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Before You Forget, Drink Tea for a Healthy Gut

July 1, 2019

Are you constantly battling bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation or abdominal pain? Are you always worrying about finding a bathroom, just in case? If yes, then your digestive system is not as healthy as it should be. What we eat and drink can contribute to damaging your gut and making your life miserable. 

 

When you have a digestive illness such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Chron's disease, Colitis or just fluctuating gut health issues, your life can be miserable. You may feel like your held hostage by your gut. We may become afraid of taking long trips or participating in social gatherings. Plus when the digestive system isn't working properly, other parts of our body are affected such as the immune system and our mind. 

Figuring out what is the root cause of your digestive issue is the first step. Ordering an IgG Delayed Food Allergy test to find out if a food allergy is causing the issue. Some people decide to simply start cutting foods out of their routine. Thinking they know what the food is that is causing their symptoms. But this can take time and the last thing you want to do is wait 4-6 weeks to see if your symptoms subside just by not eating a specific food. It is hard to really know which food is the problem without getting a test. 

 

The company Everly Well sells at home test kits. Just perform a finger prick with the kit and the test is done! In a couple of weeks, you'll know the results. Avoiding those foods is one of the steps to healing the gut. Testing is critical if you want to get started healing your gut fast. Food allergies and sensitivities can take up to 28 days to cause a physical symptom.

 Even after a troublesome food is eliminated from your routine, the gut needs support to heal and function properly. Drinking organic herbal tea can help. Why organic? When a tea is certified organic, you know that the tea is free from chemicals. Most tea companies process the tea leaves and tea bag with chemicals, such as polyethylene terephthalate which is a food grade plastic.

 

Buying and drinking non-organic tea means you could be ingesting chemicals from the tea leaves. The chemicals will only make your digestive symptoms worse. Medical Daily reports that 62% of Teavana teas contained endosulfan, a pesticide that is banned in the US, China and 144 other countries since it is linked to impaired fertility. When suffering from a digestive illness, chemical avoidance in what you eat, drink and put on your body can really help your gut heal. While we can't avoid all of the chemicals we interact with on a daily basis, cutting down exposure where ever you can will help you improve your health. 

 

What is it about tea that helps heal the gut? It is the polyphenols contained in tea. Polyphenols act as antioxidants in the body. Antioxidants combat free radicals that cause inflammation, illness and disease in the body. Digestive health illnesses are the result of inflammation. Polyphenols help influence gut bacteria by making their way to the colon where they are used to help fight bad bacteria and stimulate the growth of good bacteria. (Source: NIH Study)

While all teas contain polyphenols, black tea may be the best to support gut health. Health Line reports that black tea has antimicrobial properties which can also help kill off bad bacteria. Below are types of teas to drink to support a healthy gut. You can drink the tea hot or cold. Make sure to brew the tea in clean, filtered water to avoid the over 300 chemicals that can be found in tap water. Also, before starting any natural remedy, make sure to check with your Doctor or a Certified Holistic Nutritionist to ensure the active ingredient doesn't cause any side-effects. 

 

Licorice Tea

Licorice root acts like a soothing agent, which can help with digestive issues such as indigestion. It also has antibacterial properties which can help relieve stomach ulcers. Licorice is a natural laxative so if you have constipation, drinking licorice root tea can help get things moving. Licorice root may have side-effects for some, such as headaches or high blood pressure. (Source: Mercola

 

Peppermint Tea

Healthfully reports that peppermint tea can help reduce gastrointestinal spasms. By relaxing the gut muscles, gas can pass more smoothly, relieving bloating and discomfort. It can also calm the stomach which may help food digest faster. One caution is if you have acid reflux disease. Since peppermint can relax the gut, that means acid can rise more easily between the esophagus and the stomach. Also, peppermint can interfere with some pharmaceuticals. 

Slippery Elm Tea

This tea has been used to reduce inflammation in the gut which helps ease symptoms of leaky gut syndrome, IBS and other digestive problems. It works by stimulating the nerve endings in the stomach lining, which triggers mucous secretion. This increases the protective coating, helping the stomach and small intestine to be resistant to excess acidity. While there are no known drug interactions with Slippery Elm, it is always good to check with your Doctor. (source: Clinical Advisor)

 

Marshmallow Root Tea

This root repairs the damaged gut lining and can help heal leaky gut syndrome. It is able to relieve symptoms of constipation, diarrhea and heartburn by coating the stomach. When the stomach is coated, it helps reduce discomfort and burning sensation from acids in the digestive tract. Healthline reports that Marshmallow Root can stimulate cells in the digestive tract that support tissue regeneration.

 

I hope you found this article on digestive health and how organic herbal tea can help support your digestive tract. If you would like to learn how to heal your digestive illness naturally, contact me, I am here to help. I offer a FREE 15 minute consultation. Book now by clicking here

 

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