I could talk all day about how great ginger is for your health.
In fact, we do that already on this website quite a bit.
Personally, I like to grate whole ginger root into tea, make it apart of my fresh juice recipe or steep it with lemon and add a dash of cayenne to make a morning digestive and energy tonic.
Ginger has recently had a surge of support for its health benefits. Even though the past 5 years has been carpet-bombed with mentions and articles about ginger, it has used as a medicine in numerous ancient cultures, especially Arabian and Asian cultures, dating back more than 2,000 years.
In fact, traditional Chinese medicine uses sliced or grated ginger is boiled in water as a soup to help fend off early signs of a cold. And it’s often the last resort for those who suffer motion sickness when pills won’t work. (A freshly cut ginger slice is either placed in the mouth or on the belly button with a Band-Aid.)
That being said, there are a select few who probably shouldn’t digest/eat ginger.
Avoid Ginger If You Are One of the Following
1. Pregnant women
Since ginger is rich in powerful stimulants is very useful for your muscle health and the digestive system. But if you are expecting a baby you should avoid ginger because it can lead to premature contractions and preterm labors. You mustn’t use ginger especially if you are in your last trimester of pregnancy.
Ginger also prevents the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins and dietary iron, so you should definitely consult with your doctor whether you can consume ginger during your pregnancy.
However, ginger root is known to prevent morning sickness which usually happens in the early pregnancy, so you can use it in small dosages if you have recently become pregnant. But still, you should consult your doctor before you do that.
2. Blood Disorders
Ginger is extremely useful in the treatment of obesity, diabetes, Raynaud`s disease, and peripheral artery disease, mostly due to its ability to stimulate blood circulation. However, this particular ability is unfavorable for people with hemophilia.
Due to their condition, their blood has diminished the ability to clot, meaning that even the most insignificant injury could be fatal.
3. Certain types of medications
People who take high blood pressure or diabetes medications belong to the special risk group as ginger can change their effects on the body.
The combinations of ginger with anticoagulants, beta-blockers or insulin drugs can be extremely harmful. Namely, ginger stimulates blood thinning and reduces blood pressure, and these properties lower the effects of these medications.
4. Underweight people
In case you need to gain some weight, you should not consume ginger nor take ginger based supplements as this root is high in fibers and raises the pH of the stomach and stimulates digestive enzymes.
What Is a Good Substitute for Ginger?
If you belong to one of these four risk groups, substitute this ingredient with cayenne pepper, sweet peppers, or red paprika.
According to the world-popular nutritionist Milka Raicevic, peppers provide effects similar to those of ginger. So, if you’re fan of spicy foods, choose red paprika, and if you are not, go with sweet peppers. You can even add them to your lemonade to make an excellent detox drink for your body.