These 10 teas can reduce bloating in the long term and also help with water retention and other symptoms of an unhappy gut.
- Bloating is a common problem for many women.
- It’s frustrating, embarrassing, and can be very painful.
Most of us think the solution is to change our diet and watch what we drink, which can help, but sometimes the cause is beyond our control.
Why do we bloat?
Bloating can be caused by many different things, but the most common reason is a build-up of gas. If gas can’t escape your stomach properly, your belly expands to make room. You might also notice it tries to escape any way it can!
- Sometimes gas is caused by a particular 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 extremely uncomfortable and, at worst, quite painful.
Sometimes, eating too much salty food can cause bloating. An excess of salt results in a build-up of sodium, which can cause excess water retention, bloating and indigestion.
Dealing with bloating
Bloating leaves you feeling awful and can affect everything from what you wear to your confidence and your energy levels.
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 may be constantly concerned, always watching what you eat to the point where your dietary requirements become 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 try these 10 delicious teas for bloating.
Some herbal blends contain exceptional properties which can reduce bloating and help your body digest anything that usually causes you discomfort.
But not all teas are the same.
Peppermint tea has been used for centuries to soothe and calm a range of digestive issues.
- The bio-compounds in peppermint leaves contain both anti-spasmodic properties and muscle relaxants which have been found to relax the smooth muscle in the stomach.
This makes it easier for any trapped gas, food or liquid to escape the stomach and continue on its way through the intestines. This reduces bloating and offers welcome relief.
A second way peppermint can help with bloating was discovered while researchers were doing tests on mice. Flavonoids in peppermint were found to inhibit the activity of special cells called mast cells. These cells are found in abundance in your gut and are often the cause of bloating.
Peppermint has been particularly good at relieving the uncomfortable symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IMS).
Just be warned. Drinking peppermint tea is not recommended if you suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), as the oils that bring welcome relief from bloating antagonise the complaint, making it worse.
Peppermint tea reduces bloating in a couple of ways. Firstly, by relaxing the smooth muscle of the stomach to allow free flow of food. Secondly, by controlling gut flora. Peppermint tea should be avoided by people suffering from GERD.
Chamomile is well-known as a calming, night-time tea to aid sleep, but some of the properties which help us sleep can also help relieve unpleasant bloating.
Like peppermint tea, chamomile tea has bio-compounds that relax the smooth muscles of the stomach wall, allowing gas to escape the stomach and digestive system.
Laboratory tests also indicate that chamomile tea can prevent a build-up of Helicobacter pylori, a type of harmful bacteria associated with bloating. When left too long, it can cause ulcers in the stomach and colon.
- Chamomile contains terpenoids and flavonoids, which have anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic benefits. This has advantages for digestive health because together, they can relieve cramping and stomach pain.
According to some studies, drinking chamomile tea can help reduce the hot, uncomfortable feeling you get from bloating and help you digest excess food.
Chamomile tea relaxes the smooth muscle in the digestive system, allowing food to pass through easily and any gas. It also helps prevent increased levels of bad gut flora that can cause bloating and ulcers and prevents cramping.
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 with an uncomfortable, swollen stomach.
- One scientific study showed that drinking hibiscus tea can help reduce the amount of aldosterone your body produces. This, in turn, minimises 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 a diuretic. Any excess water will be flushed out, leaving you feeling much more comfortable.
Hibiscus is ideal for summer as it tastes delicious when cool. Use dried hibiscus flowers and boiling water to make 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.
Hibiscus tea combats bloating by reducing the amount of aldosterone the body produces. Hibiscus flowers are also natural diuretics, which means they have a chemical that makes you urinate more often, thereby helping you to reduce water weight.
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.
It also contains cranberries which are also proven to reduce water weight.
- Unlike plain hibiscus flower tea, Berry Bay also helps to promote healthy skin, encourage detoxification and can 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 berry, berry delicious!
Tea Cleanse Berry Bay is a unique blend of herbs and berries designed to cleanse the body. Part of this cleanse includes flushing out excess water and sodium.
