Green Tea and IBS – Understand the beneficial effects of green tea towards your IBS symptoms.
Review of Tea Green
There have been mixed reviews about the usefulness of green tea and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. However to clarify things, here is a quick review of green tea and the varieties available.
Green tea typically contains caffeine and this is known to be a bowel irritant since it increases the movement of the bowels which may lead to diarrhea.
As a IBS sufferer, you definitely do not want to irritate your gut any further than it may already be suffering from. Instead, you want to perform the opposite of this, which is to soothe the gut to ensure that it is rested and able to heal.
Green Tea in general however is known to provide anti-inflammatory properties so this in itself, would help with your Irritable Bowel Syndrome symptoms.
As a result, it would be useful to drink de-caffeinated green tea and the benefits are further increased if served hot. Historical research proves hot tea to be more effective than cold tea.
Another reason to drink your tea hot is because, most IBS sufferers have a weaker intestinal environment. Likewise, because we are warm blooded humans, it is far easier for our body to take-in similar temperature set liquids, which may be hot to luke warm, rather than cold fluids.
When consuming cold fluids, the body needs to generate the heat necessary to warm up the fluids and this further takes away from your core set of inner-energy, which instead could have been used to enable your body to recuperate further.
How Much and When?
It is only necessary to take 1-2 cups of de-caffeinated green tea per day, preferably in the morning and night. Always remember to drink lots of water throughout the day to help cleanse and flush out wastes from your body.
We are made up of 55-75% water, so it only makes sense to drink lots of water to keep that balance in our body. The more water we drink, the more effective the body is, in cleaning out waste and toxins.
However, 8 cups of water a day should not be exceeded unless you are in a very hot climate, as you can actually wash out your internal mineral sources. There is a fine balance in the overall scheme of things. Similarly, like the daily intake limit of green tea and IBS, everything in moderation is best.
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