Being bloated is such an uncomfortable experience. People often feel self-conscious about their appearance and are usually also dealing with physical discomfort. I know that when I get bloated, not only does my stomach stick out, but it’s also hard and tender to the touch. Thankfully, this natural bloating remedy is easy and effective, and quick to pull together.
Another frustrating aspect of bloat is that there are so many different causes of it. This makes it hard to pinpoint exactly what is the trigger, especially since a person is likely experiencing different triggers at different times. Here are a number of causes of a bloated belly.
- Eating too fast
- Water retention
- Sometimes this is, counter-intuitively, caused by dehydration or too much refined sodium
- Gas in the digestive tract
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), celiac disease, or other diseases of the gut
- Rich and fatty foods without veggies/starches/etc. to balance
- Fat takes longer to digest
- Food allergies, sensitivities, and intolerances
- Hormonal changes
- Commonly occurs alongside PMS
- Swallowing air
- From drinking through a straw, chewing gum, carbonated beverages, or hard candies
- FODMAP foods
- Specific kinds of carbs and sugars that some people have a hard time digesting
- Consuming dairy
- Abruptly increasing fibre intake
- May be brought on by spicy foods or additives
- Food intolerances or sensitivities
Whatever the cause, this natural bloating remedy should be able to help you find quick relief for the discomfort of a bloated belly. Here’s the recipe.
- 1-1 ¼ cup water
- 1 bag green tea or equivalent for loose leaf
- 1 inch piece of fresh ginger, minced
- ½ tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- juice of half a lemon (approx. 1 tablespoon)
- Optional: 1 tsp honey (or sweetener of choice)
- Pour boiled water over the green tea and ginger in a mug.
- Green tea should steep for no more than 3 minutes.
- Ginger can steep for up to 10 minutes.
- Remove tea bag and diffuser at desired times.
- Add apple cider vinegar and lemon juice. Stir in honey if including.
- Sip away.
You can really drink this any time of the day that you are feeling bloated. I find it especially effective first thing in the morning after overindulging the night before. I also enjoy drinking the Debloat Tea cold in the summer time.
In all honesty, this tea is a bit of an acquired taste if you are not used to consuming these ingredients already. I really do enjoy it now, but I did not my first time making it. If you find it less than palatable, include the optional honey to add a bit of sweetness.
So how does this Debloat Tea reduce bloating?
Here is why the ingredients in this tea work so effectively.
Green tea has been a part of traditional Chinese and Indian medicine for centuries, and now modern studies have shown it to have a great number of health benefits due to its high antioxidant content. For the purposes of debloating, the green tea acts as a diuretic. This helps to eliminate any excess water your body may be retaining. Green tea also improves digestion and reduces gas.
Ginger is known for aiding in digestion which is beneficial to reducing bloat. Considered a carminative spice, this means that ginger relieves gas. It is also anti-inflammatory and a muscle relaxant. Bloating is sometimes caused by tension or spasms, so ginger helps with this. Ginger is a natural pain reliever meaning it will also relieve any cramps or discomfort that commonly accompanies bloating.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is another digestive aid. This is at least in part because it balanced the pH levels in the intestine. Also, apple cider vinegar particularly helps break down the fats which I mentioned above as a possible cause of bloat because fats take so long to digest.
Lemon juice is another diuretic which will help relieve water retention. It is also a gentle laxative which will help keep your digestive system moving along and alleviate the cause of the bloating if it is related to constipation.
Even just drinking the water content in this tea can be helpful in reducing bloating. As I mentioned above, dehydration can play a factor whether it is causing water retention, constipation, or something else. Just be sure you are sipping and not guzzling or chugging which will only cause you to swallow more air and make matters worse.
If you pay attention to what you are eating and how you are eating that should help you hone in on what your bloating triggers are. Remember to stay hydrated and be active to keep your digestion moving along smoothly. And the next time a bloated belly hits, I encourage you to drink this Debloat Tea so you can feel better quickly. You can also pair it with the Stomach Soother Massage Oil for a double-whammy relief treatment.
Grace Furman is a freelance writer and blogger at Heartful Habits. Heartful Habits is a place of inspiration and support for your natural health and wellness journey. Check out her free Dynamic Dialogue conversation starters pack to create positive and engaging connections during your family time.
I'm Beth. I created Red & Honey because I'm obsessed with the wild art of wellness.