The other night, after a stressful day at the office, I thought it would be a brilliant idea to pick up some premade cookie dough from the store and eat it both in raw and cooked form (new CDC warnings be damned). I don't typically eat a lot of refined sugars and carbs because I know they make me bloated, and well, this decision ended up making me incredibly bloated. And a little nauseous, TBH.
I've been trying to turn to more natural cures for such ailments, so my trusty post-carb Gas-X was out. As it turns out though, certain teas can be great for alleviating that too-full, definitely overindulged, oh-goddess-why-did-I-eat-that bloated feeling. Plus, there's something very relaxing about sipping on a cup of tea (bonus points if you lie down in bed and read or rewatch Parks and Recreation while you wait for the tea to work its de-puffing magic). Here, the best teas for bloating.
Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory. In addition, it also contains a compound called gingerol, which has been found to help relieve bloating. Bonus: It also helps with nausea, something that's definitely accompanied one of my "treat yo' self" pizza smorgasbords.
You can buy premade ginger tea like this one, or follow this recipe to make fresh ginger tea.
Whenever I had a stomach ache as a kid, my grandmother would tell me to suck on a peppermint. I'm not sure how much the sugar helped my gastro issues, but there's something to be said for peppermint and its usefulness in helping with stomach woes. Studies have found that peppermint tea can help relax your gastrointestinal system, which improves digestion and decreases bloating.
The only ingredient in this tea is pure peppermint leaves from the Pacific Northwest.
Fennel has been studied for its myriad health-boosting benefits, but since you're here to de-bloat, we'll focus on its gastro-taming prowess. Fennel helps dissipate gas out of the intestines and also helps your body produce more bile. More bile means your body is better able to break down fats—especially dairy products, which can be a large culprit behind a bloated stomach.
This detoxing tea contains a blend of de-bloating ingredients like fennel, bladderwrack, milk thistle, and dandelion root.
You may best recognize this tea for its snooze-inducing properties, but it can also help soothe a bloated stomach. This is because it contains properties that have been shown to help with gastrointestinal disorders and muscle spasms. (Spasming in the intestinal wall can cause bloating.)
The chamomile used in this organic tea was harvested from Fair Trade–certified farms in Egypt.
Dandelion Root Tea
Dandelion root tea is a diuretic, which means that it increases the amount that you pee. This extra water output can help relieve bloating. Also, this tea has been used for a long time to soothe digestive ailments, though most of the evidence is anecdotal.
This loose-leaf tea is USDA certified organic and caffeine-free.