Mint is a source of health and well-being. There are many types of mint and in each country there is a variant that is more widespread than the others. Nonetheless, they are all suitable for preparing a mint tea, with the aim of taking care of health or preparing delicious desserts and even essential oils.
In general, the mint tea helps us to fight some health problems. In addition, it promotes weight loss, as well as acting as a mild sedative to help you sleep.
Why is it recommended to drink mint tea after eating?
The way to prepare the mint infusion, as well as the way of taking it during the day, varies according to the benefits we want to obtain.
You can drink two cups of mint tea a day for one week, including it in your eating habits, and rest the next.
1. Mint tea improves digestion
There are many infusions that favor the digestive process, as is the case with dandelion, green tea or chamomile. However, we opt for the mint infusion for its beneficial effect on the digestive system, as this study from the Iranian University Urmia states.
This infusion helps the body to better absorb the nutrients contained in food through the small intestine. At the same time, it is suitable for people suffering from any intestinal ailments, as it helps relieve pain and discomfort.
Mint promotes liver functions. This study conducted by the University of Semnan (Iran), despite being conducted on rodents, states that mint could improve the symptoms and condition of diabetic patients.
Another fact to consider is that it helps to avoid flatulence produced by fermenting food.
2. Mint tea helps us control appetite
These data are very interesting in case you follow a weight loss diet. The scent of mint, in addition to being relaxing, is an appetite suppressant, as even the olfactory stimuli reach the hypothalamus, controlling the sensation of hunger. This is stated by this research conducted by the University of Liverpool (United Kingdom) and this study by Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, United States).
It is advisable to consume the mint infusion after eating, as it not only helps to better absorb the nutrients of food, but through its essential oils and components it exerts a calming and sedative action.
Other benefits of consuming mint tea:
- It is a good helper for diabetic patients.
- Promotes gastric and hepatic metabolism.
- It acts as a diuretic, as stated in this study by the Center de Recherches et des Technologies des Eaux (Tunisia).
It is important to avoid using sugar to sweeten the brew. Try to drink this mint infusion naturally or with a little honey. It is healthier.
Precautions on using mint
It is necessary to know that if you exceed the consumption of mint infusion you can experience some side effects, just as it is not recommended to take it in certain situations. They are:
- Gastritis : This is due to the ability of mint to stimulate the production of gastric acids.
- Insomnia : if we consume mint tea in large quantities.
- It is not recommended for children under 2 years of age due to the menthol content.
- Soft stools and nausea : due to excessive consumption.
- Not recommended during breastfeeding: as it can reduce milk flow.
- Do not take during pregnancy : as it can expose you to the risk of spontaneous abortion.
Mint stands out as an effective ally of slimming diets. However, remember that in order to lose weight, it is always best to consult your doctor. Furthermore, if we follow a varied and balanced diet and lead an active life, our efforts will be rewarded.