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Thanksgiving Dinner: Best Teas To Drink After Heavy Meal

Putting on weight during the holiday season is inevitable, especially after downing Thanksgiving turkey and desert. Thanksgiving is celebrated on every fourth Thursday of the month of November every year. Though the Thanksgiving holiday was originally introduced to mark the last harvest of crops, today it is about spending quality time with your family, particularly by enjoying huge meals together. 

On this day, families indulge in meals consisting of turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie and deserts, all while they express their gratitude for all of life's blessings by spending time together. Furthermore, there are excessive leftovers to gulp down the next few days. On the flipside, overeating could lead to bloating, digestive issues and discomfort. 

It’s not just about gaining extra pounds since the holidays can disrupt your mental state as well. A recent study that tested a new method of brain-imaging called the diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) compared the brains of 59 obese adolescents with 61 healthy adolescents.

They tracked the brains' white matter in both groups and observed unhealthy changes in obese childrens’ brains through inflammatory markers, such as the leptin hormone that regulates appetite, and other factors such as insulin resistance. These two parameters are likely to go up during the holidays. 

Soon enough, the Christmas season will be upon us and eating huge meals will become the norm during the period. Hence, it is important to help digestion in whatever possible way. 

Drinking the following herbal teas could prevent some of the discomfort experienced post a big meal with high calorie content, both physically and mentally.  

Peppermint Tea

One of the most potent herbal teas to relieve constipation and aid digestion post a hearty Thanksgiving or Christmas meal is the peppermint tea. It is largely due to its antioxidant content and minty flavor and aroma. The tea can be consumed any time of the year but its consumption could be more beneficial during the holiday season since it also promotes weight loss with its 0 calories.  

Turmeric Tea

Turmeric is a powerful ingredient to improve digestion. The tumeric content also has black pepper, which adds to its anti-inflammatory properties, that is why it is used widely in traditional Ayurvedic treatment of inflammatory conditions. 

Ginseng Tea

Ginseng is a spicy and warm herbal tea that has an earthy flavor. It is known for its anti-inflammatory effects and being an adaptogen.  

Fennel Tea

The fennel tea is an extremely powerful ingredient that aids digestion and relaxes the abdominal muscles. It can surely help with bloating. 

Thanksgiving Turkey Here are four herbal teas to consume after a hearty thanksgiving meal. Pixabay