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Saunf water is a blessing for constipation. Here’s how you can make a cup for yourself

Published on:24 December 2020, 12:50pm IST
Saunf or fennel is rich in vitamins and minerals. But did you know drinking saunf water benefits the digestive system and relieves constipation?
Shreya Gupta
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Sip on saunf tea to relieve constipation. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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Do you remember the time when you would visit restaurants, and the server would come with a bowl of saunf with your food bill? Yes, it had some thought behind it. Typically, saunf is used as a mouth freshener, but it also helps you digest all the heavy meals you’ve had. 

So how does saunf actually help? Since a long time, fennel tea has been used to treat constipation and other digestive problems. Antioxidants and the vitamin A, C and D content of fennel makes it a great remedy to cleanse your stomach. Not only that, it is also a rich source of minerals like copper, potassium, calcium, zinc, iron, and magnesium, which makes it so beneficial for your health. 

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Here are three ways how saunf water can actually help you to relieve constipation:

1. It is rich in fibre

Saunf is a rich source of fibre. There are almost two grams of fibre in a tablespoon of dried saunf, whereas a whole apple only has three-four grams of fibre! So, as you can see, it is a good way to up your daily fibre intake. Moreover, if you have constipation, fibre will help you with it, by promoting better digestion.

Also, read: Drink this saunf and tulsi tea to say goodbye to gastric pain and acid reflux

2. It has antimicrobial properties

According to a study published in the Arabian Journal of Chemistry, fennel has antibacterial and antifungal properties, which can help you get rid of any bacteria that’s disrupting your digestion, thus promoting smooth bowel movement.

3. It is also anti-inflammatory in nature

The anti-inflammatory nature of fennel seeds can help you reduce inflammation, thereby soothing any irritation in the intestine, and thus improving digestion. Further, it can also relax the muscles in the intestine to relieve any symptoms of constipation.

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Brew yourself a cup of this goodness. Image courtesy: Pexels

If you are intrigued with its benefits, here’s how you can make the fennel tea yourself:

Step 1: Take a pan and add one cup of hot water in it
Step 2: Now add one teaspoon of fennel seeds. Do not boil, as it will destroy its nutrients.
Step 3: Cover the pan and leave it as it is for 15 minutes.
Step 4: Your tea is ready! You can have one cup of saunf tea, thrice a day.

Note: Since it aids digestion, you can have this 20-30 minutes, after every meal.

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Shreya Gupta Shreya Gupta

Finding nirvana in good food, Shreya also loves reading books and is a die-hard Potterhead. Confident and motivated she's fun to be with. Plus food. Always.