BY CARRIE KEPLINGER ON
Whether you’ve caught a bug, have a chronic illness or just overindulged, digestive problems are never fun. The next time your stomach’s feeling a little off, here are three good reasons to reach for tea instead of TUMS.
When scientists from Kingston University in London were researching plants that would help fight cancer and inflammation, white tea ended up being number one among the top three contenders. It turns out that naturally-occurring substances in the tea can help block the progression of inflammation.
Tea also contains polyphenols, which act as antioxidants and help to promote healthy gut bacteria and discourage inflammation. Black and Green Teas are especially high in polyphenol count. v
Drinking tea—even a small amount—with or after a meal can aid digestion and help to jump start your metabolism. You can thank all those flavonoids and antioxidants for that! Green tea, specifically, is known for stimulating the intestines and reducing gas (9 Health Benefits of Green Tea).
Extra good news for all of you chai addicts out there: the beverage is full of spices and herbs that are beneficial and soothing to the guts, including ginger, fennel, anise and cardamom. Plus, cloves and star anise, common ingredients in your favorite Indian spiced brew, are both high in polyphenols, even outranking tea according to the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition