According to many experts with green tea constipation can be cured.
How come? Well, green tea promotes good bacteria in the intestines. These bacteria, in turn, improve your resistance against infections, promote bowel regularity, and promote digestion.
Let’s start at the beginning: how do people end up with bowel problems?
Causes of constipation
Constipation may result from:
- A poor diet: eating foods rich in fats or refined sugar, and low in fiber.
- Not drinking enough: this may lead to hard dry stools.
- Too much caffeine and alcohol: induce dehydration (increased urination of water).
- Lack of exercise: if you don’t get enough exercise things stop working properly, including your digestive system.
- Medications: many medications may cause constipation.
- Poor bowel habits: ignoring the desire to have bowel movements may initiate a cycle of constipation (if you already have difficulties with “performing” it may become even more difficult to do so on a public toilet).
- Travel: lots of stress, a poor diet, and low fluid intake.
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) : disorder with symptoms such as abdominal pain, excessive gas, and constipation.
- Abuse of laxatives: may lead to a dependency on laxatives to promote bowel activity.Read more about laxative herbs: Chinese diet tea.
- Pregnancy: several factors may lead to constipation during pregnancy: pressure on the bowel by the heavy womb, hormonal changes, changes in diet and fluid intake.Read more about green tea and pregnancy.
Green tea constipation relief
If you ask me, I think green tea is a great alternative to the normal laxatives as these often cause many side effects; sometimes ever worse than the constipation problem itself.
As soon as you start drinking green tea as a way to stimulate digestion, don’t start drinking straight out of the tea pot hoping to start a movement down under within seconds.
Just stick to a cup or two cups to help encourage the bowels to move and slowly you will feel relieved.
Continue to drink green tea regularly to promote good bacteria and prevent constipation problems in the future.
Other tips to prevent constipation
So, with green tea constipation can be prevented! Here are other tips to prevent constipation:
- Drink plenty of water: at least 8 glasses a day; if you drink lots of caffeine or alcohol you should drink at least 12 glasses.
- Stick to a healthy diet: whole grains, fruits (prunes, apples), vegetables, cardamom, ginger, or potassium (helps to reinforce the walls of the colon; weakened they make things move slower).
Should your bowel problems persist, please consult a doctor for advice!
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