Two Beauty Teas to Beat the Bloat and Improve Digestion
The gut and skin axis is an area of research that I am so excited and fascinated by. The ability for the health of our gut to influence our skin is being highlighted in some ground-breaking research studies. An unhealthy digestive system or gut has been correlated to poor skin health and conditions such as acne and psoriasis. We have such a wonderful capacity to utilise this evidence in achieving beautiful and vibrant skin by focusing on our gut health through digestion-enhancing herbs, probiotic-rich foods and drinks such as kefir and fermented vegetables, and of course cleansing fibre-rich greens and veggies.
The Beauty Tea range I have created reflects herbal formulas which I provide to my clients within my naturopathic practice and address everything from poor digestion, leaky gut, poor skin, bloating and nausea.
In the post below I provide two of my favourite tea blends for digestion and bloating. They are so easy to incorporate into your daily fluid intake -I always encourage a cup of green or white tea at breakfast time (No.1 Green Goddess Detox is perfect in the morning), digestion enhancing tea after lunch and dinner such as the No.5 White Chai Digestif, and a calming or sleep blend at night such as No.4 Golden Glow or No.3 Sleeping Beauty
My two favourite tea blends for enhancing digestion and the herbs which give them their superpowers are described below.
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).
I have created the No.5 White Chai Digestif Blend as a spin on traditional chai by using white tea as a base which increases the antioxidant component of the blend and adding coconut flakes for a boost in flavour. The power of this tea lies in the myriad and synergy of aromatics inside it including Cinnamon, Ginger, Star Anise, Licorice, Aniseed, Clove, Cardamom, Black Pepper and Fennel. These are all rich in volatile compounds that not only increase your digestive fire, they work to soothe upset stomachs, help to relax the muscles of the gastrointestinal tract to assist in reducing cramps and bloating and control cravings. I encourage drinking chai tea after lunch and dinner to promote digestion. Three of my favourite tummy calming herbs in the blend include:
- 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
The liver is one of the most important organs when it comes to digestion. It is responsible for the production of bile which is crucial for the digestion of fats. It is important to look after the liver on a regular basis rather than regularly abusing it and then going on a “Detox” once or twice a year. I recommend drinking this blend an essential morning cuppa daily if you can. There are a few superstar herbs that I love in this blend:
- 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.
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