The #1 Best Tea for Nausea, Says Dietitian
Tea has become a household beverage that's enjoyed by many during any time of the day, most popularly in the morning or at night before bedtime. Next to water, tea is the cheapest and most consumed beverage in the world, with many different types you can choose from. Each type of tea contains a plethora of nutrients. The type of tea you drink can also be beneficial in different ways, such as helping to deal with anxiety, helping you to sleep, and to boost your metabolism.
When you're dealing with illness, tea plays an important role in soothing you and helping you get over whatever bug or virus you're dealing with by boosting your immunity. If you're feeling nauseous, you're likely looking to rid of that in any way possible. Luckily, there's tea for that as well.
Ginger is most commonly used in cooking for its extra pop of flavor in dishes. Although known for its flavor, ginger also comes with tons of benefits, such as improving digestion, reducing pain and inflammation, supporting weight loss, and helping with nausea.
"Research shows that ginger has relieved symptoms of nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea in individuals with varying issues ranging from chemotherapy to morning sickness," says Shapiro.
In a study published in the Nutrients Journal, the consumption of the ginger rhizome (the underground part of a stem) is a traditional and beneficial remedy to relieve common health problems that include pain, nausea, and vomiting.
The review evaluated 109 qualifying articles that selectively focused on the study design of multiple clinical trials. It was proven that the effects of ginger were reported in a variety of diseases and health conditions. In the clinical trials researched, 14 of them showed to help relieve nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, which could cause nutritional deficiency. In postoperative nausea and vomiting, an occurrence that happens after surgical procedures and is mainly caused by the anesthetic, 11 trials showed that ginger treatment was used to help relieve the feeling.
Ginger also has been shown to be beneficial in gynecological patients and 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 ale, but with less sugar and calories. You may not also be getting a high-enough serving of ginger in the soda, so the most efficient way to get your dose is through tea.
"I like to make ginger tea by adding an inch of fresh ginger root (slice or chop it) into boiling water and letting it steep for 10 to 15 minutes," says Shapiro. "Strain the ginger out and enjoy as is or add lemon, cinnamon, or honey."
For more healthy drinking tips, check out Tea: The #1 Best Kind to Drink Every Day.