An upset stomach, leading to diarrhoea is aggravating and draining for the body. Diarrhoea can lead to nutritional deficiencies, fatigue, dehydration, and fluid imbalance. Viruses, bacteria, parasites, and intestinal inflammation are the main causes of diarrhoea. The good news is that the remedy for this is as simple as a cup of hot tea. There is a range of tea flavours that offer a variety of health benefits, and here is a list of the top 7 teas, that can assuage diarrhoea, while also providing nutrients and hydration.
1. Chamomile tea
This is not just a delightfully tasting tea but is highly effective in the treatment of diarrhoea. You could prepare this tea either with tea bags that use either green or black tea as a base and only from a reputed brand. If you so desire, simply infusing chamomile blossoms in hot water, will produce a nutritious herbal tea, without any other taste. Either way, Chamomile tea is popular for its ability to calm and soothe an upset stomach, given its antibacterial and anti-viral properties. It helps to eliminate harmful pathogens and parasites from the stomach, thereby assuaging diarrhoea, and preventing its reoccurrence.
2. Ginger Tea
The pungent flavour and tingling aroma of ginger produce a tea that is equally exhilarating. Ginger tea is known to soothe the pain, nausea, and extreme discomfort caused by diarrhoea. Additionally, a steaming cup of this magic tea helps to boost digestion, alleviate inflammation, and assist with proper blood circulation. Ginger tea helps to treat diarrhoea caused by the E. Coli bacteria, given the compound zingerone. This compound also assuages motion sickness-induced nausea, and diarrhoea caused by food poisoning.
3. Green Tea
This is possibly one of the most loved and popular teas. Green tea is the ‘superpower’ to combat stomach aches and diarrhoea, and soothe other digestive problems. Green tea supports healthy bowel movement, while also combating bacteria-induced stomach ailments. Given the high amounts of catechins, it is particularly effective against Helicobacter pylori infections – a cause of diarrhoea.
4. Peppermint Tea
Peppermint tea is one of the popular teas used to treat and alleviate digestive problems. You can infuse a bunch of peppermint leaves in hot water or go for the hassle-free option of Peppermint tea bags. The refreshing taste and uplifting aroma first help to soothe the mind and consuming it calms an irritated stomach. Studies have shown that Peppermint tea has the ability to soothe diarrhoea brought about by IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), while also calming flatulence, bloating, indigestion, and other diarrhoea-related symptoms. The compounds in Peppermint tea reduce inflammation of the stomach lining, which helps to combat diarrhoea.
5. Black Tea
The positive effects of Black tea on diarrhoea, are backed by scientific research. This research exhibited that those who consumed Black tea showed significant improvement in the symptoms of diarrhoea including decreased frequency of defecation and watery stools. It is important to remember that Black tea contains caffeine, and hence over-consumption could worsen the condition. It is recommended to intersperse Black tea with clear broths, herbal teas, and other liquids – this will ensure nutrition and hydration, without excessive caffeine.
6. Fennel Tea
Infusing Fennel seeds in boiling water is a great way to produce this tea. However, to avoid the mess and hassle of preparation, you could choose a good brand of Fennel tea bags. Fennel has been around for a long time and has been used to treat digestive problems, given its anti-inflammatory properties. It reduces cramps, soothes stomach muscles, and manages digestion. Regular use of Fennel tea can prevent diarrhoea. It also contains anti-ulcer properties, and water infused with fennel seeds has been used to treat colic pain in infants.
7. Lemon Tea
Pick up a box of Lemon tea bags and you would have yourself a great way to fight diarrhoea. Lemon tea contains the goodness of lemons, which have high amounts of antioxidants and other compounds known to fight bacterial and viral infections. Lemons and limes have the highest concentration of such compounds when compared with other citrus fruits. Lemon tea helps to combat norovirus, notorious for causing diarrhoea.
A steaming cup of any of these teas is an excellent remedy not just for diarrhoea, but also for several stomach-related issues. This is not an exhaustive list and there are several other teas that are not only delicious but pack a punch from a health perspective too. When you are ill, you deserve care, and a hot cup of tea is one of the best ways to shower care on yourself or your loved ones. Here’s to your health!
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