Drink These 7 Teas the Next Time You're Bloated

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It always seems like bloating happens at the worst possible time. It makes an appearance on the day you planned to wear that outfit, on an important meeting day, or in the middle of traveling. And even when we know we're flirting with its likelihood after a big dinner or binge-watching session, it's still no fun when bloating shows up to ruin our plans. That's where tea comes in.

The next time bloating discomfort makes you want to clear your calendar and swear off high-waisted jeans, do yourself a favor and make a cup of tea. While it may seem like a steaming cup of flavored water will do nothing more than give your hands something to hold besides your stomach, we're here to tell you that there are seven different types of teas with powerful calming properties to kick bloating to the curb.

Carve out some time to steep and sip these ingredients so you can get back to your plans soon after your cup is empty.

Ginger Tea

Ginger is a well-known ingredient that helps fight against nausea, but thanks to its namesake bioactive compound gingerol, it also helps ease bloating, too. Be sure to use fresh ginger in a cup of tea to make the most of its anti-inflammatory qualities.

Ingredients

Fresh raw ginger
Water
Agave nectar
Lime, juiced

Directions

Pour freshly boiled water directly over the ginger, agave nectar, and lime in a cup or mug. Stir, and then steep for five minutes.

Hibiscus Tea

Have you ever heard of a hormone called aldosterone? It has a lot of regulatory responsibilities, and one of them has to do with affecting the absorption or release of water in the kidneys. In other words, it has something to do with whether or not you're bloated. Hibiscus tea has flavonoid compounds in it to help regulate this hormone when it's needed.

Ingredients

Fresh or dried hibiscus flowers
Water
Honey
Lime, juiced

Directions

Pour freshly boiled water directly over the hibiscus flowers, honey, and lime in a cup or mug. Stir, and then steep for five minutes.

Lemon Tea

You're probably no stranger to the advice that a hot cup of lemon tea is a good way to start your morning. Unlike coffee, the rind oil of this citrus contains a natural compound called D-Limonene, which has the type of anti-inflammatory properties you want if you're retaining water. It's also considered to boost metabolism.

Ingredients

Fresh lemon, sliced
Water
Honey

Directions

Pour freshly boiled water directly over the lemon and honey in a cup or mug. Stir, and then steep for five minutes.

Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea is often associated with promoting sleep, but that's not the only thing it's good at doing. Its anti-inflammatory properties fight against bloat, too, making a cup of this tea a smart addition to your bedtime ritual.

Ingredients

Fresh chamomile flowers
Water
Mint
Honey

Directions

Pour freshly boiled water directly over the chamomile, mint, and honey in a cup or mug. Stir, and then steep for five minutes.

Fennel Tea

You may recognize this herb in a variety of different meals, but fennel's antioxidants make it as medicinal as it is flavorful, too. Bloating and cramps are no match to the essential oils found in fennel seeds, making its unconventional flavor one you'll return to again and again.

Ingredients

Fennel seeds, crushed
Water
Honey

Directions

Pour freshly boiled water directly over the fennel seeds and honey in a cup or mug. Stir, and then steep for five minutes.

Peppermint Tea

When your digestive tract isn't in top form, peppermint has the type of soothing qualities that lessens stomach cramps and inflammation with every sip. It mostly has to do with peppermint's menthol oil, which acts as a natural reset button when bloating occurs.

Ingredients

Water
Mint leaves
Honey
Lemon slices

Directions

Pour freshly boiled water directly over the mint leaves, honey, and lemon slices in a cup or mug. Stir, and then steep for five minutes.

Dandelion Root Tea

A dandelion may seem harmless, but just like gardeners fear its takeover in their yards, bloating should watch out for it, too. Dandelion root tea allows for toxins to escape the liver, easing discomfort along the way.

Ingredients

Water
Fresh dandelions, cleaned
Honey
Mint, optional

Directions

Pour freshly boiled water directly over the dandelions, honey, and mint in a cup or mug. Stir, and then steep for five minutes.

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