There are a lot of ways to support a healthy gut (all of which also support a healthy mood). Here are 5 healing teas that I’ve been drinking for improved gut health and much happier days.
“Good nutrition creates health in all areas of our existence. All parts are interconnected.” – T. Collin Campbell
Please note that I am not a licensed medical doctor or nutritionist, and cannot offer professional advice for any serious medical and health concerns–these should be brought to your licensed healthcare professional(s). This is merely a testament to what works for me.
Since I had a rough 10 months not knowing what was causing my extreme belly discomfort, I tried a lot of things to support a healthy digestive system. Keeping it as natural as possible, I opted for healing remedies well-known for their anti-inflammatory and anti-stress properties.
I feel SO much better today than I did a year ago. Of course, a lot of elements helped me get back to normal (and even better than I was before any issues came up). I had never even taken a probiotic before, for instance, never mind consciously worked more probiotic foods into my diet, which is amazing considering how important that is.
If I had never experienced the prolonged, intense discomfort that I did, I probably wouldn’t be taking such good care of my body today. Sometimes the “bad” things that happen lead us to better places. My body was trying to tell me something–like, “Easy on the stress, please!”–so I listened.
Meditation, breathing exercises, getting up and moving more, and the healing teas in this post (among other things) are all now part of my daily life. They support a healthy immune system, digestive system, and central nervous system–all important parts of feeling happy to be alive.
For more information about improving gut health, here’s an informative and friendly article from Kris Carr–cancer thriver, author, and activist with a ton of delicious plant-based recipes on her website (and in her books). She also offers some wonderful tips for reducing chronic inflammation, which was a big part of my prolonged discomfort.
5 Healing Teas for Improved Gut Health
1. Calming Magnesium Tea, with Collagen
I’ve heard that magnesium can help with migraines, but I take it to support an overall healthy response to stress. Natural Vitality (the brand I use) comes in a few flavors, but I love the lemon and raspberry flavor enough to stick with that. You can mix the powder into hot or cold beverages.
The magnesium in Natural Calm comes in ionic form, which is more easily absorbed by the body. When I first started taking magnesium in powder form, I started with 1/2 teaspoon per day and worked my way up to two teaspoons per day over the course of a couple months. The body needs some time to adjust.
I also add two scoops of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides to my magnesium “tea” for added immune and digestive support. Collagen is vital for the cohesion, elasticity and regeneration of skin, hair, tendon, cartilage, bones, and joints. I’ve noticed a big difference in my joints especially, which had been aching for months and now feel great.
- 8-12 oz hot water
- 1/2-2 teaspoons Natural Vitality Natural Calm Magnesium (I like the lemon + raspberry flavor)
- 1-2 scoops Vital Proteins Grass-Fed Collagen Peptides
- Juice of 1/4-1 lemon (optional)
- 1-2 teaspoons raw honey to taste (optional)
- 1/2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled (optional)
Combine all ingredients (except water) into a mug. Pour a small amount of hot water into mug slowly–the magnesium powder will fizz. When done fizzing, fill mug with water and stir until all ingredients are dissolved. Enjoy.
2. Turmeric Tea, aka Golden Milk
Turmeric tea is a new love of mine, but it’s definitely not your ordinary cup of tea. With the right mixture of supporting spices–including cinnamon and pepper for absorption–it’s a soothing experience.
A great base for spice blends, turmeric is also an ancient healing remedy known to help with digestion (particularly inflammation in the digestive system), immune function, and liver health. People often refer to turmeric tea as “golden milk” due to its color (which will temporarily stain your mug, just so you’re aware).
Turmeric tea can be served cold or warmed on the stove top.
- 2 cups of milk of choice (almond, coconut, and cashew all work)
- 1 teaspoon turmeric powder or 1-inch fresh turmeric root, peeled
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Pinch of black pepper (increases absorption)
- 1 teaspoon raw honey to taste
- 1/2-inch piece fresh peeled ginger or 1/4 tsp ginger powder
Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth (again, I love my NutriBullet). Serve cold, or pour mixture into small sauce pan and heat for 3-5 minutes over medium heat until hot (but not boiling). Drink immediately.
