3-Day Tea Cleanse to Bust Your Bloat

Yes, you also get to eat food.

3-Day Tea Cleanse to Bust Your Bloat

Sometimes we all need a little reset — especially if we're feeling a little sluggish and fuller than normal. Bloat is one of the most common gastrointestinal complaints, says registered dietician Keri Glassman. A few of the causes can be gas, constipation, or high-fat meals. So what can you do if you're feeling weighed down lately? Try a tea cleanse!

A tea-tox (no, this is not a detox) can help with your body's gastrointestinal issues, Glassman says. That's because hydration helps combat that uncomfortable bloat. So Glassman put together a three-day plan for you to help get rid of your bloat and get back to your best you. Follow the guide below for each meal of the three days.


MORNING

Tea Combo: 1 cup matcha tea + 1 cup ginger tea

Matcha is a kind of green tea. Typical green tea takes components from the tea leaf and steeps them in hot water. With matcha, the entire leaf is used — ground up into a fine powder and mixed with hot water. Some of the antioxidants in matcha can help support the good bacteria living in your gut. So, drinking matcha can help improve gut issues like bloating, gas, and upset stomach.

Ginger is known as a potential solution for a range of GI issues, including nausea, indigestion, diarrhea and bloating. Ginger contains compounds called gingerols, which help speed up stomach emptying and reduce bloating and gas.

Food: Eggs, oregano & avocado

Each morning kicks off with eggs, which is an efficiently digested protein source. Add some oregano for antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial benefits. (Glassman recommends adding herbs and spices at every meal.) And avocado is full of healthy fat and potassium. It helps prevent water retention by regulating sodium levels, thus reducing salt-induced bloating.

LUNCH

Tea Combo: 1 cup fennel seed tea + 1 cup lemon balm tea

You can have the fennel seed tea hot or cold. According to herbalists, fennel seed is an effective aid to digestion. It can help the smooth muscles of the gastrointestinal system relax and reduce gas, bloating, and stomach cramps. The lemon balm tea is known to help with digestive issues such as gas and bloating. The lemony scent is also soothing and appealing when you're experiencing digestive issues.

Food: Spinach salad with asparagus, artichokes & salmon + olive oil and lemon dressing

For lunch, have a tasty spinach salad with blanched asparagus, artichokes, and salmon. Top it with olive oil & lemon for the dressing.

Greens are excellent during cleanses because they are high in water volume and fiber and low in calories. Artichokes contain plant compounds known as caffeoylquinic acids, which increase flow of bile, a fluid that helps digest fats. Artichokes can also be used to treat indigestion. Salmon is high in omega 3s and is anti-inflammatory.

DINNER

Tea Combo: 1 cup dandelion tea + 1 cup chamomile tea

To end the day, have a dandelion tea and chamomile tea. Dandelion tea helps break down high-fat meals that make you bloated. Aiding digestion, dandelion tea has also been found to help reduce water weight. Dandelion is a potassium-rich herb that is said to have anti-inflammatory, diuretic, laxative, and appetite-stimulant properties.

Additionally, dandelion has long been used as a method to detoxify the liver and increase bile production and flow. For a good night sleep, chamomile tea will help you. Sedative effects may be due to the flavonoid apigenin, which binds to certain receptors in the brain. Chamomile tea helps with relaxing the muscles in your stomach and intestine.

Food: Chicken Soup

The number one rule of a tea-tox is to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Water is the enemy of bloat. So for dinner, soup is the perfect option. It's not just water, it's rich in protein and vitamins to support your cells. It also has fiber to keep things moving and to help you feel more full. Glassman loves chicken soup with a lot of leafy greens, which adds that extra shot of fiber! And then you'll want to fill it out with nutrient-rich, hardy veggies so you're not hungry.

Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

Keep Reading Show less