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Peppermint and Pregnancy

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If you’re pregnant over the holidays, indulgence may be the name of the game. So many wonderful dishes and candies to try can easily add up to the extra calories needed for your baby grow. If your indulgences have left you feeling less than your best, take heart in a warm drink guaranteed to easy your holiday tummy troubles.

Peppermint tea, like the ones from Celestial Seasonings, Traditional Medicinals Herbal Tea or St. Dalfour Organic can revive your spirit and mind. Mint, peppermint specifically, had been used by the Greeks and Romans hundreds of years ago to relieve multiple medical conditions. Nowadays peppermint is seen to relax the body and mind and can be perfectly safe to take while pregnant. Peppermint oil can calm irritable bowel syndrome, help with gallstones and alleviate the annoying symptoms of the common cold.

The menthol in peppermint, along with tocopherols and carotenes (antioxidants found in plants) can help enzyme components within the body function at their highest level. For example menthol found in peppermint is seen to increase the solubility of bile in the body. Bile functions to help the body break down fats ingested and created. So a simple ritual of peppermint tea for breakfast or as a relaxing break in the day can help the body with digestion.

If you’ve thoroughly enjoyed your holiday and are looking for a pregnancy safe alternative to heartburn relief, think of peppermint tea. It can be found caffeine free and is a great, relaxing way to end a busy day (or year!).

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