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Why Ginger Is Good For Your Health: Hidden Benefits Of Ginger Revealed!

Update Date: May 09, 2016 06:01 AM EDT

Ginger is an ancient wonder spice and is given the status of a "natural medicine chest" in ancient Indian medicine. Ginger is a wonder spice that has been time-tested, has digestion-friendly properties,  in addition to its numerous other health benefits.

Ginger has a long history of use for relieving digestive problems such as nausea, loss of appetite, motion sickness and pain. The root or underground stem of the ginger plant can be consumed fresh, powdered, dried as a spice, in oil form or as juice.

Try some fresh ginger just before a meal to stoke your digestive fire and support a healthy gut! You can grate it up and squeeze it into a hot tea, add it to juices, baked goods, smoothies and more... experiment and have fun.

Let's give this root a closer look.

- If you're pregnant, try using it with tea, soup, or capsules - up to 250 milli­grams four times a day. If you chose a carbonated beverage, make sure it's made from real ginger. You can also nib­ble crystallized ginger.

- Chewing ginger can help in preventing motion sickness. It calms the pyloric valve that is located at the base of the stomach that allows the stomach or abdomen to operate normally. It contains gingerols and shogaols that block the chemoreceptor trigger zone that initiates vomiting. Another option would be taking an encapsulated form of ginger between 30 minutes to two hours prior to travelling.

- In a recent study on the use of gin­ger to thwart postoperative nausea, the dose was 500 milligrams 30 minutes before surgery and 500 milligrams 2 hours after surgery. Otherwise, ginger is usually not recommended during the seven to ten days leading up to surgery because of its ef­fect on blood clotting. Discuss the use of ginger with your surgeon or anesthesiologist before trying it.

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