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5 Drink Recipes to Ease Bloating and Help Digestion

5 Drink Recipes to Ease Bloating & Help with Digestion

Who knew that a little bit of gas is all it takes to feel uncomfortable? If you experience bloating, indigestion, and nausea a little more often than you like to admit, there’s a biological explanation. As it turns out, food moves through and empties slower for women compared to men, and this slow process can contribute to bloating and nausea. If you need a drink that helps soothe the stomach, here are five recipes to try at home!

1. Fruit Vinegars (Hong Cho)

It’s sweet, tangy, and delicious that you’ll wonder how vinegar can taste so good! Fruit vinegars are not a strange concept in the East, and they’ve had their fair share of popularity across Japan and South Korea.

But if you’re new to these drinkable vinegars, get ready to have your mind blown! Go to your nearest Korean or Asian supermarket, and you’ll most likely find Hong Cho – one of the most refreshing and popular drinkable vinegar concentrates. With this one tall bottle, you can find yourself using it in a variety of drinks or cooking recipes – the easiest and most common way is to sip it diluted in a glass of iced water.

What are the benefits of fruit vinegar?

Fruit vinegar is rich in antioxidants, prebiotics, and postbiotics, which are beneficial for the gut (goodbye bloating!), energy, and overall health. Fruit vinegar is also low in sugar, which makes it a great and healthier soft-drink replacement!



2. Genmaicha

For a soothing cup of tea, genmaicha is warm, nutty, mild, and perfect for sipping while curling up in bed with a book! Genmaicha translates to “brown rice tea” and is also known as “popcorn tea” since the popped rice kernels appear mixed into bancha or green tea leaves. 

What are the benefits of genmaicha?

Genmaicha is rich in antioxidants, polyphenols, and gallic acid. These nutrients are excellent for balancing blood sugar levels, decreasing bad cholesterol, and promoting relaxation. Genmaicha is also low in caffeine, which makes it a fantastic nightcap to end the day! As for bloating, this tea is a diuretic that can help avoid water retention by flushing out excess water from the body.



Making Genmaicha:


3. Mugwort Tea

We always said that mugwort in skincare is excellent for relieving inflammation and soothing sensitive skin. As a tea, you can also expect mugwort to soothe your insides and your body! Mugwort tea has a perfectly mellow and subtly sweet flavor (gliding with oat and hay notes) that will make your rainy nights (or one of those blah days) more bearable.

What are the benefits of mugwort tea?

Mugwort is perfect for boosting energy, relieving stomach ailments like bloating and indigestion, relieving menstrual cramps and promoting a healthy menstrual cycle, calming nerves, promoting circulation, helping you get a good night’s rest, and regulating the digestive system by stimulating gastric juice and bile secretions.**

** If you’re pregnant, breastfeeding, or have an allergy to ragweed, we strongly recommend avoiding mugwort tea



4. Bone Broth (Felicia’s Chinese Sweet Corn Carrot Soup)

If a broth made with meaty joints and bones, vegetables, herbs, and spices suit your fancy, you’ll love this recipe! Bone broth can get misconstrued as a “health fad” in America, but in reality, it’s a staple base for traditional Japanese, Chinese, and Korean soups. And as it turns out, its origins can be traced back to Ancient China, Greece, and South American cultures.

What are the benefits of bone broth?

This flavorful liquid is jam-packed with amino acids, collagen, and B-vitamins like niacin and riboflavin, benefiting the digestive system (and calm bloating), immune system, skin, and joints. We even think this could be great for sipping during those cold days when you’re feeling under the weather or don’t feel like eating a full meal.



5. Korean Sweet Cinnamon Punch (Sujeonggwa)

Dinner isn’t complete without dessert, and for Korean BBQ regulars, you’ll typically find a chilled cup of this delicious punch in place of your usual slice of cake. This sweet and spicy drink was once a drink served in the Royal Court during Korea’s ancient dynasties, but today, it’s a perfect way to surprise a few guests, warm up your body, or soothe your stomach after a heavy meal. Plus, it’ll make your kitchen smell delicious! 

What are the benefits of Sujeonggwa?

Sujeonggwa uses cinnamon sticks and ginger which both have soothing properties to the body. That’s because cinnamon is loaded with antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties that can benefit the body. Ginger is terrific for its antibacterial properties, as well as lowering blood sugar and cholesterol, relieving nausea, bloating, and indigestion, and acting as a natural pain reliever. And if we’re honest, this sounds like a perfect winter drink!

** Cinnamon contains blood-thinning agents so if you’re taking any medication, please consult a medical professional before trying this drink



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If drinking chilled:

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