How Ginger Flattens the Belly

jessicamurgs/ February 17, 2017/ Health News/ 1 comments

Ginger, when added to water and drank daily, can help sooth and deflate the belly, which can lead to a flatter stomach. This is great news because even the thinnest people can sometimes become victim to a stomach that is bloated. Here, we will look at why this is effective and how easily it can be done.

Description and Origin

Ginger, also called Zingiber officinale, is a flowering plant that whose roots have long been used for culinary, aromatic and medicinal properties. Ginger is in the family Zingiberaceae, to which also belong turmeric, cardamom, and galangal. It is also believed to have originated in Southern Asia.

Characteristics of Ginger That Can Greatly Benefit the Digestive Track

  • Anti-inflammatory properties: The anti-inflammatory properties found in ginger are beneficial throughout the entire intestinal track. A large part of this is due to the fact that it can reduce the activation of the protein complex NFκB. (nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B cells) NFkB is important to recognize because Increased levels it have  been detected in various inflammatory diseases. Therefore, reducing the activation of or inhibiting NF-κB signaling has the potential to reduce inflammation and inflammation linked diseases.
  • Contains zingibain: Also called ginger protease, zingibain does an excellent job at helping the body break down protein. This is done by neutralizing stomach acids and promoting the production of digestive juices, which in turn also………..
  • Improves digestion: Besides neutralizing stomach acids to improve digestion, digestion is also improved through the stimulation of saliva, bile, and gastric juices that aid in digestion.
  • Breaks down stored fat: When heated or cooked (in this case, added to hot water), ginger produces the component zingerone. Zingerone, not to be confused with zingibain, has been shown to have lipolytic activity, braking down fat stored in tissues. As a side note, zingerone is even a promising treatment for bacteria-induced diarrhea, which is caused by the bacterium Escherichia coli, the number one cause of death among young children in developing countries.

 

The Easiest Way to Get These Advantages

Though fresh is always best, the way people often find easiest is to achieve these benefits is by simply keeping ground ginger root on hand. It can be found and purchased here :

How Much Ginger Is Recommended?

In general, adults should not take more than 4 grams daily.

Women who are pregnant should not consume more than 1 gram a day.

(One tablespoon = 5.20 grams)

 

Final Thoughts

These benefits combined can greatly calms the digestive track and makes the entire digestion process easier, which in turn decreases gas production, reduces inflammation and boost the brake down of fat which can then equal a flatter stomach. However, a few precautions to be aware of:

  • Ginger is a natural blood thinner. If you are on a blood-thinning medication, you should not take ginger without your doctor’s guidance. Also see your doctor if you have gallstones before consuming.
  • When pregnant, ginger can be useful in combating morning sickness. However, eating more than 1 g a day is not recommended. It is believed that too much may cause birth defects and other problems such as affecting the baby’s sex hormones or cause miscarriage or bleeding. Other studies suggest that it does not harm the baby and the risk of birth defects in women using ginger does not appear to be higher than normal. Still, why take the chance?
  • Eating ginger could reduce your blood sugar levels. Diabetics should monitor blood sugar after a meal that contains this root to ensure their levels do not drop too low.
  • Consult your doctor before taking ginger root medicinally.

 

   Who likes ginger as much as we do! Tell us how you like to drink (or eat) it in the comments below!

References:

  • Wu, K. L., C. K. Rayner, S. K. Chuah, C. S. Changchien, S. N. Lu, Y. C. Chiu, K. W. Chiu, and C. M. Lee. ” Effects of Ginger on Gastric Emptying and Motility in Healthy Humans.” European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology. U.S. National Library of Medicine, May 2008. Web. 31 Mar. 2017.
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  • http://www.ihealthdirectory.com/ginger/
  • http://www.traditionaloven.com/foods/exchange/tbsp/g-gram/spice-ginger-ground.html
  • http://www.livestrong.com/article/315409-risks-of-eating-too-much-ginger-root/
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ginger
  • https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/10/071001092216.htm
  • https://www.hindawi.com/journals/tswj/2015/816364/

 

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