then with increased acidity the possibility of using such infusions should definitely be discussed with your doctor: in some situations they are prohibited, while in others it is possible to use cold ginger water an hour before the main meal.
Did you know? Ginger caused one of the names of a group of famous sweet treats to appear. The fact is that in ancient times in Russia gingerbread cookies brought from Europe were very popular, on the basis of which Russian chefs began to make their own spicy version, called the “gingerbread”.
Sometimes blackberry, mint or lemon balm leaves are added to the drink, which not only improve the taste of the finished drug, but also make it more useful. It is possible to reduce the acidity of the stomach with a pumpkin, cooked on a mixture of milk and ginger water, in a combination of 1: 2.
From belching and heartburn
In the fight against heartburn and frequent burping - ginger is one of the first means of help. It improves digestive processes and reduces inflammation by absorbing bile acid . A good remedy for the quick elimination of heartburn is based only on a freshly chopped root of the plant, 2 tsp of which must be filled with 300 ml of boiling water. After two hours of infusion, the drink is filtered and taken three times a day, 50 ml each (preferably half an hour before the main meal).
We advise you to read about the use of ginger on an empty stomach.
The same infusion will improve the condition for nausea and even vomiting, but if you wish, you can replace it with several slices of ginger and one slice of cinnamon, drenched in one glass of hot water. The specified ingredients should be infused for five minutes and only after that the product can be drunk, preferably in the morning.
For stomach upsets
Indigestion is an extremely unpleasant problem caused by increased activity of pathogens that have been ingested with food. In this case, the bactericidal and antiseptic properties of the ginger root are relevant, and in order to achieve the maximum positive effect from the use of the plant, you can brew it on the basis of a mixture of yogurt and boiled water.
To normalize the performance of the intestine with frequent spasms and constipation, both a regular ginger infusion and a combination of root with radish or even coffee, which, like the rest of the ingredients, should be infused and not steamed, will help. The antispasmodic properties of ginger root are better revealed if you prepare a fresh plant grated and filled with a glass of boiling water . To improve the taste characteristics and better disclosure of all the properties of the plant, you can add black ground pepper and soy sauce to the infusion.
Important! Whatever recipe you use, any infusion must be filtered before use to get the cleanest fluid possible.
The strong antioxidant abilities of ginger root are explained by the presence of gingerol in its composition, which can also have an analgesic effect. The remaining components of the plant effectively increase the production of gastric juice and neutralize the action of stomach acids, which also reduces pain .
As in many other cases, for the preparation of a medicinal drug, it is enough just to pour a small amount of grated ginger root with boiling water and, after insisting, to use in small portions. To sweeten and generally improve the taste of the finished product, honey and lemon can be added to the mixture.
Unfortunately, with a stomach ulcer, the ginger root is completely useless and will not be able to contribute to the solution of this problem. Moreover, the use of tea at the time of exacerbation of the disease is very dangerous for humans, since it threatens with a serious complication of the condition.
That is, ginger tea can only be used as a prophylaxis for the development of ulcers, but with a confirmed diagnosis it will have to be excluded even at the time of remission.
Video: Ginger for stomach ulcers
In case of poisoning
The antitoxic properties of ginger make an infusion based on it a good option to eliminate the unpleasant consequences of food poisoning, in particular after eating mushrooms. Tea with the root of the plant perfectly eliminates discomfort and nausea, and also contributes to the rapid improvement of overall well-being . In this case, both fresh ginger and dried rhizome are suitable for preparing a medicinal potion.
A painless cleansing of the intestines from toxins and toxins is possible by combining ginger water, black elderberry, aloe leaf, fruits or fennel stalks. After 12 hours of insisting and filtering the mixture, it will be ready for use, but only no more than one glass per day and between main meals.
The soft relaxing effect of the ginger root contributes to the rapid removal of excess food debris, which may well cause intoxication of the body.
Recipes of traditional medicine with benefits for the stomach and intestines
The use of ginger for the human body is confirmed not only by alternative, but also traditional medicine, though it is folk remedies with the presence of the described plant that are used most often. There are many possible recipes for eliminating gastrointestinal problems, so you should rely on the characteristics of your condition and the nature of the problem.
This liquid is the basis for the preparation of many healing drinks, but can also be used in its pure form. To create it, 1 teaspoon of ginger root juice must be dissolved in a glass of boiled water, and then taken in accordance with the characteristics of a specific ailment (for example, high or low acidity). Dry juice can replace juice, 1/3 of a teaspoon of which is poured with the same glass of boiling water and insisted for at least 30 minutes.
Cooking ginger honey is an even simpler task, because for this 1 tbsp. a spoonful of plant root juice should be mixed with 500 ml of liquid homemade honey. If desired, the amount of juice is changed, focusing on their taste preferences. In any case, the finished product will be used according to the standard scheme: honey is added to tea for 1-2 teaspoons per glass. In total, you can drink up to three servings of tea infusion with ginger honey.
Ginger honey water
This recipe for making ginger water is used more often than the previous one, due to the improved taste properties of the finished drink. All that is required to make such a healthy drink is to add 2 teaspoons of ginger honey to a glass of ordinary ginger water, prepared according to the above recipe.
Did you know? In severe stressful situations, ginger acts as an easy sedative, so ginger tea can be used to normalize sleep or just to calm down after a hard day's work.
The finished mixture is usually drunk in 0.5 cups up to three times a day, although in some situations this norm can be changed (in accordance with the characteristics of a particular problem).
