Ginger Ale for Stomach

Ginger ale is a carbonated soft drink with a flavor of ginger. It is considered a good remedy to alleviate motion sickness and indigestion. Many people also use it to soothe sore throats and relieve coughs. The healing property of ginger ale mainly comes from the ginger root content, which is pungent to the nose and rather tingly on the tongue. The ginger root has been used as an herbal medicine for over 2,000 years, so ginger ale for stomach may be effective. 

How Does Ginger Ale Work for Upset Stomach?

The air bubbles in ginger ale produce a soothing effect and help calm your upset stomach. But it is not effective to treat excess gas and bloating. In fact, you may end up aggravating your symptoms of gas and bloating by having ginger ale. Ginger ale proves effective mainly due to the ginger content in it. 

  • Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties. It neutralizes the stomach and increases the digestive juices, relieving stomach pain.
  • The presence of antioxidants, shogaols and gingerols, helps limit the free radical production, which in turn calms your intestinal tract.
  • Ginger helps food flow smoothly in the digestive tract.
  • Ginger improves digestion by stimulating the production of bile and saliva.
  • Ginger lessens the muscle cramping in the digestive system.

Precaution: While ginger ale for stomach is effective, you should not overdo it. Do not consume more than 4g of ginger at a time or else you will have to deal with other health complications. Similarly, you should avoid it if you are hyperglycemic, have trouble consuming sugar beverages, or have nausea or heartburn. 

How to Make Ginger Ale by Yourself

Considering the benefits of ginger ale, you may certainly want to try it to treat your digestive discomforts. Here is how to make ginger ale on your own.

Ingredients

  • ½ oz of fresh ginger (finely grated)
  • 6 oz of sugar
  • 7 ½ cups of water (filtered)
  • 1 tbsp of lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 1/8 tsp of active dry yeast

Directions

  • Take a 2-quart saucepan and add the sugar, ginger, and half cup of water to it. Place it over medium-high heat.
  • Stir it for a while to dissolve the sugar and then remove from the heat. Leave it for an hour to steep.
  • Use a fine mesh strainer to pour the syrup over a bowl – be sure to get all of the juice out of the mixture. Put it in your refrigerator to chill.
  • Take a 2-liter plastic bottle and pour the syrup into it with the help of a funnel.
  • Add the lemon juice, yeast, and remaining water. Cap the bottle and shake it gently and leave it at room temperature.
  • Open the bottle after 48 hours to check desired carbonation.
  • Refrigerate it. Be sure to open the bottle at least once a day to remove excess carbonation.

Other Ginger Recipes for Upset Stomach

Since the effects of ginger ale for stomach mainly come from ginger, then other ginger recipes can also help to relieve an upset stomach.

1.   Ginger Tea

  • Take a cup of hot water and add half teaspoon of ground ginger in it.
  • Stir well and then steep for 5 minutes.
  • Strain it and add sugar or honey for better taste.
  • Enjoy it twice a day to cure the stomach gas and stomach pain.

2.   Ginger Juice

  • Peel and cut the ginger root into small slices and add them to your blender.
  • Add water as well and blend well.
  • Strain the mixture to get rid of all the solid ginger mash.
  • Add honey or some lemon juice for better taste.

More Natural Remedies for Upset Stomach

Besides ginger ale for stomach, you can also try other natural remedies to treat your upset stomach. Here are a few good suggestions.

1.   Apple Cider Vinegar

It works mainly because of the pectin content that soothes your irritated stomach and relieves nausea. Take a glass of water and add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to it. Add a little honey as well for taste and drink with each meal to relieve your symptoms.

2.   Yogurt

Yogurt with live bacteria like Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus helps restore the balance of good bacteria in your gut. This in turn improves digestion and prevents diarrhea. Have a couple of cups of yogurt every day to find relief from your symptoms.

3.   Bananas

Bananas are packed with pectin that helps improve your digestive system. You can also have bananas when suffering from diarrhea because the potassium content in bananas helps replace lost electrolytes. Take a glass of buttermilk and mix a mashed banana in it. Drink it thrice a day for a couple of days to improve digestion and treat digestive problems.

4.   Mint

This aromatic herb is a great remedy for indigestion and nausea. It has antispasmodic and antibacterial properties that help calm your upset stomach. Take fresh mint leaves, put them in your blender, and extract at least one teaspoon of juice. Add a teaspoon each of lime juice and honey to it and drink the mix twice a day for three days to treat stomachache and diarrhea.

5.   Chamomile

With its antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties, chamomile works great to relieve stomachache. Take a cup of water and add a teaspoon of peppermint leaves and chamomile flowers to it. Boil it for at least 15 minutes and then strain it. Add a teaspoon of honey and have this tea thrice a day for relief.

6.   Fennel Seeds

Fennel seeds have stomachic, carminative, antispasmodic, and antimicrobial properties that make it a great remedy for upset stomach and bloating. Take a cup of hot water and add two teaspoons of fennel seeds to it. Cover it and leave for 10 minutes. Strain it and drink thrice a day for a few days for relief. 

 
 
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