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7 Best Tea for Bloating and Stomach Gas Relief

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7 Best Tea for Bloating and Stomach Gas Relief

Does it seem like every meal makes you feel bloated and gassy? Or do bloating and gas strike randomly, for no apparent reason at all?

Whatever the case, you’re probably desperate for a solution to make that nasty bloat go away.

There are many reasons for gassiness and bloating – and most are to do with your gut health.

What Causes Bloating?

Disorders such as inflammatory bowel disease (which includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis) and celiac disease are the most serious causes of gastrointestinal bloating.[1]

A sluggish bowel is also a major cause, particularly when it leads to chronic constipation. When your gut isn’t emptied often enough, your abdomen can become too ‘full’. Similarly, bloating can result from gastroparesis, a delay in the emptying of food from the stomach into the small intestine. This is often the result of low stomach acid.[2]

Most often, poor gut bacteria are to blame. When ‘bad’ gut bacteria overwhelm your ‘good’ bacteria, the result is some form dysbiosis. If untreated, this can lead to Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) (too many bad bacteria in the small intestine) or Candida overgrowth.

SIBO occurs when bacteria from one part of the digestive tract end up in the small intestine, or when the naturally occurring bacteria in your small intestine grow out of control. This imbalance of bacteria in your gut can cause bloating, diarrhea, and pain.[3]

Similarly, an overgrowth of Candida albicans yeast can lead to gas and bloating. Candida yeast can usually live naturally in the gut without causing any problems – but when it grows out of control, it can wreak havoc on your normal digestive function.[4]

There may also be certain foods you are allergic or intolerant to. Wheat and dairy are some of the most common causes of bloating, along with fructooligosaccharides (present in onions, garlic, apples and other foods containing high FODMAPs).

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Of course, there are times it’s really hard to avoid certain foods! For example, you might know that beans and spices give you a terrible stomach-ache, but your boss has just shouted lunch at the local Mexican restaurant… or, you know that you can’t tolerate dairy products, but your best friend has just given you a box of chocolates for your birthday.

In these cases, it’s helpful to know that relief is just a tea away!

Best 7 Teas To Reduce Bloating

There are many amazing medicinal herbs that can be brewed into a tea for bloating and gas relief. Drinking these teas throughout the day can help to relieve the pain and discomfort of digestive ills.

1. Peppermint Tea

Peppermint is a wonderful herb that has been used to treat digestive ills for centuries. This is all thanks to its active ingredient, menthol.

Menthol is what gives peppermint its ‘minty’ taste. Menthol also delivers a wonderful flavor while helping to reduce inflammation. The anti-inflammatory properties of peppermint tea help to soothe stomach discomfort that can cause bloating and gas.

Studies show that peppermint tea harbors potent antispasmodic properties, which simply means that it helps your intestines to relax. This helps to alleviate that nasty intestinal gas and bloating.

Research has also found that peppermint tea can provide an analgesic (pain-relieving) effect that help to relieve the discomfort associated with a bloated belly.[5]

2. Ginger Tea

Ginger tea is made from the root (rhizome) of the ginger plant. It’s a spicy, warming flavor that’s both stimulating and nourishing.

Ginger is a powerful anti-emetic, which means it can help to reduce feeling of nausea and indigestion. It’s been used for hundreds of years to as a home remedy for vomiting, stomach upsets and even morning sickness.

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Fresh ginger tea is especially effective in soothing a bloated tummy due to its anti-inflammatory and carminative properties. It’s also an anti-inflammatory, so it’s especially useful for IBS.

Ginger tea has also been found to help your digestive system to empty more quickly and efficiently, which helps prevent that ‘stuffed’ feeling you have after a meal.

3. Chamomile Tea

This gentle tea is renowned for soothing a sore tummy while also boosting mood! Made by steeping chamomile flowers in hot water, chamomile tea offers natural calming effects for the body and mind. It can also help to reduce water retention and improve overall mood and wellbeing.

Research has shown that chamomile is especially helpful for irritable bowel syndrome, helping to soothe the intestinal tract and ‘unclench’ those stomach muscles. It also appears that chamomile can help to combat the bloating effects caused by lactose-containing foods.

