We’re surprised and sad to learn ginger ale doesn’t actually help upset stomachs like we thought. But if that’s not the cure, what is?
Ginger Ale Does More Harm than Good
If you’re anything like us, you might have some childhood memories of your mom using old school methods when you weren’t feeling tip-top. It was all onions and garlic to stop a cold or honey and tea to soothe a sore throat. When it came to an upset stomach, her go-to was more than likely ginger ale.
Ginger ale has long been praised as the stomach cure-all, but it might not actually be as helpful as you think. Scientific studies have proven ginger ale isn’t the queasiness cure we thought it was. Make sure to look into those old remedies before passing the tradition on to your little one.
If You’re Sick, Put Down That Canada Dry!
When you think ginger ale, you probably think Canada Dry. With slogans like “Made with REAL Ginger” on the packaging, it makes sense. Sadly, Canada Dry doesn’t help upset stomachs, and here’s why: While it makes for a delicious casual beverage, Canada Dry is almost pure sugar and carbonation (unlike ginger beer). Looking at the ingredients on the label, there’s no real ginger included. The amount of sugar in Canada Dry can actually make your upset stomach worse, so it’s better to stick to something with ginger listed in the ingredients.
The confusion has Canada Dry refunding customers up to $40 (if you have your receipt). If you don’t have the receipt, you can still get around $5. Canada Dry is ditching those “Made with Real Ginger” slogans so they don’t falsely advertise. That said, we still love the taste of Canada Dry. (We refuse to give it up, real ginger or not!)
This Is the Real Remedy
Don’t worry, beverages with actual ginger in them can still help out a rocky digestive system. Gingerroot is a natural anti-inflammatory, which is the exact opposite you’d expect from such a spicy, well, spice. It’s been proven to help with all kinds of nausea, including morning sickness. Our favorite method of taking ginger is by chopping it up and throwing it into a cup of warm tea. It’s the ultimate stomach easing trick. (It tastes amazing, too!) Otherwise, you can pop one of these ginger chews for near instant relief. They’re handy stuff!
Why zinc?Most usually think to load up on vitamin C when it comes to beating a sickness, so it might come as a surprise that you might be better off focusing on zinc. Studies have shown that zinc is most effective in shortening the length of a cold when taken on the first day of symptoms. "This is due to the mineral's ability to help prevent the bacteria or virus from replicating in the body," says Rebecca Lewis, MS, RD. "Zinc is essential for the body to make DNA in order to promote tissue growth and repair, and it helps wounds heal faster and ensures the immune system works properly." To make sure you're getting enough of the nutrient in your diet, be sure to incorporate some of these foods high in zinc.
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