Regardless of what eating plan or philosophy you ascribe to, something almost everyone can agree on is that eating more plants is full of benefits. It’s something healthy food blogger Liz Moody and Beets By Brooke founder Brooklynne Palmer talked all about during a recent virtual Well+Good event.
One of the major benefits of plant-based foods both experts touched on: fiber. “Fiber is something we all can benefit from and has so many trickle-down effects,” says Palmer, a medical student who is passionate about the connection between food and medicine. Palmer explained how fiber is connected to gut health and lowering inflammation. “The best way to build healthy bacteria in your gut is to eat a lot of different kinds of plants,” she says.
But, for many, eating more plants (and thus more fiber) comes with one not-so great after effect: gas. “How can I combat the gas that can come with incorporating more plants into my diet?” one virtual attendee asked. Moody said she could definitely relate to this issue. “When I consume beans or legumes that aren’t pressure cooked or soaked, I am a fart machine,” she says.
But this is a plant-based problem with a plant-based solution. Moody says she happens to know the best tea for gas. “If you’ve eaten something and you are feeling sort of gassy or bloated, I love to do an antispasmodic tea made with fennel and that instantly soothes your stomach as you sip on it,” she says. Why? Fennel seeds have long been a beloved Ayurvedic remedy to combat bloating and gas; they also help fight bad gut bacteria that can affect digestive health. While Moody says she makes hers with just simply fennel seeds and hot water, she says you can also add in ginger, another herb that’s known to soothe the stomach. Below is the recipe for this simple, gas-reducing tea:
The best tea for gas
1 Tbsp crushed fennel seeds
1 tsp crushed ginger (optional)
2 cups water
1. Combine the crushed fennel seeds and crushed ginger (if using) into a tea bag or tea ball spoon.
2. Put the tea bag or tea ball spoon into a mug of hot water and let it brew for three minutes.
Watch the video below to learn more about the benefits of ginger:
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