When it comes to supporting our digestive systems, we should bring out the heavy by eating lots of fibre, exercising regularly and consuming probiotics, our little army of good bacteria. But what else can we do? Add more fluids to our diets so that fibre can do its work.
If you don’t like drinking plain water, try drinking herbal teas—they stimulate your taste buds and give you a good dose of comfort. In addition to keeping us hydrated and promoting healthy bowel function, some herbal teas have more specific benefits. For example, those that contain ginger can help combat nausea and morning sickness in pregnant women.
Choose herbal teas that you enjoy, so you can drink several cups a day to reach your recommended fluid intake. Remember, fluids help hydrate your body and help fibre do its job.
Although herbal teas are made from natural products, you should still exercise some caution. Just because a product is natural, it doesn’t mean it’s safe. Always consult a doctor if you are pregnant to know which teas are safe to drink. If you are on medication, make sure the tea won’t interfere with it, or if you have any health problems, ensure the natural products found in herbal teas won’t exacerbate your condition.