Organic Digestive Tea Cinnamon Garden
Organic Digestive Tea Cinnamon Garden includes peppermint, ginger, dandelion, sunflower and fennel.
- The tea is designed to help your digestive system function to maximum capacity and suppress 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.
This is another blend of herbs specially formulated to improve the health of your digestive system. When your stomach and bowels are working 100%, problems such as bloating, water retention and indigestion become a thing of the past. One cup a day is all it takes.
Lemon Balm tea
A member of the mint family, lemon balm is an effective aid for digestive issues.
- As a carminative herb, it can help reduce gas build-up, which means no bloating and no embarrassing flatulence! Lemon balm is also beneficial if you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) because it soothes your digestive system and helps your body get everything working 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.
Lemon balm is carminative, which is a herb that can prevent the formation of gas in the digestive system or speed up the expulsion of gas, thereby preventing bloating.
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 herbal tea blends, which, when used together, help tackle all the fundamental 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 way 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.
The New Me 28 Day Teatox is a specially formulated programme to cleanse the body of toxins and excess water, reduce weight, and generally get you feeling 100% again.
While dandelions may be annoying in your garden, they are of enormous benefit 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 them, and then use them in your tea. You can add honey to make it sweeter.
- Dandelion has anti-inflammatory properties as well as being a diuretic, which means it will make you urinate more often. This makes it perfect 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, so you need never feel that awkward discomfort again.
Dandelions are a diuretic, which helps reduce water weight, and they also have anti-inflammatory properties. This means they can help reduce bloating by minimising the inflammation that causes stomach upsets.
Ginger tea is one of the more effective teas for dealing with digestion and has been used for centuries to cure all manner of stomach upsets. Taken regularly, ginger tea can protect the gut and ensure your digestive system runs smoothly all the time.
It works to prevent bloating in a couple of ways. Firstly, it stimulates digestive juices, thereby speeding up the digestion process. A sluggish system means the food moves more slowly, resulting in the production of more gas and the absorption of more calories, which means more fat.
- Further, ginger is a carminative. It has properties that relax the smooth muscle of the stomach to allow gas to escape more easily. It is a build-up of gas in the abdomen that causes bloating.
Ginger tea also prevents cramping. This makes it effective against both stomach and menstrual cramps. And it also has potent anti-inflammatory properties, making it highly effective against irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Ginger is a carminative, so it relaxes the muscles of the stomach to allow gas to escape freely. It also prevents bloating by speeding up the digestion process. It also has anti-spasmodic properties, which can reduce and prevent cramping. Its anti-inflammatory properties make it effective against IBS
Amelie flat tummy tea
We saved the best ‘til last. If you want to blast bloating and indigestion out of the water forever, Amelie flat tummy tea is the tea for you.
This is a special blend of organic peppermint, dandelion, turmeric, chamomile and fennel seeds – all of the teas we have discussed together.
- This extra-special, powerful blend will not only take away your digestion issues and bloating, but taken regularly, it will continue to protect your stomach, so you need never again experience the discomfort of bloating and indigestion.
This rich blend of organic herbs is a powerhouse of protection for your digestive system. Each of these individual herbs brings with it all the benefits we have discussed above to help you never again experience uncomfortable bloating.
Does tea actually work for bloating?
If your bloating is caused by a medical issue, drinking tea will help manage the symptoms and provide relief, but it won't fix it.
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 that are specifically designed to combat these issues can improve your overall gut health.
This means when you do overindulge, 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.
Bloating won’t go away on its own.
In many cases, it gets worse with age. Therefore, it would be best if you started 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 try the Black Leaves teas.
The benefits of drinking tea can help reduce bloating as well as promoting a healthy gut. You might even lose some weight as well.
As our teas are made of natural ingredients and formulated to maximise effectiveness, you can be sure that you'll never have to deal with an uncomfortable, swollen stomach again!
Have you had a challenging experience with bloating in the past? Do you have any recipes which have helped?
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