We all know that feeling when you suddenly get all hot and uncomfortable, and you look down to see your stomach is swollen to twice its normal size, and your jeans button might just pop open.
It’s frustrating, embarrassing, uncomfortable, and can be very painful.
But bloating is a fairly common problem for many women.
Most of us think we have to cut out foods and restrict what we eat, and drink, to avoid feeling like this.
However, there is a much easier option.
Did you know that certain teas can not only reduce bloating in the long-term, but also help with water retention and other symptoms of an unhappy gut?
Why do we bloat?
Bloating can be caused by many different things but the most common reason is just a build-up of gas.
If gas can’t escape your stomach properly your belly expands to make room.
Unpleasant and painful.
You might also notice it tries to escape any way it can! Sometimes gas is caused by a certain food but it can also be a sign of indigestion.
Indigestion can lead to bloating if you have eaten an excessive amount of food or drunk too much alcohol in a short space of time. It can be painful and lead to a swollen stomach and a very hot, flushed feeling as well as feeling nauseous.
Sometimes, eating too much salty food can also cause bloating.
An excess of salt results in a build-up of sodium which can cause excess water retention, bloating and indigestion. Not nice.
Dealing with bloating
Bloating is very frustrating.
It leaves you feeling awful and can affect everything from what you wear, to your confidence, and your energy levels. How are you suppose to choose an outfit if you are one size at the start of the night but then have to deal with bloating at the end of the evening? Any tight clothing will stretch or put pressure on your stomach and leave you feeling even more uncomfortable and self-conscious. This can have a knock-on effect on your self-esteem.
The fact that bloating can be triggered by so many different things means it can hit at any time. If you suffer from bloating or excess water retention, you might be reluctant to commit to plans in case you suddenly feel bloated. Even if you do make plans you will probably be concerned, always watching what you eat and worried that your dietary requirements are a nuisance. Luckily, just as bloating can strike at any time, there are some simple things you can do to fight back and beat the bloat.
Addressing bloating can involve going to the doctors and taking prescribed medications. However, if you don’t want to be popping pills full of chemicals, you can just drink tea.
That’s right, tea.
Some teas contain some very special properties which can reduce bloating and help your body digest anything which is causing you discomfort. But not all teas are the same. Here’s a list of the best teas for bloating in Australia you can make at home:
Peppermint tea is great for soothing and calming a whole range of digestive issues.
The compounds in peppermint leaves can help prevent bacteria in your gut from releasing gas causing you to bloat.
Additionally, the oil in the mint also helps relieve stomach cramps, stomach pain and digestive issues.
Drinking Peppermint tea is like resetting your digestive system. If you drink it regularly, you can help prevent bloating as well as treating it when it starts.
Chamomile is well-known as a calming, night-time tea to aid sleep.
Part of the way it helps you sleep is because it soothes digestive problems and helps your body release tension, stress and cramps related to bloating and water retention.
Chamomile contains terpenoids and flavonoids which have anti-inflammatory benefits.
According to some studies, drinking chamomile tea can help reduce the hot, uncomfortable feeling you get from bloating and will help you digest any excess foods.
Bloating is sometimes caused by an excess of a hormone called aldosterone. When you have too much of this in your system, your kidneys retain water and sodium which leaves you feeling uncomfortable and with a swollen stomach.
One scientific study showed that drinking hibiscus tea can help reduce the amount of aldosterone your body produces.
This in turn minimizes the amount of sodium and potassium you have in your body which means no more bloating.
If that wasn’t enough, the hibiscus flower is also a diuretic so any excess water will be flushed out leaving you feeling great. Hibiscus is great for summer time as it tastes great when cool. Use dried hibiscus flowers and boiling water to make some tea.
Allow it to cool and then pour over plenty of ice, add a dash of sugar and a squeeze of lime for a delicious and very summery way to beat bloating.
Tea Cleanse Berry Bay
Specially formulated to reduce bloating and flush out excess water, the Black Leaves Berry Bay Tea Cleanse can significantly minimise the effects of bloating. The blend includes hibiscus flower to regulate the aldosterone hormone and control bloating and puffiness.
