A cup of tea a day might actually keep the doctor away.
We undervalue the importance of a good cup of tea at the start or the end of the day. Many people use it to wake up, or wind down, but what if we told you that it did more than just manage our energy/moods?
Several herbal teas have been around for centuries, primarily to help people with all sorts of digestive health issues. Furthermore, tea is an integral part of alternative practices used, by many healers across the world.
So what can herbal tea do for digestive health?
. Bloated discomfort etc.
So it goes to show just how much influence a cup of hot water and some leaves can really influence our help. The great thing is that you can pretty much buy tea EVERYWHERE.
So, what herbal teas help target digestive health?
Peppermint – Peppermint is a green herb from the Menthe Piperita plant and is well known for its refreshing flavor and incredible abilities to soothe an upset stomach. There have been many studies undergone to prove the incredible benefits for digestive issues.
Peppermint oil should also not be disregarded and can be infused with hot water to help improve symptoms caused by IBS or IBD, such as bloating, gas, stomach pain, etc.
For the most effective use of peppermint, you need to leave the teabag in hot water for at least 10 minutes to allow it to soak. Otherwise, peppermint oil is a safe bet.
Ginger – is a popular spice used worldwide. In fact, it is a flowering plant native to Asia and a very popular medicinal plant that is used for many different digestive issues. Including, stomach contractions and emptying. Also nausea, cramping, bloating, gas and indigestion.
Many people actually use natural chopped up ginger in hot water to get the most beneficial experience, however, tea also proves to create similar effects.
Nevertheless, if you feel nausea give ginger tea a try!
Gentian root – This bad boy is also a family of the flowering plants. There have been different varieties of gentian roots that have been used to stimulate appetite and treat stomach ailments for many years.
This would be a great option for those with IBD, who already struggle to have any sort of appetite due to the symptoms caused by the disease.
What we love about this root is that it increases the production of digestive enzymes and acids, which humans with IBS and IBD struggle to produce without assistance. Hence the challenging times in digesting certain foods.
Gentian root can also improve blood flow to the digestive system, which helps improve digestion.
Fennel – Is from the herb family and has a unique licorice flavor. It can be eaten raw, or cooked, but in this case, lets cook it in a hot cup of water!
Fennel helps prevent stomach ulcers, which are likely due to the herbs high levels of antioxidant compounds, which help fight off radicals or better known as ‘cell damage’ associated with the development of ulcers.
It may also help relieve constipation as well as promote bowel movements.
Fennel tea can be made by using the seeds. Pour boiling water over the seeds and let it sit for 10 minutes before drinking.
Marshmallow root – Marshmallow root comes from a plant. It is great for IBD, stimulating the production of mucus cells that line your digestive tract. It also decreases levels of unwanted histamines that create inflammation.
There you have it! Our five favorite teas that we highly recommend, especially during these cooler months.