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Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, but I always wind up with a wicked food coma the next day. There are so many delicious things to eat — turkey! Brussels sprouts! my mom's apple pie! — that I feel wrong saying no to anything. But, 24 hours later I feel bloated and gross. (Sorry, Mom!)
After one too many gastrointestinal holiday roller coaster rides, I decided to develop a relief strategy. I'm a big tea drinker, so this year, I've turned my post-Thanksgiving Day routine into a brew-a-thon. Here are four leafy specialties I'll be sipping to stave off the turkey hangover.
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Palais de Thes Pu-Erh Imperial Tea
The first time I ever had pu-erh tea, a dark blend that originates in China, was during a huge dim sum feast. Turns out the Chinese figured out ages ago that this fermented tea improves digestion during or immediately after a heavy meal, but not everyone else has gotten this awesome memo just yet. My personal favorite pu-erh is the one made by Palais des Thes. By the time we hit the dessert portion of the evening, a warm cup is just the thing I need.
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Traditional Medicinals Fennel Tea
If you're more familiar with fruit teas, fennel tea will definitely be a bit of a surprise — it's slightly bitter and almost licorice-y. But, once you acquire the taste for this tea, you'll be glad you did. This my go-to for upset stomachs. If you wake up one morning feeling like someone punched you in the stomach, a cup or two of this stuff will help. I know a woman who puts a little bit of fennel into her stuffing, which is a pretty smart way to stuff yourself silly and make sure you don't overdo it at the same time.
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Steven Smith Teamakers #96, Jasmine Silver Tip
Ever had Tazo, the super-popular tea brand you get at Starbucks? Steven Smith made that. And, then, instead of retiring, he started over again with a brand under his own name. If I'm ever craving a flat tea that's warm and nourishing without being too strong in one direction — too sweet, too floral, too nutty — his Jasmine Silver Tip tea is the one I reach for. And, because it's neutral, it goes with just about any food (even a turkey-and-cranberry sandwich).
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Harney & Sons English Breakfast Tea
Sometimes your next-day issue isn't that you overate, it's that you over-drank. My first step when dealing with a hangover is making a pot of strong English Breakfast tea. The caffeine helps me wake up and it's also pretty good cure for a headache. Harney & Sons may have originated in Connecticut, but it knows what it's doing with the English Breakfast blend.

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