Tea & Digestion
Digestion issues can range from eating a heavy meal and feeling bloated to suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or inflammatory bowel disorder (IBD). For many individuals with digestive issues, it may be difficult to find a singular solution to ease their symptoms or eliminate their problems completely. However, there are several holistic lifestyle habits one can practice to promote healthy digestion, like eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables, exercising regularly, getting a good night’s sleep, and drinking tea, to soothe your digestive tract. Many teas have been shown to potentially aid digestion, reduce bloating and inflammation, and promote good gut bacteria.
Best Teas for Digestion
Although drinking tea cannot solve your digestive issues, it may help alleviate some symptoms and reduce any digestive pain you experience. At Art of Tea, we recommend the following teas to promote healthy digestion:
Pu-Erh Tea: Originating from China, Pu-Erh tea is an aged black tea that undergoes a partial fermentation when the tea is aged. It is well documented that fermented foods and drinks can help promote good bacteria growth in your digestive tract to aid in regular digestion. Traditionally, Pu-Erh is consumed after a rich meal to help improve digestion, reduce bloating, and soothe an upset stomach.
Oolong Tea: Oolong tea is a partially oxidized tea that is lighter than black tea. Researchers have suggested that oolong tea may increase metabolism, soothe digestion, and help burn fat.
Peppermint Tea: Peppermint tea has been known to aid digestion and is used for this purpose around the world, in many different cultures. Studies have shown that peppermint tea may alleviate digestive stress and help soothe irritable bowel syndrome symptoms if consumed daily.
Ginger Tea: Ginger root has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that may help promote regular digestion. individuals who suffer from IBS or IBD typically have a digestive tract that is inflamed and can cause pain. Although ginger tea will not be a cure-all for intestinal inflammation, it may alleviate symptoms and aid digestion.
Chamomile Tea: The Chamomile flower has been shown to reduce the symptoms of acid reflux, bloating, and gas, which can help promote more normal digestive movements. Additionally, chamomile teas are naturally relaxing, may ease anxiety, and can promote a good night’s sleep. These healthy lifestyle habits can also help soothe your stomach and intestines.
Black Tea: Black tea comes from the Camellia sinensis plant and has been enjoyed for centuries due to its delicious taste and potential health benefits, including promoting good digestion. Black tea has been shown to reduce bloating and soothe an upset stomach. That said, it's important to note that black tea does contain higher levels of caffeine so we advise against drinking it at night if you are sensitive to caffeine.