Herbal teas are a great solution to bloating and digestion issues. Numerous different herbs have been proven to be a great metabolism booster and effective at reducing bloating and promoting digestion. Green tea, oolong tea and ginger lemon tea are all an effective tea to drink after a meal to help stimulate digestion and reduce bloating problems.
My personal favourite is ginger, turmeric, honey and lemon tea. I drink this whenever I have a big meal and don’t want to feel bloated, and especially if I start to feel a bit sick. Personally, I have found that this drink helps a lot. Here is the recipe and five benefits of this special herbal tea mixture.
Herbal Tea Recipe
3 Whole Lemons
10 - 14 small (roughly 9 cubic cm) cube size ginger pieces
4 - 6 small (roughly 9 cubic cm) cube size turmeric pieces
4 - 5 cups of water in a pot.
1. Wash the lemons
2. Cut the whole lemons into 3 parts, leaving the skin intact.
3. Peel the ginger and slice into 10 small pieces.
4. Peel the turmeric and slice into 4 small pieces
4. Add 4 – 5 cups of water into your pot
5. Boil for 5 - 7 minutes.
6. Add 3 - 4 tablespoons of natural honey to the pot of water.
7. Serve and enjoy!
4 Benefits of this Herbal Tea
1. Provide Relief from Nausea and Indigestion.
Ginger has traditionally been used to aid digestion and treat upset stomach, diarrhoea and nausea (Yogeshwer Shukla, 2007). Ginger possesses a chemical that reduces inflammation and stimulates the production of saliva, bile and stomach juice to aid in digestion. In addition, it has muscle relaxant properties that helps your stomach and intestines relax. This can help relieve gases formed during digestion.
The combination of lemon, ginger and honey also helps detoxify the body as the combination is a diuretic substance, which is an element that stimulates the production of urine. The antioxidants vitamins, and electrolytes in the drink will also help your body naturally balance to feel better.
2. Help Promote Weight Loss.
This drink works three folds. The honey possesses anti-inflammatory properties that helps your body process the toxins from the environment and the foods that we eat. The inflammation in our body can contribute to that stubborn body fat, which we can also call deep fat (visceral fat (Malin Alvehus, 2010). This level of fat is what gives us those hard to get rid of areas and in fact, these deep fats are much more dangerous to our health. In addition, lemon juice is rich in vitamin c and fibre which is critical to your immune system as well as your satiety levels (how full you feel). Ginger is often consumed to specifically target belly fat as it reduces inflammation, promote digestion and reduce bloating resulting in a flatter stomach.
3. Helps Relief Flu Symptoms
Honey by itself possesses anti-bacterial properties that show it is effective at killing bacteria. It is also loaded with natural enzymes, minerals, amio-acids that is essential to help strengthen your immune system. It also functions as a natural cough suppressant. Lemons are packed with vitamin C, which is essential to support your immune system. Ginger also helps you sweat out the toxin in your body which is beneficial when you have a cold.
4. Hidden Power of Turmeric
Turmeric is one of the most powerful herbal remedies available. It is a spice from the root of Curcuma Longa Linn, a member of the ginger family. The powder is widely used as a spice in India. In the last 2 decades, there have been numerous research emphasizing the health benefits of this spice. This spice has been shown to eliminate ingested environmental toxins as well as stimulate metabolic enzymes (Krishnaswamy 2008). This spice is known to block the formation of fat cells in our body. It has also been proven to lower insulin levels as a reduction in serum insulin level was also documented (Krishnaswamy 2008).
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