Regularly drinking chamomile tea can help to improve sleep quality and relaxation. It appears to work on a chemical level, boosting GABA receptors in the nervous system to improve your mood.[6]

4. Green Tea

Among its many medicinal properties, green tea is a fantastic digestive aid. In fact, it may be one of the best teas for your gut, thanks to its high content of catechins and antioxidants. These catechins are not only powerful scavengers of free radicals (which can damage cells), they help to soothe muscles in your gastrointestinal tract.

Green tea can also help to eliminate the build-up of gas in the intestines, which brings down bloating in your tummy. In addition, green tea helps your digestive system function more efficiently, stimulating the enzymes that your body requires to properly break down food.[7]

5. Hibiscus Tea

We tend to think of the hibiscus as just a pretty flower, but it’s also an excellent digestive tonic. It’s made by infusing the vibrant petals of the hibiscus in boiling water. This produces a fragrant, caffeine-free tea with a distinctive flavor. Some say it even has hints of cranberry!

The great thing about hibiscus tea is that it helps to balance hormones. This can reduce water retention and eliminate bloating, particularly during certain times of the month.

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The high flavonoid content of hibiscus tea also helps to modulate aldosterone, the hormone responsible for regulating water intake and electrolyte levels.[8]

6. Fennel Tea

Fennel is a revered digestion aid that has been used for centuries. Fennel tea is made from the seeds of the fennel plant, which harbour a wonderfully sweet flavour similar to licorice root.

Research published in the Journal of Food Biochemistry has shown that fennel is an excellent anti-inflammatory, particularly in the digestive tract. The volatile oils in the plant have also long been used to treat digestive upset – possibly because it contains estrogen, which inhibits muscles spasms. This helps your digestive system to break down food more efficiently, without bloating.[9]

Fennel’s aromatic and carminative properties also relieve flatulence, diarrhea, bloating or stomach cramps, which are often caused by irritable bowel syndrome. Fennel tea even helps to reduce acidity in both your stomach and intestines.

7. Dandelion Root Tea

Dandelion root is one of the best herbal aids for the liver. Dandelion tea can be made from the root alone, or the entire plant: roots, leaves, and petals. However, most research has been conducted on the medicinal benefits of dandelion root.

Dandelion root tea is a natural diuretic, which means it helps your body to flush out excess fluid and eliminate toxins. This goes a long way in helping to alleviate the bloating caused by tummy gas.

Dandelion root also stimulates the liver, which plays a key role in digestive function. It helps with cleansing and a sluggish liver, and encourages the secretion of bile by the hepatobiliary system. This makes it a highly beneficial aid for reducing congestion of the liver and gall bladder.

Which Is the Best Tea for Bloating?

So, which is the best tea for bloating? It’s hard to choose just one, as everyone will have different preferences and symptoms. However, chamomile tea is generally regarded as the most gentle and effective for all kinds of symptoms. It’s powerful yet soothing and has only a mild flavor.

Best of all, chamomile has the added benefit of calming the mind and relieving nervous tension, which can be a factor in stomach bloating.

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Final Thoughts

While these herbal teas are all useful in relieving the acute symptoms of bloating and gas, they’re still only a temporary fix. If you find that you suffer from these digestive problems on a daily basis, it’s likely that your gut bacteria are in trouble. The best way to treat this is through diet and probiotics.

Try to remove foods from your diet that are high in sugar. Cut down on red meats

Probiotic supplements are typically available in capsule or tablet form. They’re a convenient way of delivering ‘live’ beneficial bacteria to your gut, where they can re-colonise and establish a healthy balance again.

Look for a quality probiotic supplement with a high CFU count (colony-forming units) and preferably one that contains a variety of strains: 7 Best Probiotic Supplements (Recommendation & Reviews)

It’s also important to examine your diet for foods that you may be reacting to. As mentioned above, wheat and dairy are common causes of gas and bloating, so it’s important to eliminate these first – and then observe your symptoms when you re-introduce them to your diet.

Also, take a look at the FODMAP list of foods and consider which may be causing your symptoms. Remember, gas and bloating usually has many different causes!

Featured photo credit: Sebastian Sammer via unsplash.com

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10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

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10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

A honeymoon is important.  The wedding is over.  The months, or even years, of stress and planning are finally over.  It’s time for the two of you to relax, settle in, and start enjoying your time together as you embark on your first journey as a family.

