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Gut Health Benefits of Teas

GUT HEALTH BENEFITS OF TEA

Did you know that certain types of tea can contribute to better digestive health?

Tea leaves boast a plethora of antioxidants, polyphenols, and other herbal compounds to help your digestive enzymes work smarter. Tea polyphenols act as prebiotics, which feed the healthy bacteria living in your gut and in turn improve your digestion.

Historically, people worldwide have been benefiting from the power of natural tea leaves for better digestion.

Traditional Iranian medicine used green tea to combat gastrointestinal disorders [1] and traditional Chinese herbalists have been using pu’er tea for better gut health for hundreds of years.

The Top 10 Best Teas for Digestion

  1. Ginger Tea
  2. Peppermint Tea
  3. Chamomile Tea
  4. Cinnamon Tea
  5. Black Tea
  6. Green Tea
  7. Pu’erh Teas
  8. Dandelion Tea
  9. Oolong Tea
  10. Yerba Mate Tea

1. Ginger Tea 

A powerful root that is known to help soothe upset stomachs, indigestion, bloating, and gas. Ginger root stimulates the muscles in your intestines, which improves digestive motility and encourages your body to break down food and get it moving through your digestive tract.

As well as benefiting your digestion, the scent of ginger acts as a form of aromatherapy and so drinking a cup of ginger tea can relax you and boost your mood. And when you have lower stress levels this can in turn improve your gut health! (Read more about Stress and Gut Health here)

2. Peppermint Tea

Studies have shown that peppermint oil, which is found in peppermint tea leaves, has analgesic effects. This can combat pain in the gastrointestinal tract and may also help support good bowel health [2].

Peppermint tea was also found in a 2008 study to be useful for helping to decrease gas, diarrhoea, and stomach pain in IBS patients [3].

3. Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea has been used to treat indigestion, diarrhoea, gas, nausea, vomiting, motion sickness, a sluggish digestive system, and stomach pain for centuries [4][5].

Since chamomile is a relaxant, it may be able to help calm tense muscles in the digestive tract and help you feel more at ease [5].

4. Cinnamon Tea

Cinnamon tea has been used for centuries in traditional medicine in both China and Egypt [6]. Similar to chamomile tea, cinnamon offers anti-inflammatory benefits that may help with stomach cramps and intestinal spasms. It fights indigestion, nausea, gas, and diarrhoea [6].

The antioxidants in cinnamon possess stress-relieving properties that will help to promote a feeling of calm, and when your mental wellbeing is improved this can lead to improved gut health due to the gut brain axis. (Read more about this link between your gut health and mental wellbeing here)

5. Black Tea 

Researchers from UCLA found in 2017 [7] that black tea is linked to improving gut function and bringing balance to the microbiome.

Researchers say it may help impact fat and complex sugar digestion and absorption, which naturally supports healthy weight management [8].

Black tea’s digestive support is due to theaflavins which is a type of antioxidant polyphenol found uniquely in black tea. They are prebiotic compounds that may help support regularity as well!

6. Green Tea

Green tea has been linked to improving gut health by encouraging the growth of good gut bacteria in the intestines as found in research conducted in Ohio State University, as well as this, a study by Yan and colleagues in 2019 revealed that green tea is rich in polyphenols and catechins, helping the body improve its digestive process. 

The consumption of green tea for digestive health dates back thousands of years to its earliest uses in India and China and still is a great choice of drink to aid your digestion today!

7. Pu’erh Tea

This fermented tea has been used for thousands of years by Chinese herbalists to “warm the stomach” and support digestion. Pu’erh contains micro-organisms that help your gut maintain a healthy balance of bacteria and digestive enzymes.

On top of that, Pu’erh tea also helps your body process fats, traditionally being drunk in China after a meal, particularly an oily meal, to aid digestion.

8. Dandelion Tea

Dandelion herb is used as a diuretic, and can be used to treat digestion issues such as indigestion and relieve constipation as it stimulates bowel movement.

Studies on animals have shown that dandelion extract can help stimulate stomach muscle contractions, which in turn support the movement of food through your digestive tract. [12

9. Oolong Tea

Oolong tea contains both the theaflavins found in black teas and the catechins found in green teas which are antioxidants that play an important role in supporting digestive health. According to a study published in 2006, the polyphenolic antioxidants in Oolong tea act as prebiotics widely known to help improve your gut health!

Oolong tea alkalizes the digestive tract, which can help with acid reflux and can help to soothe and calm the stomach after eating greasy or spicy food and so Oolong is among the most widely consumed teas in China being regularly served alongside meals in restaurants.

10. Yerba Mate Tea

Yerba has been used traditionally in South American cultures as a medicinal herb.  Yerba treats digestive problems by promoting bile and gastric juice production in the body, which means, among other things, a cleaner colon, less bacterial build up in the digestive system as a whole, and more efficient intestines.

Yerba Mate tea also stimulates contractions and movements in the gastrointestinal system and so can be used to relieve constipation.

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