Ginger has been found to increase the secretion of gastric juice and can be used for most digestive upsets that involve nausea, vomiting, cramping, abdominal pain, indigestion or diarrhea. Ginger helps food to be digested more quickly, creating an unfriendly environment for bacteria that could wreak havoc with your stomach and intestines.

In a study published in the October 2007 issue of the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, researchers in Taiwan looked at the role of a ginger extract in blocking the toxin that causes 210 million cases of diarrhea worldwide. The study found that zingerone, a compound in ginger, effectively blocked this toxin.

Whether your digestive problem is due to eating contaminated food, stomach flu, pregnancy or motion sickness, ginger is one of the most effective agents around!