Two Beauty Teas to Beat the Bloat and Improve Digestion
No. 5 White Chai Digestif
Chai tea is personally my favourite tea and works so well to calm the tummy and enhance digestion. The actual word chai refers to the way that a tea has been prepared. Chai dates back to Ayurvedic times (over 5,000 years) and is traditionally boiled on a stove top to allow for the release of the potent aromatics inside the tea blend often with the addition of milk (we now use almond milk) and a sweetener (I used a drop of stevia or coconut nectar).
- Cinnamon: Cinnamon is considered to be one of the world’s oldest known spices. It aids in digestion by calming the stomach, fighting bacteria, and has anti-nausea and anti-diarrhoea attributes. Cinnamon has also has been shown to increase the production of insulin in test tube trials and may assist in balancing blood sugar levels and reducing sweet cravings.
- Fennel: Fennel has also been well known for centuries by the Greeks, Egyptians, and Eastern cultures for its culinary and medicinal uses. It acts as a wonderful digestive aid by dispersing flatulence causing bacteria. In fact, fennel seeds and relief from gas and bloating often go hand in hand, since it has long been used as a carminative herb that assists in reducing, gas, bloating, abdominal pain, indigestion, intestinal disorders, nausea, colic, and flatulence. The compound responsible for this benefit is fenchone which helps relax the smooth muscle lining the digestive tract.
- Black pepper: Black pepper is one of the most widely traded spices in the world. It assists digestion at the very start of the digestive tract by increasing hydrochloric acid secretion in the stomach. It also acts as a carminative which assists in expelling gas which is often responsible for bloating and indigestion.
No.1 Green Goddess Detox Tea
- St Mary’s Thistle and Dandelion Root: Both of these herbs are incredibly powerful when it comes to the health of the liver. They work in three ways- to assist and enhance the function of the liver in flushing accumulated toxins, to repair the liver cells from previous damage done and to protect the liver from future assaults.
- Ginger: Ginger helps to stimulate saliva, bile and gastric juice production to aid in digestion. The phenolic compounds like gingerol are what ultimately provide ginger with its digestive firing ability. It is the perfect digestive aid and has been shown to alleviate oxidative stress within the liver, which ultimately helps to support the liver in its cleansing actions.
- Spearmint: Spearmint is similar to peppermint with regards to its active ingredients and digestion enhancing benefits. The menthol and limonene found in the tea assist in relaxing the stomach muscles which make it effective in treating conditions such as nausea, irritable bowel syndrome, indigestion and diarrhoea.