Before you come at me with the pitchforks and the shotguns, let me get this bit out of the way: I am not advising caffeine for IBS sufferers. I know, you know, we all know that caffeine is a muddy recipe for disaster.
However, this post is all about decaffeinated herbal teas, so don’t sweat it and keep reading. Herbal teas are one of just a few natural ways you can curb IBS symptoms without very much effort. Hot drinks are also fab for those with gut imbalances as it is easier for our bodies to process warm fluids, as our bodies are warm blooded (yep… science!)
All you need are around 1-2 cups of digestion-friendly teas and you’ll be feeling better in no time. Soothe the gut, but don’t overdo it. See the top herbal teas for healthy digestion, below.
What’s so special about peppermint tea? Well, peppermint is commonly associated with getting good quality sleep, and for once that is not just marketing hype. Peppermint is a natural muscle relaxant which of course, is great for catching some z’s, but also because it is great for IBS-C sufferers.
For those who suffer with IBS-D, or who simply are looking for a natural remedy to ease the bloat or uncomfortable gas, the best herbal tea to remedy the sensation is peppermint tea. You can see more on why peppermint is so great for digestion here.
Another tea which will help you out with your IBS symptoms – and have you ready for sleep – is chamomile tea. Chamomile is believed to reduce gut inflammation, abdominal spasms and gas. It is also pretty great at reducing stress, which is likely why so many IBS sufferers swear by it!
Fennel is one of those herbs that you’ve likely heard of and probably never tried. But if you suffer with IBS or any digestive discomfort, then you seriously need to try it. The seeds of the fennel bulb have been known to relieve bloating and reduce gas in the abdomen.
The anti-inflammatory properties of green tea make this one of the most effective herbal teas for reducing IBS symptoms. Plus, you can drink it in the middle of the day and you won’t feel overly schleppy.
Bonus: If you don’t have any decaffeinated herbal teas knocking around your house, or you’ve had bad experiences with herbal tea before, try a simple hot water and lemon. I have this every morning (to wake up my metabolism) and every evening (to wind me down and get rid of any bloating I’ve accumulated after my evening meal). Give it a try!