Boldo Tea for Digestion

Many long-standing cultures have a variety of natural remedies for ailments which have been passed down from one generation to the next for countless years. In South America, boldo tea is one such remedy. Native to Chile, the leaves of this slow-growing tree have been harvested for centuries for use as an herbal tisane. Most commonly, the tea was used to reduce the symptoms of a hangover, and to promote healthy digestion as well. Today, modern research has shown that boldo tea does in fact make an excellent natural supplement for healthy digestion, and may be used to promote bowel health and ease stomach upset.

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Common Digestive Issues

Troubled digestion is one of the most common and most easily noticed medical conditions around the world. Whether it appears in the form of nausea, heartburn, bloating or diarrhea, many people experience some form of digestive discomfort several times a year. Unfortunately, unlike many other medical conditions, people often pay little attention to their troubled digestion. Instead, they rely simply on over-the-counter medication to provide relief, assuming the symptoms are bearable and downplaying the severity of the condition. For many of these people, however, these symptoms are indicative of an ongoing issue, one of many common digestive disorders.

Reflux: One of the most common of all digestive issues, reflux is characterized by acid from the stomach making its way into the esophagus. This causes a feeling of pressure or burning in the chest area known as heartburn. The common belief is that heartburn is the result of eating spicy foods; however, while spicy foods may contribute to heartburn, they will only exacerbate symptoms, while the cause is something else. Consulting with a doctor can help to determine the cause of reflux.

Dyspepsia: More commonly known by the term indigestion, this digestive disorder is often characterized by frequent pain in the upper abdomen, as well as feeling full too quickly when eating. It is often accompanied by belching, bloating, nausea, and occasional heartburn. Causes can vary greatly between individuals, but occasional dyspepsia may be the side effect of a medication.

IBS: Irritable bowel syndrome, usually abbreviated as IBS, is a gastrointestinal disorder that occurs when the large intestine (bowel) fails to properly function. It is often accompanied by cramping or spasms in the lower abdomen, diarrhea or constipation. This is usually diagnosed when it occurs more frequently than once a month, and once a doctor has ruled out food sensitivity as the cause.

IBD: Inflammatory bowel disease, though often confused with IBS, is a separate disorder marked by an inflammation of the bowels. IBD acts as a sort of blanket term for one of several diseases that cause inflammation, including Crohn’s disease and colitis. These diseases can range in severity as well as curability. Major symptoms include cramping and pain, diarrhea, bleeding and a frequent need to go.

Constipation: Constipation is difficulty passing bowel movements. Causes may vary between failure in bowel function, stress, improper eating habits, and hardened stool due to insufficient intake of water or dietary fiber. The strain caused by constipation may lead to more serious issues, such as impacted digestion, pain and bleeding when passing bowel movements, and hemorrhoids. Regularity varies greatly between individuals, and therefore, it is recommended to discuss with a doctor to determine if you are suffering from chronic constipation.

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How Boldo Tea May Help

Boldo tea provides a natural method for promoting healthy digestion, and may assist with a number of digestive issues. Studies show that boldo leaves stimulate the liver’s production of digestive bile. This helps with the breakdown of food into nutrients, and may ease the digestive process. Another benefit of boldo tea is its antispasmodic effects, which relaxes spastic muscles. This is particularly useful for those who are prone to muscle cramps and spasms, such as IBS or dyspepsia. For those with inflammatory conditions, boldo tea’s anti-inflammatory properties may offer natural aid. Boldo tea has also been confirmed as a mild yet effective natural laxative, highly beneficial for those dealing with constipation. Boldo tea may even be able to stimulate appetite in those who struggle with eating sufficiently. Altogether, these effects make boldo a safe and natural way to positively supplement digestion.