You can store blended ingredients in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days.
If you don’t want to mix all the spices every time, you can make a batch of dry turmeric tea mix and add to warmed milk and honey when you’re ready.
Kris Carr also shares a great recipe, which includes cardamom and coconut milk.
3. Warm Honey Lemon Water
I explain here why I drink warm honey lemon water, on an almost-daily basis now. Basically, the warm water wakes up my stomach first thing in the morning so I can start my day on a happier note. This simple mixture stimulates the digestive system, gives you a healthy energy boost, and hydrates your entire system–these are just a few benefits.
The best part about honey lemon water is that it’s so simple to make.
- 8-12 oz hot water
- Juice of 1/4-1 lemon (start with 1/4 and work your way up to 1 whole lemon over time)
- 1-2 teaspoons raw honey to taste
Mix into your favorite mug and sip away first thing in the morning, or whenever you can take a tea break.
4. Kombucha (Tea)
Kombucha is a fermented sweetened tea that’s been around for centuries. It’s considered a good source of antioxidants, b-vitamins, probiotics, and glucaric acid. The popularity of this enzyme-rich drink has risen over recent years, and is now available at many grocery and health food stores.
I used to make kombucha at home, and it was kind of strange but also kind of fun–like a science experiment. I’ll get back to those roots when my counter space allows (you need a good amount of space). At this time, I just purchase the healthiest kombucha tea options I can find at my local grocery store.
- Clean, gallon size glass jar
- 1 gallon of brewed sweetened tea (ratio: 1 cup of sugar per gallon of black tea)
- A SCOBY (stands for: symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) and 1 cup of kombucha from a previous batch
- Coffee filter, or thin cheesecloth and a rubber band to cover the jar
If you’re interested in making your own kombucha at home, I recommend these detailed instructions from Katie (aka Wellness Mama).
I aim to consume 4 oz of fermented tea each day to support a healthy gut.
5. Matcha Tea Latte
Matcha is one of my favorite healing teas that I aim to have on an almost-daily basis, for many reasons.
Matcha is a form of stone-ground green tea leaves. It’s thought to have all of the antioxidant benefits of green tea, but in a more concentrated form.
Aside from its anti-inflammatory properties, matcha is associated with mood regulation, enhanced memory, increased metabolism and energy, and antioxidant power, making it a wonderful addition to smoothies.
My matcha tea latte is a healthier alternative to coffee, and it was love at first sip.
- 1/2 cup boiling water (if you’re making a hot latte)
- 1 1/2 cups milk (almond, coconut, or cashew all work)
- 2 teaspoons matcha powder
- 1-2 tablespoons raw honey to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
Blend all ingredients (except for hot water if you’re making an iced latte) in a high-speed blender until smooth (my NutriBullet works great). Ensure the matcha powder is completely dissolved for a smooth consistency. Pour in a mug, add ice and a straw for the cold version, and enjoy.
You can double this recipe and store it in the fridge for a couple days. Just pour it over ice when you’re ready.
A matcha tea latte can be made hot or cold. I enjoy the iced matcha tea latte version the best so far, but there are some amazing hot latte recipes out there (like this honey coconut matcha latte) that I haven’t yet tried. The heat might be more healing for your gut, but I’ve found even the iced version gets things moving.
I enjoy a good serving of raw honey in mine, but if you opt to use coconut oil or butter in your latte, you can probably cut the honey serving in half. I suggest simply playing around with the ingredients until you find the combination that suits you best.
Maybe I’ll write a post solely about matcha… because I really do love it so, so much.
For now, I hope one of these healing teas serves you, and your belly.
- Which of these healing teas do you want to try, or do you already incorporate into your healthy gut regimen?
- What issues have you worked through, or are you currently experiencing? What has given you some relief?
Please share your thoughts, favorite healing teas and remedies, and any other practices that have helped you find comfort with me in the comments. I’d love to hear what works for you.
Share these healing teas with someone who might want to try them.
You are healing. It’s a process. Do what you can to enjoy the journey.