Healthier Digestive System: Top 10 Herbal Teas + 10 Eating Tips

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Top 10 Herbal Teas That Will Work Wonders On Your Digestion

If you don’t want to feel heavy after a meal, it is recommended to drink herbal infusion to improve digestion. Infusions and mixtures of herbs have several advantages when it comes to digestive problems: they adsorb gases, reduce stress, help blood flow to the digestive system and eliminate various pollutants. Using herbs is recommended for those suffering from constipation or diarrhea, intestinal infections, irritable bowel and ulcers.

I have already written about fruits that can improve your digestion such as mango and papaya. In this article I am going to present you the best herbs for improving your digestion. You can use these herbs by making your own herbal infusion.


To prepare herbal infusion cover the herb or herb mixture with boiling water and cover tightly. Steep  for 15-20 minutes or up to 4 hours for gentle infusion, or overnight for a stronger infusion. Keep in mind that the longer some herbs steep, the more bitter the infusion can taste. To sweeten the infusion add honey, stevia or maple syrup. It is recommended to do this at least three times a day.

Top 10 herbs that improve digestion:

1. Chamomile – prevents or relieves stomach cramps, calms the nervous system (including stress and anxiety), anti gas and bloating, helps nausea, heartburn and headaches.

2. Lemon balm (Melissa) – calms the digestive system, contains many vitamins and minerals, helps abdominal pain, gas and bloating.

3. Ginger – improves the digestive system, stimulates, helps in the absorption of nutrients, absorbs gases and toxins and helps the skin to release toxins. Also read my article how to use ginger as a medicine.

4. Fennel seedsrelieve nausea, anti-flatulence, relieves stomach cramps, helps indigestion and bloating.

5. Lemon verbena (Louisa)- helps digestion, eases gas, and stomach and intestine cramps.

6. Dandelion root and leaf – improve digestion, and act as mild laxative agent.

7. Burdock root –  stimulates digestion. The tincture or tea will best aid digestion if taken 15 to 30 minutes before a meal. While burdock aids digestion, it does so by increasing intestinal secretions and digestive acid, so it isn’t recommended if you suffer from excess stomach acid, or have ulcers or an irritable bowel. You should also avoid it when you have heartburn or diarrhea, which burdock can even cause, in rare cases. Finally, you shouldn’t take burdock when pregnant.

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8. Yellow dock – stimulate bile production and act as mild laxatives. The herb is used to improve overall digestion and liver function.

9. Gentian root – stimulates the secretion of digestive juices, and enhances gall bladder function.

10. Peppermint – relieves irritable bowel syndrome, calming digestive spasm, relieving gas and reducing pain and discomfort.

Drinking herbal teas is also one of the 70 habits featured in my e-book 70 Powerful Habits For A Great Health which will guide you how to take positive steps to improve your wellness and overall health.

10 Eating Tips for a Healthier Digestive System

Your digestive system plays a major role in the overall health of your body. The digestive tract is the system of organs that takes in food, digests it to extract energy and nutrients, and expels the remaining waste.

When you eat foods, such as bread, meat and vegetables, they are not in a form that the body can use as nourishment. They must be broken into smaller molecules of nutrients before they can be absorbed into the blood and carried to cells throughout the body. Digestion is the process by which food and drink are broken down into their smallest parts so the body can use them to build and nourish cells and to provide energy.

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So what can you do to improve your digestive system? Here are some good tips:

1. Eat whole grain foods like wholemeal bread, wholemeal pasta, wholemeal couscous, brown rice, purple rice, buckwheat, oats and more. These are good sources of fiber, which helps digestion.

Please note that wheat grains are not suitable for those with celiac disease or gluten intolerance. But a word of caution – if you over-eat fiber rich foods, it can backfire and create excessive gas. So see how your body reacts and always listen to your body.

