Large meals + rich, carbohydrate-heavy foods + a few too many glasses of holiday cheer can lead to digestive discomfort. Or perhaps despite your best efforts at staying on your food plan, you accidentally ate something with problematic ingredients. You can sip on tea to help prevent digestive issues and to get quick relief.
Teas aren’t just soothing and warm beverages. They are powerful and active botanicals that can be extremely effective at taming tummy troubles. These teas are my go-to remedies for gas, bloating, nausea, acid reflux and LPR. They are always in my pantry and easy to carry with me on the go. Just add hot water.
Use: Acid reflux, LPR (silent reflux) abdominal cramps, bloating, gas, anxiety, insomnia
How it works: Chamomile is anti-inflammatory, relaxes the muscles of the digestive tract and has mild sedative effects.
Contraindications: Do not use if you have a ragweed allergy or if you are pregnant. Chamomile is high in FODMAPs so if you are on a low-FODMAP diet it may aggravate your symptoms. Read more about other contraindications.
Use: Appetite stimulant, nausea, gas, bloating, mild abdominal cramping and stomach upset. It’s also has anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-oxidant properties.
How it works: Ginger promotes saliva production to help digest carbohydrates. It also stimulates digestive juices, bile production and has antiemetic action (fights nausea).
Contraindications: Ginger is generally safe as a tea and as a spice. High doses (6+ grams) can irritate the stomach lining. Because of its spicy, warming taste, it may aggravate acid reflux. Ginger supplements have contraindications with health conditions and mediations.
Use: Appetite stimulant, gas, bloating, mild abdominal cramping and stomach upset
How it works: Peppermint is a carminative herb. These herbs relax the intestinal muscles of the digestive tract to release gas and increase stomach acid & bile production. The menthol and flavonoids promote saliva production and has antimicrobial action.
Contraindications: Since it could relax the esophageal sphincters too much and increase stomach acid, those with acid reflux and/or hiatal hernias should not ingest mint products. Peppermint essential oil supplements may have side effects.
Use: Appetite stimulant and general digestive health. It’s also has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-oxidant and detoxing properties.
How it works: Stimulates digestive juices and bile flow. It also promotes detoxifying enzymes in the liver.
Contraindications: Using turmeric as a tea or spice is generally safe but those with gallbladder issues should avoid turmeric. If you are interested in taking turmeric or curcumin supplements, you should be familiar with contraindications for a wide range of health conditions.