Tea has become a household beverage that is enjoyed by many at any time of the day, most commonly in the morning or evening before bed. Besides water, tea is the cheapest and most consumed drink in the world, with many different types to choose from. Each type of tea contains a myriad of nutrients. The type of tea you drink can also be beneficial in a number of ways, such as helping manage anxiety, helping you sleep, and boosting your metabolism.
When dealing with a disease, tea plays an important role in calming you down and helping you overcome any bugs or viruses you are dealing with by strengthening your immunity. If you feel nauseous, you will probably try to get rid of it any way you can. Fortunately, there’s tea for that too.
According to Amy Shapiro, MS, RD and a member of our board of medical experts, the best tea for nausea is fresh ginger root tea.
Ginger is most commonly used in cooking for its extra touch of flavor in dishes. While known for its flavor, ginger also offers tons of benefits, such as improving digestion, reducing pain and inflammation, supporting weight loss, and helping with nausea.
“Research shows that ginger relieved symptoms of nausea, vomiting and diarrhea in individuals with various problems ranging from chemotherapy to morning sickness,” says Shapiro.
In a study published in Nutrient JournalConsuming the ginger rhizome (the underground part of a stem) is a traditional and beneficial remedy for relieving common health problems which include pain, nausea and vomiting.
The review evaluated 109 qualifying articles that selectively focused on the study design of multiple clinical trials. The effects of ginger have been shown to be reported in a variety of diseases and health conditions. In clinical trials researched, 14 of them have been shown to help relieve nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, which could cause nutritional deficiencies. In postoperative nausea and vomiting, an event that occurs after surgery and is mainly caused by the anesthetic, 11 studies have shown that ginger treatment has been used to relieve the sensation.
Ginger has also been shown to be beneficial in gynecological patients and has helped prevent nausea and vomiting induced by an antiretroviral regimen, a treatment to help prevent HIV-associated morbidity and mortality.
Ginger tea is similar to ginger beer, but with less sugar and calories. You may not even get a high enough serving of ginger in soda, so the most efficient way to get the dose is through tea.
“I like to make ginger tea by adding an inch of fresh ginger root (sliced or chunked) into boiling water and letting it steep for 10-15 minutes,” says Shapiro. “Filter the ginger and enjoy it as it is or add lemon, cinnamon or honey.”
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