Why is Ginger so Good for Your Tummy?
Ginger is everywhere- ginger ale, cookies, sushi restaurants, natural supplements. Personally, whenever I have the flu, I've been told to drink ginger ale, and have recently been taking ginger pastilles, which are chewable, and helped my nausea almost instantly. Ginger is used in tons of different places as a spice, a tea, and sometimes even as an aphrodisiac. I got to thinking…why is this? Everyone I know seems to accept that ginger is great for your digestion. But why?
Ginger has three important natural oils, which help provide its distinctive flavor and many positive properties. These oils are gingerols, shogaols and zingerone. Gingerols have been shown in laboratory studies to increase gastric motility. This often helps to prevent nausea, cramping and diarrhea. Gingerols also have been shown to have antibacterial, analgesic, and sedative properties. Oil from ginger (which contains a significant amount of gingerols) has been shown to prevent skin cancer in mice. Ginger oil has also been shown (anecdotally) to help ease the symptoms of arthritis. Arthritis suffers simply rub it into their affected joints, and let its anti-inflammatory properties go to work.
Ginger has a sialogogue action, which stimulates the production of saliva. It also stimulates the production of bile, which is a great for a patient with digestion problems, but should be used with caution by someone with gallstones. The combination of additional saliva, inflammation reduction and an increase in gastric motility all combine to make ginger one of the best natural supplements for your stomach and gastric tract's comfort.
In countries where ginger beverages are common, they are often given to patients with stomach problems or the flu. This is due to the many positive properties of ginger, and a (generally) great taste. Ginger ale is a great way for extremely sick kids to get some fluids.
If you or your child is have a hard time with your tummy, or other gastrointestinal symptoms (cramping, bloating) talk to your doctor about domperidone. Brand-named Motilium, this medication is great for reducing symptoms such as vomiting and other stomach pains. It is used by gastroparesis patients to help their bodies digest faster, and control the stomach's acids. Talk to your doctor about whether or not you should buy Motilium. If you do, consider buying the significantly less expensive generic Motilium domperidone.
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