Ginger tea could be very harmful to women if too much is consumed

Lots of people drink ginger tea to ward off colds and strengthen their immune system during the colder months. But some make mistakes when preparing the hot drink, and one of these could prove to be really dangerous for women!

Ginger tea could be dangerous
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Ginger tea could be dangerous

Especially in winter, everyone is talking about gingerand it was even named the medicinal plant of the year in 2018. Its natural healing properties help people withcold symptoms such as a runny nose and sore throat, strengthens the immune system and relieves nausea. And yet, you should be careful. This drink should only be drunk in moderation and not for everything!

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Preparation mistake

Although there are countless recipes circulating the internet about how to prepare ginger tea, most people still make one crucial mistake, as eco topologist Uwe Knop explained on Fitbook. Most people cut the root into pieces that are too big and then scald them with hot water in the cup:

‘The rule is that the more cut surface there is, the more ‘ginger taste’ can release into the tea. And this is where the valuable spicy substances are hidden. Therefore, it is best to brew more thin slices and let the whole thing steep.’

Although ginger can be great for you, it is best to consume it in moderation. According to MedicineNet, 'Doctors advise consuming no more than three to four grams of fresh ginger extract per day'.

Be careful when preparing the drink

While ginger can help combat nausea, the root can, however, cause stomach problems for people who suffer from a sensitive stomach. This medicinal plant stimulates the stomach to produce acid and could even lead to heartburn if consumed excessively.

Ginger also has a blood-thinning effect and so you should not consume ginger - even as tea - before undergoing an operation. This medicinal plant can also be dangerous for women who are on their period. By diluting the blood, the pain associated with menstrual cramps increases as does the amount of blood the body loses.

It is also strongly advised not to consume ginger if you are pregnant. This is because the sharpness of the root encourages labour and can lead to premature birth. However, consuming a small amount is generally not considered dangerous. Indeed, according to MedicineNet:

Morning sickness during pregnancy can be relieved by combining a teaspoon of mint juice, lemon juice, and a tablespoon of honey with ginger tea.

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