Add This Ingredient To A Glass Of Water To Poop Instantly

Pooping instantly isn't a luxury we can enjoy all the time. Sometimes, the struggle is real when you're on the toilet. You're staring up at the ceiling or at your toes, waiting for your bowels to get moving, and time can stand painfully still. Doesn't sound pleasant, does it? It's especially frustrating when you have somewhere to be or want to get to bed on time. 

It's at times like these that you wish there was something you could do to make yourself poop (like a poop button to help keep things moving). Turns out, there's a popular kitchen ingredient you can add to a glass of water and consume that'll make your "bathroom business" more efficient: ginger. 

Ginger (scientific name Zingiber officinale) comes from southeastern Asia, and has been used for its healing properties in Indian and Chinese medicine for many years. As shared by registered dietitian Brigitte Zeitlin (via Well+Good), the spice isn't just good for immune health, but also "particularly great for gut health because it can promote motility through your digestive tract, helping you go to the bathroom more easily to fight constipation and bloat." Gingerol, a natural component in the ginger plant, is what aids the smooth digestive process. 

Ginger is great for gut health in general

We may not think much of this humble herb that sits in our fridge, but apparently, it's great for gut health in more ways than one, per Johns Hopkins Medicine. Are you feeling gassy and bloated? Battling nausea or vomiting? Having morning sickness due to pregnancy? Or does your concern have to do with healthy digestion of food and overall gut health? Ginger can help with all of this and more (via Hindustan Times). 

According to integrative and functional medicine registered dietitian nutritionist Nikki Yelton, ginger soothes your gut lining by boosting the presence of the inflammation-fighting hormone prostaglandin. In addition to promoting the release of enzymes in your digestive tract responsible for breaking down your food, this spicy ingredient can also protect your gut from the harmful effects of alcohol consumption and environmental pollution. Apart from making you poop instantly, this spice has also been linked to pain relief, better heart health, and lowering the risk of cancer (via Medical News Today). 

Now that you know that ginger is good for more than just getting yourself to poop instantly, let's look at how you can have some when you need to.   

How to drink (or eat) ginger when you need to

Adding ginger to curries and other dishes is one way to make sure you're getting your dose of this antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antioxidant-rich ingredient regularly. Nikki Yelton suggested incorporating the spice into your everyday diet via pickles, salad dressings, in powdered form, and even in your baked goods. 

Ginger tea and ginger water are pretty much the same concept, except with the tea recipes, things can get a bit more creative. For ginger water, prepare by boiling some water, adding grated ginger to it, waiting 10 minutes before straining, and letting it cool to drink it (via Healthline). 

As for ginger tea, you can add some grated ginger to boiling water in a pan, add other ingredients like turmeric and cinnamon (because, why not?), and incorporate all the goodness together over high heat for a few minutes. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes, turn off the heat, strain into a glass, let it cool, and enjoy as you would regular tea before your morning poop time. If you like it sweet, you can add a drizzle of honey to the tea too. Try it the next time you're having constipation, and make your morning bathroom time that much more pleasant.