Why does ginger relieve nausea?
I suffer from nausea and someone suggested I use ginger. Whyis ginger so great and which way is best to ingest it? Regards, Fliss.
Hi Fliss Traditionally, ginger has been used to alleviate symptoms of gastrointestinal distress. Studies have demonstrated that ginger is also very effective in preventing the symptoms of motion sickness, especially seasickness and nausea. It’s often used in pregnancy as a safe treatment for morning sickness. It also has potent anti-inflammatory effects and is often used to help with pain in osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.
Whenever possible choose fresh ginger over the dried form, as it’s not only superior in flavour but also contains higher levels of the active component of ginger (known as gingerols.) Fresh ginger root is widely available. You can add it to stir-fries, curries, make beautiful raw ginger slice or even drink it with lemon juice and a little bit of a honey and warm water as a soothing drink.
I’ve read that you shouldn’t eat anything after 6pm because it turns to fat more easily. Is there any truth to this? And should we eat three main meals, or six smaller ones? Thanks, Jay.
Hi Jay. The (incorrect) idea is that if you eat too late and go to bed on a full stomach, your body’s metabolism will slow down and instead of burning off the food you just ate, you’ll turn it all into fat and gain weight. Your body digests and uses energy via the same pathways morning, noon and night. Food eaten after 6pm doesn’t magically turn into fat. However, many people feel physically better and sleep better when they have a smaller meal at night and eat earlier but that’s a personal preference. From a digestive perspective it is certainly better not to eat late at night, as this is your body’s time to rest and repair.
The factors that have a major effect on your metabolic rate include your muscle mass and thyroid function, and building muscle mass is essential from the age of 30 onwards, to counteract the natural losses that will otherwise occur.
When it comes to meal frequency it is definitely an individual choice. Some people feel better fuelled when they eat smaller meals more regularly whereas others find it easier or that their hunger is supported with three main meals. Digesting a meal raises metabolism slightly, however multiple studies have compared eating many smaller meals against fewer larger meals and concluded that there is no significant difference on metabolic rate.
Whenever possible choose fresh ginger over the dried form.