Use Ginger to Ignite Your Appetite and Help Your Digestive System

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Ginger Root (rhizome) is one of the effective herbal medicines for treating digestive problems. In Chinese Traditional Medicine, and even modern medicine, ginger rhizome is regarded as a very effective treatment for gastrointestinal issues such as flatulence and bloating stomach. This herb has two essential attributes that contribute to the treatment health issues:

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    Intestinal Spasmolytic (Antispasmodic)
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    This is a pharmaceutical drug, or in this case, and her that suppresses muscle spasms - in this case, intestinal spasms. It works by calming the muscles of the intestines.
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    Carminative (Carminativum)
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    This is an herb or preparation intended to either prevent the formation of gas in the gastrointestinal tract or facilitate the expulsion of gas already formed, thereby reducing flatulence or intestinal gas.
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With these two properties in ginger rhizome, there is a good chance of dealing effectively with gastrointestinal and digestive problems. The herb is also known for curbing one's poor appetite and reducing abdominal cramps.

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If you feel like you have an intestinal disorder, or poor digestion or appetite, ginger is a good herbal medicine. In India and other Asian countries, ginger is used in their daily drinks and ingredients in their meals, because of its incredible health benefits. In this VisiHow article, you will receive some suggestions on preparing ginger for treating loss of appetite, promoting digestion and dealing with intestinal issues.

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Steps to Prepare Your Own Ginger at Home

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    Ginger Tea
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    1. Buy ginger tea bags at your local market. There are variations of this tea, so choose the best that suits your taste. And just like any other teas, drink it two to three times daily. Try for "organic tea", without additives.
    2. Make a homemade ginger tea.  
      1. Peel the raw ginger rhizome and slice it into pieces.
      2. Boil two cups of water in a saucepan.
      3. Add 3 tsp. of sliced ginger and boil for ten minutes.
      4. Remove the heat and strain into a cup.
      5. Enhance the flavour by adding a squeeze of lemon or lime, or honey to your tea.
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    Raw Ginger
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    Grind the raw ginger rhizome and sprinkle it with salt. You may eat, lick or chew it once a day. This is effective for treating a lack of appetite.
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    Candied Ginger
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    Have a piece of crystallized or candied ginger before eating your meals. This way, you can consume foods and calories easily, which will make you re-energized.
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    Cook with Ginger
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    1. Add ginger rhizome to sweet dishes. They said ginger and sweet foods are great combinations for a unique taste and flavor, although it is usually used and cooked with Asian spicy delicacies. Sweet foods that go well with ginger are ginger snaps, gingerbread cookies, and raspberry-cinnamon torte.
    2. Savoury foods that are great with ginger added include curried dishes and stir-fries.
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Instructions On How To Make A Real Ginger Ale

Ginger ale is an effervescent soft drink containing ginger extract. You can find ginger ale in almost any supermarket, including; diet (don't ever drink this), ginger ale with green tea (amazing) and ginger ale with cranberry added. If you're at home without any ginger ale, and the shops are closed, and you're having intestinal issues - or, if you're just interested in making some yourself, follow the simple instructions below.

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Ingredients

  • One cup of sugar (225 g)
  • Two tablespoons of fresh grated ginger rhizome (30 g)
  • Lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon or 1.6 grams of fresh granular baker's yeast
  • Cool and pure water
  • One empty bottle, preferably 1 liter
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Step-By-Step Method For Making Old-Fashioned Ginger Ale

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    Add one cup of sugar and ¼ of fresh granular baker's yeast to an empty bottle
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    You may use a funnel to add these ingredients.
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    Shake the bottle to mix all the ingredients.
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    Use a grater to grate the ginger root until you can make two tablespoons of it.
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    Put the grated ginger into a cup
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    Measuring cup is a great choice.
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    Add the juice of one lemon to the measuring cup with the grated ginger.
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    Stir the ingredients in the cup and add two glasses of clean water into it
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    Add the ingredients with water in the cup into the bottle.
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    Cap the bottle and shake it thoroughly
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    This way, it will activate the yeast and keep the carbonation going.
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    Open the cap again and fill the bottle with fresh, clean and cool water
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    Don't forget to leave one inch of head space in the bottle. You need to leave room for gases produced during the fermentation.
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    Turn the bottle upside-down over and over to dissolve the sugar completely.
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    Store the bottle in a warm temperature for 24 to 48 hours
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    This enables the yeast to ferment the brew. Be careful not to exceed 48 hours because the increase of alcohol concentration could change the taste greatly, and you may not like to drink it anymore.
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    Check the bottle to see if the carbonation process is complete
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    To know this, you will see carbon dioxide around the head space, like you see in store-brought sodas. Another way to know if the process is complete is that you will feel that the bottle is hard to squeeze.
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    Store the bottle in your refrigerator overnight to chill, once the process is finished
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    Twist open the cap slowly as there's a good chance that it will pop, just like with sodas
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    This is a healthier alternative than what is available in mainstream stores.
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Tips Tricks & Warnings

  • Pregnant women should only drink ginger drinks in moderation, because it may cause heartburn. Take note that 2 to 4 grams of ginger per day is not good for pregnant women.
  • Do not treat children who are younger than 2 years old with ginger.
  • Never drink diet ginger ale - or any diet sodas, for that matter. Aspartame is something you should never put in your body.
  • When making your own ginger ale, beware that some intestinal issues, like chlamydia, are due to too much yeast in the system, so you might want to skip the recipe with yeast as an ingredient.
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