Constipation is characterized by hard, dry stools and difficult, infrequent bowel movements. There are plenty of commercial medications available for treating it, but they come with unwanted side effects.
Ginger, on the other hand, treats constipation, motion sickness, altitude sickness, nausea, and morning sickness, and promotes proper digestion with zero side effects. It can be eaten raw and used to season food and make tea. You’re about to learn several different ways to use fresh ginger root to cure constipation. But first, let’s take a look at the properties that make ginger such an effective treatment for digestive problems like constipation.
Is Ginger Good For Constipation?
- Ginger is a natural laxative which helps to promote bowel movement.
- It strengthens the digestive system.
- It stimulates the appetite.
- 100 grams of ginger contains 14.1 grams of soluble dietary fiber, which dissolves easily in water, turning to a gel and softening stools so they’re easier to pass through the colon.
- Ginger contains chemicals that stimulate peristalsis, the wavelike contractions that move food through the intestines.
- As a natural carminative, ginger helps reduce gas.
- Ginger warms the body, helping generate heat the speeds up the digestive process.
- Ginger relaxes and soothes the intestinal tract and aids proper digestion, helping regulate bowel movements.
- It contains plenty of vitamin B, which promotes proper digestion.
How to Use Ginger to Treat Constipation:
- Wash and peel fresh ginger root.
- Cut into small pieces and chew daily to get rid of constipation.
- Or Use it in your cooking regularly
- Or Ginger can be found and used in fresh, powdered, pill, lozenge, tincture, or juice form.
- Or consume ½ teaspoon fo ginger juice 2 times a day.
2. Ginger, Cardamom, and Pepper
- Blend powdered ginger, green cardamom, and pepper in a blender.
- Every morning, stir 1 tablespoon of the powder into a glass of water and drink it.
3. Lemon and Ginger Cleanse
- Boil 500ml of water and stir in 1 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger root and ¼ cup of fresh-squeezed lemon juice.
- Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes.
- Sweeten with raw honey to taste.
- Drink daily in the morning and consume throughout the day to prevent constipation.
4. Ginger, Cinnamon and Yogurt
- Stir 1 teaspoon of grated ginger into a cup of plain Greek yogurt.
- Add high fiber fruits.
- Sprinkle on ½ teaspoon of cinnamon powder.
- Eat daily.
Note: Consuming 3 – 4 cups of yogurt daily also helps to prevent constipation and regularize the bowel movements. If you cannot withstand the taste of yogurt, you can compensate it by taking probiotic supplements. For more information, read this article…
5. Ginger and Honey Candies
- Peel and thinly slice ½ pound of fresh ginger root.
- Bring 2 cups of water to a boil, stir in ginger slices, reduce heat, cover, and simmer 30 minutes.
- Remove cover and simmer 10-15 more minutes or until ginger slices are tender.
- Add 1 ¼ cups of honey and simmer 30 more minutes, stirring occasionally, until ginger slices are darker in color and translucent.
- When liquid has reduced to syrup, remove from heat.
- Let it cool for room temperature and when hardened, break apart with knife and eat.
- Eat them regularly to get rid of constipation.
6. Ginger Smoothie
In combination with ingredients like celery, lemon, pineapple, and cucumber, ginger detoxifies the system, speeds up the digestive system, and helps soften stools.
- Peel and mince a 2-inch piece of ginger.
- Juice 1 lemon.
- Chop one cucumber, ½ celery stalk, and ½ cup of pineapple.
- Add all ingredients to food processor and blend until smooth.
- Consume daily for at least 30 days.
7. Ginger, Turmeric and Veggie Juice
- Add your choice or organic vegetables juice (apple, carrot, spinach, tomato) to a blender.
- Cut 1 inch piece each of ginger and turmeric.
- Add to vegetable juice and blend until completely combined.
- Drink daily.
- Note: if you’re sensitive start with half inch piece of ginger and turmeric.
8. Ginger, Honey and Lemon Juice
- Mix 2 teaspoons of minced ginger or ginger juice with 1 teaspoon of fresh-squeezed lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of raw honey.
- Consume once a day.
- It aids proper digestion, cleanses the colon and regulates bowel movements.
9. Homemade Ginger Ale
Ginger ale has anti-inflammatory properties that relieve the pain of constipation.
- In a large soup pot, mix 4 cups of water, 2 cups of grated ginger, and 2 cups of sugar.
- Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 40-50 minutes, or until liquid has dissolved to half its original volume.
- Stir 2 tablespoons of the resulting syrup into an 8-ounce glass of club soda, garnish with lime wedge, and drink.
- Drink daily to cure constipation.
- Bring 2 cups of water to a boil.
- Stir in 1 cup of peeled and minced ginger.
- Reduce heat and simmer 8 minutes.
- Remove from heat, let cool 15 minutes, and strain water into a jar.
- In another sauce pan, mix 1 cup of sugar with 1 cup of water.
- Heat until sugar reduces to syrup.
- In a glass, mix ½ cup of ginger water, 1/3 cup of syrup, and ½ cup of club soda.
- Squeeze in the juice of ¼ of a lime, stir, and drink.
- Drink daily.
10. Ginger Tea
Ginger tea is one of the most effective and most preferred methods for using ginger to cure constipation. Try out the recipes below.
- Peel and grate a 1-inch piece of ginger.
- Boil 2 cups of water, add ginger to it, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes.
- Strain, add lemon juice and honey to taste, and drink.
- Repeat twice daily.
- Peel and mince a 3 cm piece of ginger and a 3 cm piece of turmeric.
- Bring 1 liter of water to a boil and stir in ginger and turmeric.
- Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes.
- Stir in lemon juice and honey to taste.
- Strain into a glass bottle and store in refrigerator.
- Drink a cup of tea whenever you have constipation.
- Boil 2 cup of water.
- Stir in 1 teaspoon of peeled and minced ginger, reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat, let steep 10 minutes.
- Strain, stir in 1 tablespoon fresh-squeezed lemon juice, and drink.
- Note: You can use a cup of water and 1/8 teaspoon of organic dry ginger powder and follow the same process.
Tips and Precautions:
- Those suffering from diabetes and coronary heart disease should not use ginger.
- If you have any bleeding disorder avoid ginger remedies as it has blood thinning properties.
- If you have gallstones, consult a doctor before using ginger treatments.
- If you’re pregnant or nursing, consult a doctor for proper dosage.
- Add aloe vera juice to ginger tea for added benefit.
- Add a teaspoon of powdered ginger to smoothies, soups, and juices throughout the day.
- Drink 8-10 glasses of water per day.
- Get plenty of exercise.
- Eat plenty of fiber.
- If you do not see results within 4-5 days of starting these remedies, consult a doctor.
Ginger is one of the best remedies for constipation, but it also cures a host of other digestive issues. Have you tried any of the above treatments for constipation? Tell us which ones worked best for you!