Unlike plain hibiscus flower tea, Berry Bay also helps to promote healthy skin, encourage detoxification and can even help you lose weight. The natural formula is kind to your body and is full of antioxidants to reduce inflammation and give your immune system a boost. It also tastes great!
Organic Digestive Tea Cinnamon Garden
If berry flavours aren’t for you, then Black Leaves has got you covered with our Cinnamon Garden tea blend. The 100% natural blend includes peppermint, ginger, dandelion, sunflower and fennel. The tea is designed to help your digestive system function to maximum capacity and will supress your appetite until your body is ready to ingest more food.
Drinking just one cup a day can reduce the effect of bloating, help manage constipation and indigestion, as well as helping you lose weight. The expert blend is formulated to be so effective; we recommend drinking just one cup a day.
Lemon Balm tea
A member of the mint family, lemon balm is also great for helping with digestive issues.
As a carminative herb it can help reduce gas build-up which means no bloating, and no awkward flatulence! Lemon Balm is also great if you have bowel issues such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). This means its great at soothing your digestive system and helping your body get everything going smoothly again.
Lemon Balm tea is also very calming and helps reduce stress and anxiety. This means when you’re feeling self-conscious and uncomfortable it will help you relax, even if you are bloated.
New Me 28 Day Teatox
If you’re looking for the complete package to tackle bloating, water retention, digestive issues as well as giving your gut a boost, the New Me 28 Day teatox package is just what you need.
The 28 day teatox contains four different tea blends which, when used together, help tackle all the key problems we face every day.
Specifically formulated with natural ingredients, the teatox comes with both the Cinnamon Gardens Digestive tea as well as the Berry Bay Cleanse. Combined, the teas are a powerful was to kickstart a healthy eating programme and can be used to combat regular bloating, eliminate water weight, shed excess fat, boost energy, clear skin and encourage a healthy gut.
While dandelions may be annoying in your garden, they are great for your stomach. The best thing about dandelions is they don’t need any preparation. You can go out, pick everything from the leaves to the stem to the flower, rinse it, and then use it in your tea. You can add honey to make it sweeter.
Dandelion has anti-inflammatory properties as well as being a diuretic (it will make you pee!) so it’s great for minimising bloating and tackling water retention. The antioxidants in the plant will also give your liver a boost so when drunk regularly, it can help manage bloating before you feel the effects.
Does tea actually works for bloating?
If your bloating is caused by a medical issue then drinking tea will help manage the symptoms and provide relief, but it won’t fix the problem.
However, if your bloating is caused by excess food, food intolerance or drinking alcohol, then teas can form part of a long-term solution.
Feeling bloated because of excess eating can also lead to unwanted weight gain, water retention, a sluggish metabolism, lack of energy and constipation. Drinking teas which are specifically designed to combat these issues can improve your overall gut health. This means when you do over indulge, your body is better prepared to process the food. It will store less food as fat and use the food to give you energy instead.
Beating bloating isn’t just about those few hours when your stomach swells, it’s about how you process foods, store fat, convert food to energy and how you feel about yourself.
Want to get started right now?
Bloating won’t go away on its own.
In many cases, it actually gets worse with age. You need to start dealing with it immediately to get the long-term benefits. If your bloating is minor and rare, you could tackle it before it becomes a real problem. If it already affects you regularly, then getting started today could change your life.
If you are unsure about where to start, then now is the perfect time to trail the Black Leaves teas.
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There’s no better time to tackle the uncomfortable feeling of bloating. If you do nothing, you might end up needing medication or will have to cut your favorite food out of your diet.
The benefits of drinking tea can help reduce bloating as well as promoting a healthy gut and you might even lose some weight as well.
If you want to read more about how tea can help you reach your weight-loss goals, we’ve got a blog post here to help you out.
But if you are looking to tackle bloating in a natural, and very tasty way, then tea is the answer.
As our teas are made of natural ingredients and formulated to maximize effectiveness, you can be sure that you’ll never have to deal with an uncomfortable, swollen stomach again!
Have you had a difficult experience with bloating in the past? Do you have any recipes which have helped?
We’d love to hear from you.