Try herbal teas or green tea for bloating; research suggests they may be helpful for relieving symptoms of gastritis or indigestion. They're a good alternative beverage to sodas, which contain carbonated water that causes belching.
Herbal tea or green tea may help bloating and gas after meals.
Green Tea for Digestion
The Mayo Clinic notes that chronic belching may be associated with gastritis, the inflammation of the stomach lining. Belching may also be linked to an infection caused by Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) the bacterial strain that is responsible for some ulcers. Two studies suggest the value of green tea for gas from these causes.
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A June 2016 study published in Oncology Reports evaluated the effect of green tea antioxidant compounds called catechins on the development of gastritis in mice. While the research involved animals rather than humans, it's worth mentioning because of the conclusions of the authors. They said that catechins may have a protective effect against gastritis in rodents and, potentially, in humans.
In a December 2004 study published in the journal Helicobacter, researchers investigated the effects of a green tea catechin on H. pylori. Although the study wasn't conducted in recent years and it involved only test tubes, it merits notice due to the implications.
The results showed that catechins offered significant protection of cells from the effects of H. pylori gastritis. According to the authors, the findings imply that green tea might prevent the adverse effects of the infections.
Tea for Constipation
Drinking black or green tea is one of the measures the American Cancer Society recommends for relief of constipation. Other suggestions include drinking plenty of water, eating high-fiber foods, such as whole grains, and drinking prune juice.
Senna tea stimulates increased muscle contractions that move food through the intestinal tract, says the Canadian Society of Intestinal Research. This type of laxative is considered safe for adults and children over the age of 2 when used on a short-term basis, adds the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Side effects involve cramps and stomach discomfort.
Don't use senna for longer than two weeks because it can cause the bowels to stop functioning properly. Long-term use can lead to an electrolyte imbalance that results in liver damage, heart disorders and muscle weakness. Senna shouldn't be used in people with abdominal pain or an intestinal blockage. Because of the downsides associated with senna, it's best to deal with constipation through dietary measures when possible.
Chai Tea for Digestion
The main ingredient of chai tea is black, green or oolong tea; however, it contains an array of spices used in Ayurvedic medicine to enhance digestion, states the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM). Practitioners of this ancient healing art from Asia believe black pepper, one of the tea's ingredients, signals the stomach to produce more hydrochloric acid, which is needed to digest food components.
Cinnamon, another spice in chai tea, calms the stomach and fights bacteria, notes the PCOM. The tea also contains cloves, a seasoning revered in Ayurveda for its digestion-enhancing properties. Ginger, a spice that settles the stomach, is frequently found in chai tea as well. Some chai teas have fennel, a food that assists in digestion by getting rid of flatulence-causing bacteria.
Chai can be served cold or hot. It's traditionally sweetened with honey and served with milk or cream to soften the flavors of the spices.
Herbal Teas for Digestion
A 2014 study published in the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research reviewed the medicinal benefits of various herbal teas. It found the following:
- Chamomile tea acts as a gentle laxative and soothes stomach pains.
- Peppermint tea is beneficial for an upset stomach, particularly when it's combined with chamomile.
- Cardamon tea alleviates flatulence, prevents stomach pain and reduces indigestion.
Read more: Best Teas for Bloating, Gas and Constipation
In a February 2011 study published in Molecular Medicine Reports, researchers explored the health benefits of chamomile. The study isn't recent, but it's of value because it reviewed the body of research conducted prior to that date. Results showed that chamomile has been used for gastrointestinal disturbances, including diarrhea, poor appetite, nausea, vomiting, flatulence and indigestion.
- Mayo Clinic: "Belching, Intestinal Gas and Bloating: Tips for Reducing Them"
- Oncology Reports: "Effect of Green Tea Catechins on Gastric Mucosal Dysplasia in Insulin-Gastrin Mice"
- Helicobacter: "Protective Mechanism of Epigallocatechin-3-Gallate Against Helicobacter pylori-Induced Gastric Epithelial Cytotoxicity via the Blockage of TLR-4 Signaling"
- American Cancer Society: "Constipation"
- Canadian Society of Intestinal Research: "Constipation Overview"
- Pacific College of Oriental Medicine: "Chai Tea for Digestion"
- Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research: "Review on Herbal Teas"
- Molecular Medicine Reports: "Chamomile: A Herbal Medicine of the Past With Bright Future"
- U.S. National Library of Medicine: "Senna"