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  • Nah, GINGER is the magic

    So I went a widdle bit crazy and ate four boxes *cough* of ginger chews over the last few days (mostly Reeds, one Gin Gin to compare, don't think I could tell them apart in a taste test). Thing is, my gastric pain is GONE.

    So I read the WebMD article on ginger (one contraindication it doesn't mention is ginger lowers 5-HTP slightly so could possibly lower serotonin, if you have issues with that) and then a lot of abstracts on PubMed (where I got the previous parenthetical) and decided to give it a go at 250 mg 4 times a day (the dose most commonly used in studies- MOST of the brands capsules at Whole Foods were 500 mg).

    I did a history search here and there has been very little previous mention of ginger. So, ginger? Has it worked for you, not worked for you, given you a terrible side effect? Whatcha think?
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    Ginger is a well-recommended food/treatment for a variety of gastric illnesses. I believe it has relaxant properties that relaxes the intestines and helps release trapped gas & improve motility.

    I've used it for stomach upset (nausea) in the past, but haven't been trying it for my constipation & gas issues. I'll try alternating it with peppermint (which helps with gas). I just picked up a box of ginger tea!
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    • #3
      Yes, someone is selling an herbal celiac remedy for gluten exposure which is peppermint & ginger combined as a sucker. I read about it from a celiac blogger who had received a free sample- she had the same problems I had with the candy aspect. I would love to just eat one ginger chew after every meal but there is No Way.
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      • #4
        Oh, and yes, the intestinal motility is from the 5-HTP and 3-HTP effects. It also speeds gastric emptying, and affects digestion such that blood sugar is lowered and good cholesterol is increased.
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        • #5
          Good point. I have my tea in the morning before my first meal of the day. I can see how a supplement would be easier since you don't taste it.

          I've been taking a peppermint oil capsules and that helped IMMENSELY with gas/bloating. I take it about 15 minutes before eating. Any more or less and I end up with minty heartburn and burps.
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          • #6
            I love fresh ginger, but until recently, I didn't know it could be frozen. Anyhow, I purchased some ground ginger, and since I eat a lot of ground meat (lamb or beef) and rice suppers, it gets used regularly. I also make a little "tonic" that I find refreshing which is just a little ACV + a half teaspoon of ground ginger + a few drops of stevia + water. It hits sour, spicy, and sweet.

            Not sure about its digestive properties because I don't have that many digestive issues, but the aroma is wonderful. When I buy fresh ginger, I sometimes rub some on my wrists because the smell makes me happy.
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            • #7
              I've been known to eat candied ginger straight out of the package. I think it's really good (or I wouldn't do it, obviously. My boyfriend won't touch it), but it's still candy. And I've never noticed any sort of health effects either way.

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              • #8
                Ah yes, I did not confess to the bag of candied ginger that went with the chews. That does go a little more slowly than the ginger chews. I love it and can eat one or two, but I don't think I could eat say, three cubes of candied ginger in one sitting.
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                • #9
                  I get severe motion sickness when I'm in a car or on a boat and ginger is the only thing that takes away my nausea. I hate the taste of it, though. I remember as a child my grandmother would give me candied ginger on long car rides and I just thought it tasted disgusting, like strong soap.

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                  • #10
                    I have a hot drink twice daily of ginger, turmeric, coriander, and raw honey in water. It's done wonders for my digestion and is very soothing to my stomach. I replaced coffee with this infusion and will never go back to caffeine.
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                    • #11
                      If you steep some thin slices of ginger in hot water (like mandolin paper thin sliced) it is delicious and very good for what ails ya digestively. Add a little lemon and/or honey as you see fit.

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                      • #12
                        Ginger Beer Concentrate Recipe - Cookie and Kate

                        Dear ginger lovers... ^^^THIS^^^... that is all.
                        I'm serious. Try it! I've gone through like four batches this summer. I put it in plain iced water with a sprig of mint crushed in a bit, so lovely and spicy and cool. I use about half the sugar just for preservation in the fridge, then drop in some liquid vanilla stevia for slight sweetness. DEVINE.


                        Also, *psssstttt* candied ginger root slices are the best!
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                        • #13
                          Oof that looks good. I'm drinking a ginger kombucha right now. And I'm so making that ginger beer. It will be my mexican coke
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                          • #14
                            Even when made with all the sugar in that recipe it's more hot/spicy/gingery than sweet.
                            It's a very adult flavor rather than a sweet ginger ale taste.

                            Sooo good.
                            But of course you can always sweeten it to taste!
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by little vase View Post
                              Oof that looks good. I'm drinking a ginger kombucha right now. And I'm so making that ginger beer. It will be my mexican coke
                              Yup!! My Mexican coke too.

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