Suffering from stomach bloat? Here are a few reasons why you should sip on green tea every day to help relieve the bloat.
Green tea is one of the most popular drinks around the globe. Its name has little to do with its color but more with its processing. The term “green” refers to non-fermented tea leaves. Supposedly this is how the maximum amount of antioxidants is retained. Its high antioxidant content makes it probably the best bloating relief tea. It has been used for thousands of years in treating various ailments and is an essential remedy in traditional Chinese medicine. More recent studies have connected green tea with cancer prevention and better diseases management. Researchers found that green tea can help reverse symptoms of certain conditions, such as atherosclerosis and regulate blood sugar levels in diabetic patients. While research is still required to confirm and reveal the usefulness of green tea in cancer prevention and other debilitating conditions, this powerhouse beverage will continue to be used as a home remedy for many ailments including digestive problems.
Green tea is a well-known remedy for stomach bloating. The antioxidants found in green tea also account for its diuretic properties. Like any other diuretic beverage, green tea works by increasing the amount of urine and decreasing excess water that your body may be retaining due to improper diet or lifestyle choices. When taken for bloating, green tea can offer relief from symptoms associated with the common tummy trouble like abdominal pain, cramping and the feeling of fullness.
What makes green tea such a perfect remedy for bloating is its ability to stimulate digestion and reduce gas. Sometimes when we eat up in a rush or because we’re too hungry we tend to engulf food without chewing properly we swallow air. This causes gas buildup in the gastrointestinal tract, which leads to bloating. Gently stimulating digestion, green tea acts as a digestive that help reduce gas buildup. The combined effect green tea has by reducing gas and water retention makes it one of the most anti-bloating remedies.
As a remedy for water retention, use green tea only as needed. Frequent increase of bodily fluids may be a signal of a health condition that requires medical treatment. Using green tea as a bloating relief or to combat fluid buildup should only be limited to everyday causes like foods, lifestyle and menstrual cycle. If water retention recurs more frequently with you, then perhaps you should pay your doctor a visit to determine the real cause.
Despite its beneficial effects on human health, green tea is not recommended for everyone. Athletes and bodybuilders for instance, prefer to stick to their water retention diet for competition reasons, while others who suffer from water retention need to use natural diuretics such as green tea regularly in larger amounts than just for beverage enjoyment. Green tea can interact with certain medications including MAOIs and birth control pills. Additionally, cardiac and/or breastfeeding women should be particularly cautious about using green tea to combat bloating or other concerns. Similarly, if you suffer from diabetes, anemia or glaucoma and are considering to use green tea it is best you consult your doctor before doing so.
However, if you use it occasionally and in safe amounts (see above), green tea is a potent natural remedy for all tummy troubles.
How to make it? Here are a few bloating relief tea recipes with green tea that LumiTea experts recommend. Effect guaranteed and taste absolutely tea-licious!
Iced Green Tea
6-8 green tea bags;
4 cups of boiling water;
2 cups of cold water;
Honey (1 teaspoon, to taste).
Pour the boiling water over the tea bags into a pot and steep for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags, add the honey and the cold water as soon as the honey is completely dissolved. Let the tea cool down to room temperature and serve. Store in the fridge.
Note: Apart from giving your sluggish metabolism a boost and reducing the bloat, this drink leaves you refreshed and lowers the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and diabetes.
Lemon Grass, Green Tea & Ginger
1 stalk of fresh lemon grass;
7 slices of fresh ginger;
5 bags of green tea;
½ cup of honey.
Rinse the lemon grass with plenty of water and cut it into 2-inch long pieces and crush it. Add 2 cups of water, ginger and lemon grass to a saucepan and bring it to boil. Remove from heat, add the green tea bags and allow 5 minutes to steep. Remove the tea bags and let it cool off at room temperature for about 30 minutes. Strain the tea carefully into a pitcher, cover it and refrigerate it. You can serve it with ice cubes as a refreshing, yummy drink.
Lemon, Ginger & Green Tea
2 cups of water;
Honey (to taste);
1 teaspoon of ground ginger;
1 ½ teaspoons of grated lemon peel;
4 teaspoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice;
6 green tea bags.
Add water, ground ginger and lemon peel to a pot and bring it to boil over medium heat. Reduce heat up to the point where it sustains a gentle boil and simmer for about 7-8 minutes. Remove from heat and add the green tea bags. Steep for 10 minutes, stirring or dunking the tea bags often. Remove the tea bags, when it’s cooled off a bit, add the honey and stir to dissolve it completely and the lemon juice. Refrigerate up to 1-2 weeks. Enjoy with ice cubes.
Copycat Green Tea Lemon
2 g green tea (1 packet, ideally organic);
Juice from ½ lemon (freshly squeezed);
honey (to taste).
Brew the tea in a large pot. Timing depends on how strong you want your tea to be, usually 15 minutes. If it’s too strong, dilute it with hot water as needed. Pour it into a pitcher and add the lemon juice and honey to taste. Stir until completely dissolved. You can serve it either hot or cold, with ice cubes.
Now that you know all there is to know about green tea and its uses for bloating relief, take a cup, sip up and say “Goodbye” to bloating for good!