Ginger oil is used to relax and relieve pain, with both muscle and individual internal organs . For this reason, it is often used for bloating or an enlarged gallbladder, simply rubbing into the skin at the site of discomfort. Preparing such a tool is not difficult: first, wash and grate a fresh ginger root, then pour it with ordinary vegetable oil and leave it to stand in a dark place for several weeks. In the future, you can store the finished substance in the refrigerator.
Nutmeg Ginger Yogurt Drink
This drink, in addition to its high beneficial properties, is also characterized by a very pleasant taste, therefore this recipe is especially popular for indigestion . To prepare a medicinal drug, you need to mix yogurt with water in a ratio of 1: 1, and then add to them ¼ teaspoon of ginger powder and nutmeg (per 1 glass).
Ginger with black pepper and soy sauce
This recipe for creating a ginger drink will be appropriate for cramping in the intestines and stomach . For 1 teaspoon of fresh grated ginger you need to take a glass of boiling water and after mixing add a pinch of ground black pepper to them (it is advisable to grind the peas before preparing the drink directly).
The last thing added to the mixture is soy sauce (no more than 20 drops), after which it remains only to mix all the ingredients again, cool the mixture and strain. Use the medicine as needed, as soon as there are unpleasant pain.
Wine tincture on ginger and lemon zest
Wine tincture with ginger and lemon zest helps to improve well-being with atony of the stomach and poor appetite . To create a medicinal drink in 1 liter of homemade wine, add 100 g of ginger root crushed into powder and the zest of one lemon. Having mixed all the ingredients well, the finished mixture must be infused for 14 days, at the end of which the drug is filtered and consumed for 2-3 tbsp. tablespoons before meals and immediately after the next meal.
Ginger water flaxseed with propolis tincture
Flax and propolis tincture in combination with ginger root can be a good prophylactic to prevent stomach and duodenal ulcers . Having prepared ginger water according to the above recipe, it is necessary to cook flax seeds in it, so that as a result a jelly-like mixture is obtained. A few drops of alcohol tincture are added to the finished product, in the calculation of 5-7 drops per half a glass of jelly. Take the drug up to eight times a day.
Rosehip ginger water
Rosehip infusion on ginger water is often recommended for low acidity of the stomach, although it will be useful as a prophylactic. In this case, for 1 cup of hot ginger water you need to take 30 rosehip berries and after mixing in a thermos insist for 12 hours. The finished product is consumed in small sips throughout the day.
Important! Sometimes this infusion is recommended for gastritis, and even with signs of bleeding. However, such a serious diagnosis requires competent treatment, so you should not rely solely on alternative recipes.
Rules for preparation, brewing and use
Making ginger drinks is not such an easy task as it might seem at first glance. In order for the finished infusion or tea to bring maximum benefits, it is worth knowing about the important rules for preparing the drug, many of which were passed down from generation to generation. The main recommendations include the following recommendations:
- To get a highly concentrated composition of the finished drink, boiling the ginger root will take at least 15 minutes, and it is necessary on a small fire, guaranteeing the safety of volatile substances. At the end of the cooking process, remove the mixture from the heat and cool to 37 ° C.
- Lemon and honey should be added only to a slightly cooled drink, otherwise the use of these ingredients will be minimal.
- The easiest way to make tea in a thermos . For this, the ginger root cut into pieces is poured with boiling water and insisted in a closed vessel for at least two hours, and then consumed 100-150 ml at a time during the day. The advantage of this method is the ability to use tea regardless of meals, and the only condition at the stage of preparation of the drink will be the use of one middle root in 2 liters of water. For taste, you can add honey or honey syrup.
- When using dry powder from ginger root, it is best to prepare a healing broth in a water bath, using a porcelain vessel with a capacity of 0.5 l. For such a volume, 2 tbsp is enough. tablespoons of powder, which after filtering the broth can be used as ordinary tea leaves. The resulting liquid was diluted with water in a ratio of 1: 3.
- Do not use the finished product for longer than one day . Ideally, for each new meal, you should prepare a new portion of ginger tea.
- Despite all the possible benefits of ginger, there are many contraindications to the use of this plant and, first of all, they include:
- any allergic manifestations, including those not related to the use of ginger (if a person is prone to allergies, it is likely that from ginger his condition only worsen);
- язву желудка и двенадцатиперстной кишки, особенно при повышенной кислотности (горький корень только усилит изжогу, сильнее нарушая пищеварительные процессы);
- панкреатит (во время обострения состояния запрещено употребление даже малых доз имбирных напитков или маринованного корня, так как в любом виде растение будет ещё сильнее раздражать слизистую, вместо того чтобы лечить её);
- склонность к кровотечениям, в том числе и геморроидальным;
- проблемы с жёлчным пузырём и почками, выражающимися в накоплении песка и камней внутри органов (при употреблении большого количества имбиря или его регулярном применении возможно движение камней и песка, с повреждением слизистой оболочки);
- кожные заболевания аллергического и инфекционного характера (активная перистальтика кишечника отрицательно сказывается на состоянии кожных покровов, ухудшая состояние больного);
- сердечные недуги и заболевания всей сердечно-сосудистой системы (при одновременном применении имбиря и гипотензивных препаратов, эффективность последних может снижаться). [/ ul
С осторожностью следует употреблять имбирный чай женщинам в период беременности и кормления грудью, а также не стоит давать напиток малышам до трёхлетнего возраста. В любом из этих случаев сложно предугадать влияние растения на пищеварительную систему ребёнка, поэтому лучше не рисковать его здоровьем.
Любое лекарственное средство будет положительно действовать на организм только при его употреблении в умеренных количествах, поэтому неважно хотите ли вы успешно сжигать лишние калории или используете имбирные напитки для устранения различных недугов, не болеть больше можно только при дозированном применении растения.