Tea has been used medicinally as a natural remedy for centuries for the body as well as the mind. Drinking tea is something that I’ve added to my daily self-care routine and I’ve noticed a difference in my overall health and mood. There is literally a tea for every type of ailment out there and is one of the best things you can put in your body.
Today, I am focusing on my favorite herbal teas for your digestive health. After every meal, especially a heavy one it really helps to have a cup of tea to alleviate any discomfort such as indigestion, bloating, gas, cramps, etc.
Peppermint Tea: Peppermint tea has the ability to improve digestion, relieve pain, and eliminate inflammation. This tea stimulates the flow of bile to increase the rate and efficiency of digestion and promotes healthy bowel movements. Peppermint tea is also good for easing constricting muscles, so it is good for menstrual cramps as well. It is caffeine-free so you can drink this right after dinner and before bedtime to heal and relax yourself. Peppermint oil is also something you can look into if you suffer from IBS otherwise known as Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Ginger Root Tea: Ginger tea is useful in treating digestive issues because helps with all three phases of gastrointestinal functions: digestive, absorption, and elimination. Ginger root tea has been proven effective at relieving gas and heartburn. It is also known to help with nutrient absorption so after you eat a healthy meal drink some ginger tea to get the maximum benefits of the nutrients you just consumed. You can make your own ginger tea by peeling and adding two one-inch slices of fresh ginger root to two cups of water to a boil. Let steep for about half an hour, pour and enjoy.
Dandelion Tea: Dandelion tea is packed with a ton of Vitamin A and C which helps with mineral absorption, reduces inflammation and prevents the development of disease. Dandelion helps maintain the flow of bile which helps the enzymes in our body to break down fat into fatty acid. It also serves a natural diuretic which allows your liver to more quickly eliminate toxins. It’s beneficial for fighting bacterial infections within your digestive tract.
Oolong Tea: Oolong tea is one of the most beneficial teas in the world and falls somewhere in between a green tea and a black tea. This tea is rich in antioxidants and contains vital vitamins and minerals along with detoxifying alkaloids. Oolong tea is amazing for your gut health and helps boost your metabolism. Oolong tea does contain caffeine so this is something you want to drink during the day. Be aware of how your body reacts to caffeine and drink accordingly. Fun fact: People who drink tea burn an average of 67 more calories a day than those who drink the same amount of water.
You can buy already made tea bags to keep it fast and simple. My favorite brand for tea bags is: Traditional Medicinals Herbal Teas