Ginger, the ideal Yang food for digestion

You have certainly already seen them in your organic store or in your supermarket. This strangely shaped root is becoming more and more known thanks to its many positive virtues on health.

Let's discover ginger!

Zingiber officinale is a rhizome that is used in cooking or in traditional Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine but also in naturopathy. In fact, the benefits of this root are no longer to be proven today.

The yin yang diet

In traditional Chinese medicine, one of the principles of dietetics is based on the yin and yang concept. A concept that may seem complicated or even strange at first, but once you understand the basics, you can adapt your diet to your health problems or temperament. In terms of nutrition, traditional Chinese medicine has integrated values that are more respectful of our body than any other health system. It is up to each of us to find what we need.

Ginger is a so-called yang food - that is, warming - for the positive indications it brings to organisms (temperaments) that are more yin.

In a very succinct and schematic way, we will define the yin person as a person with cold and fresh sensations, with a rather discreet character, introverted, afraid of crowds, withdrawn and sometimes suffering from depression or apathy.

Although effective on the digestive sphere for all temperaments, those who will benefit the most will be the yin temperaments because ginger will help to regain a certain balance often lost over time. Moreover, in our western countries, ginger is rather only known for digestive problems, whatever our typology.

Ideally chosen in organic stores and in natural form (not in the form of a food supplement), ginger can accompany your days for an unstoppable digestive benefit. Indeed, after each meal, you can make a decoction of ginger that you will drink slowly to allow your digestive system to appreciate its qualities. In a perspective of general well-being, one should avoid sweetening one's drink because sugar greatly disturbs the digestion but also the general metabolism. In addition, the morning and lunch meals will be highlighted. Indeed, the consumption of ginger in the evening is not recommended because it could disturb the sleep of certain people or temperaments. A person of yang typology who then consumes ginger in the evening will see his night definitely disturbed.

In a very succinct and schematic way, we will define the yang person as a person with warm sensations, who has a very good appetite, who is very active, fit, extroverted, who is often warm, who is very positive and often enthusiastic.

You can obviously decorate your dishes with this rhizome so succulent and tasty which will bring a small pungent side and stimulating for the digestion.

By choosing capsules or tablets, laboratories transform the rhizome into powder and add adjuvants and excipients for a better preservation. Therefore, pay attention to your feelings because, in addition, the dosages are often more concentrated.

Ginger is a food to integrate into your daily life to get long-term health benefits. It's up to you to decide if it's the ideal ingredient to prevent or fight your digestive problems. We are different beings with different physiology and functioning. What works for some may not work for others.

Contraindications to consider.

If you suffer from high blood pressure, gallstones or if you are pregnant, it will be preferable to avoid this solution and this food or to discuss it with your doctor to limit the risks of negative reactions on your health.

Vanessa Colant 13 February, 2018
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