Ginger: Safe Or Unsafe?There are really two sides to this argument that I see out there. On the one hand, there are some things that can affect your thyroid health. These are things that you wouldn’t expect and are completely counterintuitive.
Can Ginger Be Bad For Your Thyroid?There are two distinct ways that I often see this written about. The first one concerns issues with TH1 (otherwise known as immune regulatory cells). The general idea here is that, for some time, it was thought that TH1 and TH2 ratios were important drivers of autoimmunity (and, therefore, thyroid disease). Extending that theory, the thought was that many people with thyroid disease have too much TH1 activity (otherwise known as TH1-dominant).
Key Insight: A concern here was that ginger was thought to raise TH1 activity in the body.
Key Insight: Even at the time, I noted a lot of conclusions being drawn that were simply too far ahead of the research. It was plausible, but it was too definitive for the time.
Further Case ReportsAfter performing a deep dive into the data, I did find a case report that was written about a woman who seemed to develop subacute thyroiditis after ingesting 1 tsp of ginger in honey for 10 days2. Here are some additional details to really help us break this down:
- The case involved a 34-year-old female
- She experienced thyroid pain and swelling
- In addition, fever and racing heart
Key Insight: Overall, it is very rare and does go away on its own. There is no data suggesting a connection to Hashimoto’s thyroiditis or hypothyroidism.
Ginger: The True Superfood
Human Studies On GingerSo, now that we know the basics, what does the data tell us about ginger? I pulled together some of the most impactful studies about ginger to help guide our thinking today. There have been papers showing that ginger helps the rate of:
- Increasing lipolysis (fat breakdown)
- Suppression of lipogenesis (fat formation)
- Lowering intestinal fat absorption while controlling appetite3
- Metabolic Syndrome (Read More: Healing Your Adrenals)
- Sports Performance
- Type Two Diabetes (Read More: Preventing an Underactive Thyroid From Causing Diabetes)
- Nausea and vomiting for those undergoing chemotherapy or who are pregnant
- Acting as a “gastroprotective,” meaning that it is protective for the stomach
- Cutting the risk of cardiovascular disease
- Acting as a radioprotective (protecting from the side effects of radiation)
How Should You Consume Ginger?Now that we know about ginger, and that it is completely okay to consume, how should we go about introducing it into our daily lives? There are multiple ways, so let me share some inspiration with you… Including ginger in your tea is a great start, but ginger can also be used in recipes, such as:
- A wide variety of Asian-style dishes
- Desserts of all kinds
- An aromatic accompaniment to things like fish and poultry
Dried Or Fresh Ginger?
My Favorite Ginger RecipeI want to leave you with one of my favorite recipes involving ginger: my homemade ginger ale! Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1.5 cups chopped, peeled ginger – about 1/2 pound
- 2 cups water
- 3/4 cup allulose (or stevia/lo han/xylitol to taste)
- 4 cups of mineral water, chilled
- 3 tbsp fresh lime juice
- Simmer ginger in water for 40 minutes, cover and let sit for 20 minutes.
- Strain liquid removing solid ginger.
- Return water to pan.
- Stir in remaining ingredients.
- Refrigerate until chilled.
- Mix in sparkling water.
Ginger & Your ThyroidAfter today, I want you to know that you are more than welcome to enjoy ginger in your diet. It is completely safe for you, and your thyroid, and also has a whole host of other benefits. If you are still concerned about your thyroid, though, I hope you’ll try out the Thyroid Quiz today (Click Here: Take The Quiz). It should give you some great insight on your thyroid, and what you can do to optimize your health starting today!
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