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Bloating makes the belly feel swollen, which can result in pain and discomfort. About 20-30% of people experience bloating more often. This condition can be triggered by several factors including food intolerance, a buildup of gas in the gut, imbalanced intestinal bacteria, ulcers, constipation, and parasitic infections. It turns out that certain herbal teas can be used to alleviate bloating. Staying hydrated with tea can help fight the discomfort, plus you will have enough water in the body. Although it sounds unreasonable to fill up on water when you’re already feeling full and uncomfortable, drinking adequate amounts of fluid helps relieve bloating and prevent it from recurring. Below are the best de-bloating herbal teas.

Ginger Tea

Ginger tea is made from the roots of the Zingiber officinale plant which is known to cure a host of digestive issues. There is an active compound in ginger that exhibits pharmacological and physiological activities in the body. Ginger has been found to have a stimulatory effect on gastric emptying thus providing relief from bloating more quickly.

Also, taking one to one and a half grams of ginger capsules daily may help relieve nausea. To make ginger tea, peel and slice a quarter piece of fresh ginger per cup of water and boil for 10 minutes, and then strain. Alternatively, you can use a quarter (0.5 to 1 gram) of powdered, dried ginger root per cup of boiled water. Steep for five minutes. To reduce the spicy flavor of ginger, you can add honey and lemon to the tea.

Dandelion Tea

To many, the dandelion plant is just but a harmless weed. But this is a powerful medicinal herb whose use dates back thousands of years ago. Dandelion was used in ancient Chinese and Arabic medicine as well as Native American culture. The roots, leaves, and flowers of this plant have been found to provide numerous health benefits. Consuming dandelion tea stimulate digestion allowing toxins to escape the liver, thus easing discomfort due to bloating. To make dandelion tea, harvest fresh dandelion flowers, then pour boiling water directly into the flowers. Stir and steep for five minutes.

Peppermint Tea

Peppermint is widely recognized for helping soothe the digestive system. Compounds called flavonoids present in peppermint help to inhibit the activity of mast cells, multiple immune system cells that sometimes contribute to bloating. A study confirmed that peppermint relaxes the gut, which relives intestinal spasms as well as bloating. To make peppermint tea, use one teaspoon of dried peppermint leaves, a tea bag or 3 teaspoons of fresh peppermint tea then add to one cup of boiling water. Allow it to steep for 10 minutes then strain.

Fennel Tea

Fennel was traditionally used to cleanse the breath and stimulate digestion. This plant is one of the most widely used for both complementary and alternative medical practices. It helps to treat a range of illnesses with ease including abdominal pain, gas, constipation and bloating. A group of people with chronic constipation were given one daily serving of fennel tea. They had an average of four more bowel movement over 28 days than those who drank a placebo. When making fennel tea, use a tea bag or buy fennel seeds and crush them for tea. Then use one to two teaspoons of seeds per cup of boiling water. Steep for 10 to 15 minutes and serve.

Lemon Balm

Lemon balm plant belongs to the mint family and has a lemony scent flavor. It decreases abdominal pain, constipation, and other digestive ailments. It can relieve bloating and gas according to the European Medicines Agency based on its traditional use. More human studies are required to determine the effect of lemon balm tea alone on the body. If you don’t want to use a tea bag, use a teaspoon of dried lemon balm leaves and steep in one cup of boiled water for 10 minutes.

Chamomile Tea

Chamomile has anti-inflammatory properties that help fight against bloating. Most people use chamomile to promote sleep, but taking it helps with other functions including to treat indigestion, gas, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and ulcers. The dried chamomile tea should be made from the flower heads instead of the leaves and stems. The tea contains flavonoids too. To make a cup of chamomile tea, pour one cup of boiling water over a teaspoon of dried chamomile.

Conclusion

Most traditional medicines suggest that several herbal teas are good at reducing abdominal bloating, digestive upset. Taking the above teas can help ease your bloating within a short period of time. However, if your bloating persists for longer than usual, you should consult the doctor for proper treatment. Also, if you have any medical condition, you should talk to your doctor before taking herbal teas.

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