Do you get indigestion, heartburn, gas, or bloating?  Would you like to improve your digestion? If so, something as simple as a warm cup of tea may help.

When heartburn, indigestion, or an upset stomach are ailing us, many people reach for an antacid or a bottle of Pepto-Bismol. However, if you are looking for a more natural remedy certain types of tea may help. Here are 5 teas that can help aid digestion and relieve some digestive issues.

Chamomile Tea 

This is calming tea that is often drunk before bed to induce sleepiness, and is also great for your digestion. Chamomile flowers possess many great benefits, and have anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and anti-spasmodic properties.

It can provide relief for digestive issues such as indigestion, heartburn, diarrhea, gastritis, and irritable bowl syndrome. Additionally, according to a review that focused on evaluating the curative and preventive properties of chamomile, it “is especially helpful in dispelling gas, soothing the stomach, and relaxing the muscles that move food through the intestines.”

Peppermint Tea

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A soothing and tasty beverage, peppermint tea provides a wealth of digestive benefits. It is widely known as a natural remedy for alleviating certain digestive issues including upset stomach, gas, indigestion, and bloating. Peppermint can also have a positive effect on gastrointestinal motility, aiding the digestive process.

Licorice Root Tea

With potent anti-inflammatory properties, licorice root tea helps calm the nervous system while promoting healthy digestion. This tea can also aid in reducing heartburn, can help treat peptic ulcers, and is very soothing for stomach and intestinal lining irritation.

Please be aware that it is not safe to drink this tea when trying to get pregnant, while pregnant, or when breastfeeding. Additionally, licorice root naturally contains glycyrrhizin, which may raise blood pressure in some people if taken too frequently. To avoid this, use deglycyrrhizinated licorice.

Fennel Tea

Fennel tea helps promote healthy digestion, and it can help alleviate a number of digestive issues. This can be attributed to fennels antispasmodic, carminative, and anti-inflammatory properties. Because of these properties, fennel tea can aid in alleviating flatulence, cramps, and bloating.

Fennel has a licorice flavour, and can aid in increasing saliva production. Saliva contains digestive enzymes that start the digestive process. Fennel also has antibacterial properties and can help freshen the breath by eliminating bad bacteria in the mouth.

Chai Tea

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Because it contains ingredients that can help stimulate, balance and support digestion, Chai tea can be a great digestive aid.

Cinnamon, ginger, cloves, fennel, black pepper, and cardamom are all common ingredients in Chai tea. In this tea, their benefits come together to create a potent drink that can potentially relieve a wide number of digestive issues and improve your overall health.

Cup of Tea Anyone?

Now you know about some of the best teas to aid digestion. Next time you get a stomach ache, feel bloated, or need to improve your digestion, why not grab a nice warm cup of one of the teas discussed above and see if it helps.