Chinese medicine has been using ginger for over 2,000 years to settle upset stomachs. Its medicinal benefits extend beyond cracking open a ginger ale for the classic stomach ache; more recently, ginger has been found to pack just the right amount of vitamins and minerals to help treat the occasional hangover.
Ginger grows naturally as a root and can be eaten or drunk in various forms, and although it’s more often used for its flavor, ginger is also used to prevent several ailments. Ginger contains magnesium, zinc, and chromium which promotes healthy circulation, which in turn helps prevent chills, fevers and excessive sweating. It can be taken to reduce pain and inflammation in the same way aspirin and ibuprofen are used. For those with a wicked hangover, a ginger tea may do the trick.