In ancient times, different teas and herbal teas were used to cure a variety of health problems, one of them being poor digestion. We all experience it from time to time when we eat heavier foods or when we drink a little more alcohol than what we’re used to. We might feel bloated or some discomfort, we might feel without energy and sometimes we might even experience heartburn or acid reflux.
While occasional bad digestion is not usually a sign of more serious health issues, we might want to support our digestive system, so that it stays healthy throughout our life.
Why is digestion important?
Digestion is a fundamental process for our wellbeing. During digestion, our body breaks down food into nutrients, so that it can absorb all the good stuff that is found in food. Without a proper digestion, you might experience various uncomfortable systems and not fully absorb the nutrients that your body needs.
What causes bad digestion ?
Bad digestion can be caused by a variety of factors, some more serious, others a little bit less. Of course, we advise you to visit your doctor in case you experience major discomfort or have any doubt about your current digestive health.
Stress: feeling stressed can affect your stomach and gut health, and in some cases it can flare up chronic diseases.
Alcohol: although drinking a glass of wine or beer from time to time doesn’t seem that bad, in the long run it can negatively affect our system. For example, alcohol can cause heartburn, increase inflammation, and even prevent the absorption of nutrients.
High-fat and fried foods: this kind of food is heavy on the stomach and can slow down digestion.
Intolerance or allergy to certain foods: although allergies and intolerances are very different from each other, in both cases eating the offending food might cause small to very serious issues to your system.
Improper chewing: it’s very important to properly chew your food. If not, it will be more difficult for the body to break down the food into nutrients.
Chronic diseases: various chronic diseases might affect your digestive system. We suggest visiting your doctor in case you notice any symptom.
How to improve digestion?
In our daily life, we can create small habits that are going to help our digestion in the short and long run.
1. Listen to your body
This is the first step to understanding which foods are harder to digest and at which moment of the day. Learning to listen to your body is important in many aspects of your life as well - ultimately, it brings more understanding of what your unique body, spirit, and mind need.
2. Have a healthy and balanced diet
Eating a diet full of fibers, whole foods and healthy fats is very important for your digestive system. Although the occasional fried meal won’t make a difference, regularly eating a variety of whole foods is the key to keeping digestive problems under control.
3. Stay Hydrated
Constipation is commonly caused by dehydration. The recommended amount of water intake is 1.5/2 liters a day. Of course, it doesn’t have to be water! Herbal teas are a perfect alternative to plain water.
4. Exercise regularly
Exercising regularly is fundamental to keep your stomach and gut healthy and effective. In the long run, movement prevents digestive problems. Just be mindful about when you exercise - you might want to postpone heavier workouts to at least 30 minutes after you’ve eaten.
5. Manage stress
Wouldn’t we all like to have a magic formula that helps us get rid of stress right away? Luckily, there are small habits you can integrate in your daily life to cope with stress - meditation, physical activity, or even just venting out with your best friend!
6. Support your gut health
Gut health is fundamental to support your digestive system. Consider regularly eating food full in probiotics, such as yogurt, kombucha, kefir, sauerkraut, miso, sourdough bread, etc.
Which teas and tisanes improve digestion?
Teas and tisanes can help your digestion in a gentle way. Our DIGEST collection was created with that goal in mind - support your digestive system with nutritious ingredients and by giving yourself a moment to rest after your meals.
1. Ginger tea
Gingerol is a component found in ginger roots and it has many properties, one of which is supporting the immune system. Ginger is the star of our White Tea Mix. This organic tea blend contains a little bit of theine - it’s just enough to fight the after-meal slump, but not too much so that it doesn’t interfere with your digestion.
2. Hibiscus tea
Hibiscus has been traditionally used to improve digestion. It also regularizes urination and bowel movements. Our Hibiscus Mix is enriched with many other ingredients that make your stomach happy, such as mint and apple.
3. Lemongrass tea
Lemongrass is an ancient remedy for bloating, constipation, and indigestion. Today, researchers have confirmed its role as a natural diuretic. Our Lemongrass Mix was created with your digestive health and your taste buds in mind.
Disclaimer: This article doesn't count as medical advice. If you're experience any discomfort, please always talk to a doctor about it.
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