A Food Writer’s Tasty Secret for Calming Indigestion

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I’ve been a professional food writer for seven years and have been working at Serious Eats (a publication that specializes in cooking and eating) for well over a year. If you need to know anything about me, it’s that I almost always have indigestion. I can’t help overeating. It’s my job. It probably doesn’t help that I have a pretty typical Jewish digestive system and the mild IBS that goes along with it.

But I have found a way to combat the postprandial nausea of which I have grown so accustomed: Gin Gins. They are my trade secret for overindulgence, whether it be from a fancy multicourse meal or a morning of hungover fried-food feasting. It’s well-known that ginger has a lot of anti-nausea benefits, but carrying a hunk of ginger around is ill-advised, and regular ginger-ale is just a joke in terms of actual ginger content. Gin Gins are really powerful and actually taste like and contain ginger (up to 30 percent!). And I eat them all the time.

Like that time our office ordered Mile End delivery (I got the Ruth Wilensky with seared beef salami and mustard on a pressed onion roll). I also got a latke because their latkes are basically fried potato hamburgers and resistance is futile. Then my boss brought over mozzarella from Di Palo’s, still warm and milky; and about two pounds of prosciutto. There was also the office holiday party at Insa, where we ate unfathomable amounts of Korean barbecue before hitting the karaoke room. After a horrific rendition of “Lose Yourself” where I bounced and danced to compensate for my terrible rapping skills, I needed quite a few Gin Gins. I’ve brought them to work, and now my colleagues eat them (or request some of mine) after overeating.

While there are several kinds of Gin Gins, I recommend the “Super Strength” variety, which start out sort of hard but then you can chew and chew and chew, like a Tootsie Roll. If that, for some reason, sounds unappealing, the Double Strength Hard Candies are also effective. Sure, you can buy Gin Gins in a regular pack or at your local grocery store, but I recommend ordering them by the pound. If you’re anything like me, you’re going to need them.

Gin Gins Super Strength Ginger Candy, 1 Pound
$13, Amazon

More Strat-approved nausea fighters

Gin Gins Original Chewy Ginger Candy, 2-Pack
$7, Amazon

Writer and activist Janet Mock loves Gin Gins, too, except she prefers the chewy variety: “I travel a lot and get some indigestion so I always, just next to my lip balm, will have three of these in my bag. It gives me a sugar fix and it helps keep my belly flat and digest that food with all the benefits of ginger.”

IBgard Peppermint Pills
$10, Walmart

In our guide to the best IBS remedies, gastroenterologist Dr. Michelle Cohen recommends peppermint pills like IBgard: “In terms of OTC options for pain and bloating, there are certain herbs and food as medicine that can be very helpful. So in my practice, for a lot of pain and bloating, I recommend that people use peppermint, fennel, and ginger in tea form, pill form, oils, or food form.”

Queasy Drops for Assorted Nausea, 21-Count
$9, Amazon

Writer Caroline Bankoff started popping Queasy Drops (which are meant for pregnant women experiencing morning sickness) after a particularly rough hangover. She was amazed by how well they worked: “By the time I was back under a blanket, my nausea had completely disappeared. Sure, I was still exhausted and headachy and acutely aware of every single one of my flaws, but I had regained the stomach and desire for a cheeseburger, which, once consumed, put me on the road to recovery.”

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A Food Writer’s Tasty Secret for Calming Indigestion