If at times you feel bloated and uncomfortable, know that… you are not alone! The abdominal bloating it frequently affects at least 2-3 out of 10 people, and there are so many factors that can trigger it: think of food intolerances, the accumulation of gas in the intestine, the presence of an imbalance in intestinal bacteria, ulcers, the condition of constipation and parasitic infections.
Well, fortunately, in order to solve this problem it is often sufficient to adopt some natural remedy, such as deflating herbal teas.
But which are the most effective deflating herbal teas? What are the ones you might try to seek the relief you deserve?
Below we have selected 4, among those that you can easily find on the Internet and in the supermarket. Let's see their characteristics together!
There peppermint is widely known for her soothing properties in relation to digestive problems. With a fresh flavor, it has plant compounds (flavonoids) that can inhibit the activity of mast cells, the cells of the immune system that are found in abundant quantities in the intestine and which sometimes contribute to swelling. Furthermore, several studies confirm that peppermint has relaxing properties for the intestine, and therefore can relieve intestinal spasms, and the swelling and pain that often accompany this condition.
Having clarified the above, tea and the herbal tea with mint peppermint they are generally considered very effective for the purposes of this study. Our suggestion is to buy mono - ingredient products, or buy peppermint in tea and herbal tea blends that are formulated specifically for intestinal well-being.
Once this is done, to prepare the herbal tea it will be enough to add 3 tablespoons of fresh peppermint leaves to 1 cup (240 ml) of boiling water, and leave to infuse for 10 minutes before drinking.
As well as peppermint, so too lemon balm it is widely recognized for its beneficial properties. With a scent and flavor reminiscent of lemon (but also hints of mint, of which the family is a part), the deflating lemon balm tea can relieve mild digestive problems, including the presence of intestinal swelling.
Furthermore, it does not escape that lemon balm is a key ingredient of many food supplements that can be purchased in herbal medicine and pharmacies, and useful for improving digestion, reducing abdominal pain, constipation and other digestive symptoms.
To prepare the herbal tea, simply use 1 tablespoon (3 grams) of dried lemon balm leaves in 1 cup (240 ml) of boiling water for 10 minutes.
So here we come to another great protagonist of the recent digestive habits of Italians, lo ginger. There ginger tea it has been known to soothe stomach ailments since ancient times, and several human studies suggest that the intake of 1 - 1.5 grams of ginger per day in divided doses can alleviate nausea. Additionally, ginger supplements can actually speed up stomach emptying, relieve digestive upset, and reduce intestinal cramps, bloating, and abdominal gas.
Beware, though: the above studies are done on the basis of liquid extracts of ginger, and not with ginger herbal teas. However, we believe that most of the advantages are also attributable to the use of beverages.
To make a good deflating herbal tea, simply use a quarter or half teaspoon (0.5 - 1.0 grams) of dried ginger root powder, per cup (240 ml) of boiling water, stalling for 5 minutes. Alternatively, you can use 1 tablespoon (6 grams) of sliced fresh ginger per cup (240 ml) of water and boil for 10 minutes before draining.
And if you don't like the spicy taste of ginger tea, you can "soften" it with honey and lemon.
So we come to fennel, whose seeds are frequently used to make teas and herbal teas, with a flavor similar to that of licorice.
Fennel has traditionally been used for treat various digestive disorders, and symptoms related to abdominal pain, bloating and constipation. The latter, in particular, is a known factor that can contribute to intestinal swelling and, precisely to alleviate the conditions of a lazy intestine, a widespread use of fennel can be supportive.
If you do not want to use the fennel tea bags, because you prefer to make the infusion yourself, then you can buy fennel seeds and crush them with the help of a knife. Next, take 1-2 teaspoons (2 - 5 grams) of fennel seeds per cup (240 ml) of boiling water, and wait 10 - 15 minutes.