To make the most of this time for the least amount of money, it’s important to focus on what you want out of a honeymoon.  This isn’t your typical list of touristy honeymoon locations everyone goes to.  Rather, it’s a list of cheap honeymoon experiences a couple can enjoy together, regardless of where it’s at.

1. Camping

A week long camping trip is a fantastic way to see how you mesh together as a couple.  You’re put in a low impact “survival” situation where it’s just the 2 of you and nature.  You have a chance to see how your new spouse handles themselves when left with the basics of life.  There are amazing national parks all over the United States where you can camp for a week for $20-30, disconnect from technology, and enjoy some of the natural wonders our nation has to offer.

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2. Staycation

You don’t have to go anywhere for a honeymoon.  In fact, the tradition of taking a honeymoon vacation is a relatively new one.  Prior to the 19th century, a honeymoon involved staying home together for a month to get to know each other physically.  Think of how blissful it could be to take a full month off work, disconnect from the outside world, and focus entirely on projects together.  You may not be wowing your friends and family with pictures of some exotic location, but they’ll be envious of your escape from the rat race nonetheless.

3. Island Getaway

People tend to overspend on their honeymoon vacations to Hawaii, Tahiti, etc.  Going to these places doesn’t have to be expensive.  You don’t need to stay in a 5 star resort when you’re on a Best Western budget.  You’re there to be in the atmosphere of the island, not a hotel room. Book a cheap flight and sleep in a hotel alternative, on the beach or in your car.  It’s the view in paradise that really matters.

4. Fancy Resort

Book an expensive resort, spa, or retreat in the city you live in.  While this may seem counterintuitive as a cheap destination, when you consider your savings on airfare and other travel costs, you can afford to be treated like royalty within your own city limits.  If you book a honeymoon package, you’ll end up with a lot of free amenities and extra attention.  There’s no need to fly halfway across the world to live the good life.

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5. Road Trip

The journey is often more fulfilling than the actual destination.  If you fly out to some exotic locale, you’ll be stuck on a plane for 8-30 hours.  Rent a luxury car, pick a handful of places you each have always wanted to visit, and go on an adventure.  You can keep food costs down by packing your own snacks, but it’s always a good idea to sample the local delicacies wherever you go, even if it’s only a few states over.

6. Charter a Boat

If the ocean is your thing, a week-long cruise can cost you $1500-$3000 per person, depending on the destination.  You also have to factor in travel costs to and from the cruise, alcohol, souvenirs, and on-shore excursions.  You’ll also be surrounded by people.  For the same price (and often much cheaper), you can charter your own boat and enjoy the experience in private.

7. Las Vegas/Atlantic City

If gambling is your thing, these are the places to do it.  Which one you choose depends on your preference, budget, and proximity.  The way to make this vacation cheaper is to gamble smart.  Stay away from low odd tables (i.e craps, roulette) and read up on the MIT blackjack strategies to beat the house.  If you do it right, you can win enough for a free trip (and gain a valuable team skill in the process).

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8. Themed Retreats

There are weeklong retreats all over the world where you can fully immerse yourselves as a couple into a hobby you’re both passionate about.  Go on a yoga/meditation retreat, a ranch, a vineyard/farm, a backpacking adventure, treasure hunt, or whatever you’re into.

9. Working Honeymoon

Your honeymoon doesn’t have to be a vacation.  For a truly memorable experience, dedicate a week to a charity or volunteer organization.  You can drive out to a campground to help restore it in the offseason.  Maybe you’ve always wanted to volunteer to help out your local animal shelter, plant trees, help the homeless, etc.  Use the time to do something together as a couple that will fulfill you spiritually while contributing to the community.  Just because you’re on a honeymoon doesn’t mean you can’t be productive.

10. Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

Every city, state, and country has festivals, fairs, and special events.  Find one you’re interested in.  If you time your wedding right, your honeymoon can be a trip to one of these festivals.  Burning Man, SXSW, Bonnaroo, the Renaissance Fair, regional harvest festivals, Mardi Gras, New Years Eve in Times Square, a movie premiere, or whatever you’re into.  If you plan your honeymoon at the right time in the right place, the possibilities are endless.

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