Everyone knows the saying “You are what you eat” and this is never truer than when it comes to digestive problems. The main functions of the digestive system are the absorption of nutrients and disposal of waste products. If it is not functioning properly, all kinds of problems can occur, causing anything from a little discomfort to a serious disease.
Many people throughout the world suffer from digestive problems such as indigestion, heartburn, bloating, constipation, wind, acid reflux, and diarrhea. Some serious digestive problems include inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), diverticulitis and celiac disease. One of the most common causes of digestive problems is a poor diet leading to nutritional deficiencies. Other causes are lack of exercise, dehydration, stress, not enough sleep and too much alcohol. Long gaps between meals, eating on the run, large rich meals at night, and plenty of greasy, deep-fried food also cause an assault on the digestive system.
Many times digestive problems such as indigestion or heartburn are self-inflicted. Certain foods are harder to digest than others, such as hot, spicy meals. Digestive problems often start in the kitchen and this is where you can begin fixing them. By making some simple changes, you can help your digestive system to do the job it’s meant to do.
Serious pain, blood in the stool, and long-standing chronic digestive problems could be symptoms of a more serious underlying condition and must be investigated. It’s important to have a proper diagnosis and treatment. However, many of the most common digestive issues can easily be treated by using some effective home remedies and making some lifestyle changes.
Ginger should be an essential part of your diet if you suffer from digestive system problems. It is well known to help with nausea and vomiting but it also helps with indigestion, bloating and wind. It acts as a circulatory stimulant, helping to release the digestive juices and enzymes required to digest food properly.
It’s antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and carminative properties all help to support the digestive system and keep it healthy, preventing problems from arising in the first place.
How to add it to your diet
1. Ginger tea
Add about 4 teaspoons of freshly grated ginger to two cups of water and let it simmer for about 10 minutes (mild flavor) or 20 minutes (more spicy). Strain out the ginger, add a teaspoon of raw honey and enjoy. Drink 2 or 3 cups daily to settle your stomach, or fight inflammation and pain.
2. Add ginger to your juice
Fresh ginger root can be added to any homemade juice. Add a chunk to your juicer together with apples, carrots and some lemon juice.
3. Add ginger to a smoothie
Ginger adds a spicy flavor to a citrus fruit smoothie. It goes well with lemon, orange, lime, and pineapple. It also goes well with a banana and vanilla bean.
4. Add ginger to your food
Fresh ginger is an ingredient that can spice up many different meals. Grating a teaspoon of ginger into your daily bowl of oatmeal and adding some cinnamon and brown sugar makes it taste a bit like gingerbread! Add ginger to stir-fried vegetables or meat for added flavor.
5. Crystallized ginger
Chew on some crystallized ginger if you have a problem with motion sickness.