Bloating is uncomfortable and annoying, but it is also very common. If you’re struggling to beat the bloat, these delicious herbal teas might be just what you need.
Most of us have experienced bloating at some point in our lives. Usually, it is simply caused by a build-up of gas in our abdomens. Often, the root of the issue is our diets – perhaps eating or drinking things that leave us more prone to gassiness, such as fizzy drinks.
Gassiness and bloating can also be a sign that the bacteria in your gut are out of balance. Some of us experience bloating at certain times in our menstrual cycles. And if you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or coeliac disease, bloating and abdominal discomfort sadly go with the territory.
Unless you’ve been experiencing symptoms for several weeks, bloating and gassiness generally don’t need medical treatment. That doesn’t mean you just have to suffer in silence, however.
There are plenty of small changes you can make to your lifestyle and diet that might help to relieve (and prevent) bloating.
- Getting enough fibre in your diet to avoid constipation and other digestive issues
- Eating slowly and chewing your food thoroughly
- Having smaller, more frequent meals
- Moving your body – exercise can help your digestion work properly
- Avoiding foods that trigger bloating
- Adding probiotic and prebiotic foods into your diet to help balance your gut flora
There are also several natural herbal remedies that have been used for many years to soothe digestive issues and relieve gas and bloating.
We’ve compiled a list of some of the most easily available herbs that are used to treat bloating. Although these are available in several forms, drinking them in the form of a herbal tea is one of the easiest ways to incorporate herbs into your daily routine.
Plus, herbal teas are a great way to get more fluids into your diet, which can help you avoid issues like constipation. And there’s nothing more soothing than a warm cup of tea when you are feeling bloated and uncomfortable.
The fresh flavour of peppermint is a lovely palate cleanser after a meal. But this minty tea isn’t just good for freshening the breath. Peppermint is one of the best-known herbal remedies for gut issues, including gas and bloating.
Warm and spicy, ginger seems like the polar opposite of cool, refreshing peppermint. However, it is just as good for easing digestive complaints and relieving bloating. It is also a popular remedy for nausea.
A member of the daisy family, chamomile is known for soothing our minds and bodies. That calming effect extends to the digestive system too – chamomile is traditionally used to treat gas, bloating, indigestion, and abdominal pain.
4. Dandelion Root
Bloating is usually caused by gas but can also be a sign of water retention. If that’s the case for you, dandelion root is a great tea to try. This natural diuretic is known for increasing urine output. Its anti-inflammatory properties may also help to soothe an irritated gut and restore balance once again.
We’re not referring to the sweets here but the herb that gives them their name. Liquorice has many benefits, including treating indigestion, bloating, gas, and abdominal discomfort. Like many of the other herbs on this list, liquorice is also an anti-inflammatory.
With a mild aniseed taste, fennel is another traditional remedy for gas and bloating. Indeed, it’s often found in herbal remedies aimed at colicky babies. Fennel helps to relax the muscles of your GI tract, allowing trapped gas to pass more easily.
Not just a delicious spice for your kitchen cabinets, cinnamon is a powerful anti-inflammatory and a natural painkiller. Fortunately, its superpowers don’t stop there – cinnamon may also reduce the amount of gas produced by your gut. It also helps to relieve bloating, stomach cramps, and nausea.
Coriander has a long history of use as a natural remedy for digestive issues. It helps to stimulate the production of stomach acid, meaning food is digested more quickly. It also helps to relax the muscles of the gut so that gas is less likely to get trapped and cause bloating and discomfort.
When it comes to digestive issues like gas and bloating, NutraCleanse is our secret weapon. One of our premium herbal tea blends, it has been developed by our expert team to support healthy digestion.
This blend includes bloat-busting herbs like ginger, liquorice, dandelion root, coriander, fennel, and cinnamon. You’ll also find herbs that support your liver health, including milk thistle and artichoke.