2. Gluten and dairy – sensitivity to gluten and/or dairy products is a common cause of inflammation in the digestive tract. For example, some people are sensitive or allergic to the gluten contained in grains such as wheat, rye, and barley. Other people are sensitive to lactose, which is found in milk and other dairy products. Some people are sensitive to soy products. there are now food sensitivity tests that can help identify these issues. You can improve the symptoms by eliminating the food from your diet. You can also refer to my articles about better sources of calcium than dairy products and healthy and easy homemade milk substitute recipes.

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3. Choose vegetables that don’t cause swollen stomach and multiple gases. Avoid for the cabbage family vegetables, such as cabbage, cauliflower, radish, kohlrabi, turnips and broccoli. Return them to the menu carefully while monitoring and testing that they are suitable to your digestive system. Overall eat five to six vegetables a day.

4. Prefer fish, especially those rich in omega-3 such as trout, mullet and salmon. Omega-3 plays a vital role in helping to ensure optimum digestion and healthy bowel function. Read here more about the amazing health benefits of omega-3.

5. Try to diversify vegetarian protein main meal instead of meat or fish for example: try to eat whole grains with legumes, brown rice and lentils or peas, wholemeal pita with hummus, wholemeal pasta with tomato sauce plus peas. The recommended ratio is the same amount of grains to legumes. Follow the intestinal response to eating beans and make sure they are actually comfortable to the digestive system.

6. Eat three fruits a day, including the skin.

7. Detox – In many cases, excess toxins in the body causes various digestive problems. Toxins are fertile ground for the development of candida, white fungus that appears usually in genital area or gastrointestinal tract and interfere with their activities. Reducing the consumption of sugary foods, foods of animal source and processed foods can help improve the situation. Specific foods that help eliminate toxins are algae, garlic, onions, wheat germ, green leafy vegetables, broccoli, fruits and water. Detoxification is recommended for all people, especially those who suffer from digestive problems. For more helpful information about detox process, its many health benefits and various detox methods, have a look at my e-book The Detox Guide.

8. Avoid fried foods.

9. From nuts/almonds family prefer walnuts which provide omega-3. Find here more about the great health benefits of nuts and seeds.

10. Document in a log book the food you ate and the symptoms of discomfort or any accompanying symptom of eating this food. Get to know your digestive system response to certain foods and different cooking methods. Prefer cooking in water, baking and grill. You can also read my article about the best cooking methods to keep the vitamins in food.

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10 Responses to Healthier Digestive System: Top 10 Herbal Teas + 10 Eating Tips

  1. Edna May McBride says:

    It all sounds good to me I am 62 and unhealthy and I am trying my best to get healthy. God Bless You

  2. Helen J Reuter says:

    Is the twinings green tea with lemon flavour just as good?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Helen, I’ve seen quite a lot of references about the benefits of green tea for digestion, so I guess it’s a good thing to try it.

    • THEO GREENBERG says:

      TO HELEN, NO , I AM NOT YELLING, AND I AM NOT A MILENIA, A BABY BOOMER… I AM VERY SICK TOO FROM NYC 911 AND THE DOCTORS IN VA ARE not DOCTORS, I WOULD SUGGEST YOU DO ONLY ORGANIC TEAS NO GMO’S OF ANY KIND, BUT THATS YOUR BUSINESS… I AM A HOLISTIC PRACTITIONER AND WISHED I COULD GET BETTER AS WELL, BEST TO YOU ALL……

      • Linda says:

        I agree with you about the doctors in Va. You just have to find answers on your own and that is tough to do.

  3. Jeanetta says:

    Hello, can you mix any of the above together in an infusion to assist with digestive issues? More along the lines of nausea and bloating.
    Thanks

  4. Helen Hogan says:

    Helen wants to know if peppermint is the only tea for flatulence.

  5. Stan says:

    Bang on with herbs for ibs.
    I now take herbal tea..manuka honey, lemon and ginger, twice daily…all in one tea bag.

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