Learn about the best teas suitable for aiding in digestion.
Are you facing issues with digestion or defecation? An enjoyable way to increase water intake is through tea, offering not only hydration but also a range of health benefits. Tea polyphenols act as antioxidants, stimulate gastrointestinal motility, and enhance digestion and defecation.
Oolong Tea: A Digestive Catalyst
- Benefits: Oolong tea is known to catalyze digestion and aid in digestion. Tannin, a major component, is linked to fat metabolism. Oolong tea helps lower cholesterol levels in the blood, making it suitable for consuming greasy foods.
- Caution: Avoid drinking strong tea before meals, as it may hinder digestion and absorption. Instead, enjoy light amounts after meals for optimal results.
Puerh Tea: A Soothing Brew for Digestion
Puerh tea might be the best tea for digesting. In fact, any type of Dark Tea (Heicha) variety is beneficial. Ripe Puerh is the most tasty followed by Tibetan varieties. Consuming Puerh right after berry consumption has been known to be the most beneficial combination for loosening up the bowels. We recommend our Signature Puerh Tea.
Brewing Puer Tea
- Tea Wash: Pour hot water into the tea bowl, rinse for 3 seconds to wash the tea and eliminate bacteria.
- Brewing: Pour water into the bowl, wait for 10 seconds, pour it out, and wait for 30 seconds to 1 minute before starting to brew.
Steeping Times for Puer Tea:
- First Brew: 20 seconds
- Second and Third Brew: 30 seconds
- Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Brew: 40, 50, and 60 seconds
- Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth Brew: 80, 100, and 120 seconds
- Subsequent Brews: Add 30 seconds for each brew.
- Resteeping: Puer tea can be resteeped about 12 to 16 times, with the number increasing for more aged varieties.
- Quick Brew: Use a vacuum flask as a teapot. Put puer tea leaves in it, wash once or twice, fill with hot water, and brew for 30 minutes or longer for a fast tea-making method.
Other Digestion-Boosting Teas
Jue Ming Zi Tea:
- Usage: Brew with 350cc boiled water, repeat brewing until tasteless.
- Benefits: Treats eye infections, relaxes bowels, and alleviates constipation.
Yu Xing Cao Tea:
- Brewing: Brew 15g of Yu Xing Cao with 600ml hot water, repeat brewing three times.
- Benefits: Effective for digestive tract issues, promotes healthy bowel movement, and treats constipation.
- Ingredients: 5 kumquats, 1 preserved plum.
- Brewing: Cook with 500cc water, boiling for 3 minutes.
- Benefits: Regulates digestive system, removes fats, and aids in problems of flatulence and nausea.
Additional Tips for Digestive Health
- Dietary Fiber: Alongside tea, ensure a diet rich in fruits and vegetables for dietary fiber, aiding in digestion. Tea leaves are a good source of dietary fiber.
- Incorporate Tea Leaves: Eat tea leaves with tea, grind them into small pieces to add to rice, or fry them with vegetables for enhanced digestion and bowel movement.
Tea, beyond being a delightful beverage, becomes a companion on the journey to better digestion and overall digestive health. Enjoy these teas mindfully and savor the benefits they bring to your digestive well-being.