5 Teas That Can Improve Digestion
Drinking tea has been one of the methods used to treat digestive issues and other illnesses for thousands of years. Several herbal teas have been shown to help with constipation, indigestion, and more. Fortunately, most of them are widely available and easy to make.
Here are 5 teas that help to improve your digestion:
1) Sacha Inchi Tea
Cultivated by the Peruvian Amazon for many centuries, sacha inchi is named the next “superfood” that everyone should try by the nutritionist.
Having more fibre than broccoli and apples, Sacha inchi offers a significant source of fibre to aid digestive health. Fibre encourages regular bowel movements by adding bulk to your stools. This prevents constipation as sacha inchi tea allows your body to gets rids of the toxins itself.
To make sacha inchi tea, steep 1 sachet of Inca Tea in 1 cup (250ml) of boiled water for 3 – 5 minutes, depending on personal preference. Strain the tea bag before drinking.
2) Peppermint Tea
Peppermint, a green herb, is well known for its refreshing flavour and ability to soothe an upset stomach. Studies have shown that menthol, a compound in peppermint, improves digestive issues.
Peppermint oil is often used to improve irritable bowel syndrome, an inflammatory condition that affected the large intestine. It can cause stomach pain, bloating gas, and other unpleasant symptoms. Peppermint tea may provide similar benefits, although its effects on human digestion haven not been studied.
To make peppermint tea, soak 7 – 10 fresh peppermint leaves or 1 peppermint tea bag in 1 cup (250ml) of boiled water for 10 minutes before drinking it.
3) Ginger Tea
Ginger is a flowering plant native to Asia. Its stem is popularly used as a spice worldwide in cooking.
Compounds in ginger, known as gingerols and shogaols, can help stimulate stomach contractions and emptying. Hence, the spice helps with nausea, cramping, bloating gas, or indigestion.
To make ginger tea, boil 2 tablespoons of slice ginger root in 2 cups (500ml) of water for 10 – 20 minutes before straining and drinking it. You can also steep a ginger tea bag for a few minutes.
4) Black Tea
Black tea comes from the Camellia Sinensis plant and it’s often brewed with other plants in varieties like English Breakfast and Earl Grey.
This tea boasts several healthy compounds like thearubigins and theaflavins. Thearubigins may improve digestion and theaflavins acts as antioxidants and may protect against stomach ulcers.
To make black tea, steep a black tea bag in 1 cup of boiled water for 5 – 10 minutes before drinking. You can also use loose tea leaves and just strain the tea leaves after steeping.
5) Dandelion Tea
Dandelions are yellow flowers from the Taraxacum family. They are grown worldwide, including in many people’s lawns.
Animal studies have shown that dandelion extracts contain compounds that may promote digestion by stimulating muscle contractions and promotes the flow of food from the stomach to our small intestine. Thus, drinking dandelion tea may improve our digestion.
To make dandelion tea, combine 2 cups of dandelion flowers and 4 cups of water in a saucepan. Bring it to a boil, then remove it from heat and let it soak for 5 – 10 minutes. Strain the tea before drinking it.
Herbal teas can provide a variety of digestive benefits, including relief from constipation, ulcers, and indigestion. If you want to start drinking a certain tea to aid your digestion, be sure to confirm the appropriate amount to brew and how often to drink it.
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