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Chronic health problems that seem insignificant at first but become a persistent problem over time, steal peace of mind and affect quality of life in many ways. Constipation is a problem that can drain energy and affect mental health. If excessive use of laxatives bothers you, ginger and hot water can be a natural way to regularize bowel movements. Know how. (Also Read: Dried Ginger vs Fresh Ginger: 4 Reasons Why Dried Ginger Is Better Than Fresh Ginger)
Why ginger might be your go-to remedy for constipation
In today’s lifestyle, quick fixes like laxatives are reliable for many, but as time passes and the body gets used to them, they stop working or cause side effects. Ginger has been used as a natural remedy for constipation for thousands of years. Ginger has active compounds that improve digestion, facilitate bowel movements and control inflammation.
“Ginger, a well-known spice with potent medicinal properties, offers potential as a natural and effective remedy for constipation. Its active compounds actively stimulate digestive processes, promoting bowel movement and relieving constipation. and antioxidant qualities that contribute to overall gut health, facilitating regular bowel function,” says Vaibhav Jain, co-founder, Aayush Bharat.
There are several ways to incorporate ginger into your routine to relieve constipation:
When it comes to constipation relief, Ayurveda suggests that you try dried ginger instead of its original form as it helps balance Vata and has the added benefit of even relieving bloating and gas.
According to Ayurveda expert Dr. Rekha Radhamony, dried ginger has the property of ‘snigdha’ or non-drying and is good for long-term use, whereas fresh ginger has a rooksha (drying) nature and is not ideal for frequent use.
1. Dry Ginger Water: Starting the day with a glass of water with dried ginger can be beneficial in controlling constipation.
2. Dry Ginger Powder: Consuming 2 grams of dry ginger powder with warm water in the morning can also help relieve constipation.
3. Panchsam Powder: The powder is a combination of pippali, ginger, nisoth and black salt. A mixture of 1-3 grams of Panchsam powder with warm water taken twice a day can help relieve constipation.
By adopting these ginger-based solutions, you take a gentle, natural approach to improving gut health and managing constipation effectively.
Ways to Add Ginger to Your Diet
According to several ancient Ayurvedic texts such as Sanhita and Nighantu, ginger can be consumed in both dry (Shunthi) and wet (Adrak) forms. It is a common spice found in most homes, making it easily accessible for use.
“For constipation, ginger is particularly effective. It is recommended to take about 2 grams of dry ginger powder with warm water for adults.
“In addition to its constipation-relieving properties, ginger offers many health benefits. It can be grated and added to warm water or herbal teas for a soothing digestive aid. Ginger can also be integrated into various culinary creations, such as stir-fries , curries, and salad dressings, improving flavor and digestion. Alternatively, ginger supplements or ginger-infused products offer convenient options,” adds the expert.
Dos and Don’ts of Adding Ginger to Your Diet
NO take more than 6 g of ginger daily as it can cause acidity, heartburn and diarrhea.
TO DO: You can add ginger to your morning tea or smoothie to stimulate the digestion process.
NO take ginger if you are taking blood thinners as it may increase the risk of bleeding. Consult your doctor first.
TO DO Take ginger with turmeric as the combination can help reduce pain and control inflammation.
Is ginger for everyone?
Although ginger has numerous health benefits, there are certain circumstances where caution is necessary. Pregnant women or those prone to acidity should consult a specialist before introducing ginger into their diet.
“Pregnant women should exercise in moderation as excessive consumption of ginger may affect pregnancy outcomes. Additionally, individuals with Pitta prakriti or those prone to hyperacidity should consume ginger in moderation. Its warming properties may exacerbate hyperacidity in some cases. As with any dietary change, it is advisable to seek personalized advice from a qualified healthcare professional before incorporating ginger into your routine. This ensures that your unique health circumstances are considered and you can enjoy the benefits of ginger safely and effectively,” says Jain.
Ginger Facts: Did you know these surprising facts about ginger?
Where did the word ginger come from? The generic name of ginger, Zingiber, comes from the Greek word zingiberis, which in turn originates from the Sanskrit name singabera.
Detoxifying remedy: Ginger is a great remedy for cleansing and detoxification as it can also reduce DNA damage caused by radiation and also offers protection against industrial pollutants.
Ginger is not a root: Many believe it is a root that grows underground, but it is actually a rhizome.
Ginger is over 5,000 years old: Ginger has been around since time immemorial. Although its place of origin is still debated, India, China and other Southeastern countries swear by its medicinal and culinary uses.
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