Does tea really help with digestion?
The health benefits of tea have been accepted worldwide and in addition to the well-known role it plays in boosting energy levels, it is known to also be a great digestive aid. There are many ways to help promote healthy digestion. Eating multiple small meals throughout the day rather than large meals, avoiding difficult-to-digest foods, such as fatty meats and dairy products, can also be helpful, and make sure to get enough fibre in your diet by eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
Generally, our digestive system works in the following way: we take in food through our mouths, break it down into smaller pieces with our teeth, and then deposit it into our stomachs. There, further breakdown begins with the help of strong acids and enzymes, before finally being absorbed into the bloodstream. For the best possible digestion help for your personal circumstance, a medical practitioner is best placed to advise you.
But does tea really help with digestion, or is it just one big marketing myth? One theory is that the antioxidants in tea help to break down food and prevent indigestion. Another theory is that the small amounts of caffeine (which has a laxative effect) in tea helps to stimulate the digestive system and improve bowel movements and prevent constipation. On the other hand, the tannins have an astringent effect. The anti-oxidants present in tea tend to slow cell oxidation and help with the digestion process.
In Asia, a cup of tea is often served with every meal and folklore explains that this is because the tea has powerful antioxidants that help to digest one’s food. Whatever the exact mechanism, there is no doubt that drinking tea can be helpful for those who suffer from indigestion. If you’re looking to improve your digestion, adding a cup of tea to your daily routine is a good place to start.
Rujani Tea has a range of award-winning teas that are produced organically on a tea farm in Assam, India. Black teas like the Ruajni Tippy Reserve is a rich source of antioxidants, which can help to prevent cell damage and promote healthy digestion. The Rujani Emerald Green Tea is a good choice for those who are looking to lose weight, as it can boost metabolism and burn calories while being fragrant and tasty. The Signature White tea is a milder form of tea and is thought to be the most beneficial in terms of health benefits. Each type of tea has its own unique flavour profile, so experiment until you find one that you enjoy drinking. All of the teas can be found online and can be purchased directly from our website.
So next time you’re having trouble digesting a meal, try reaching for a cup of tea instead of an antacid. You may be surprised at how effective this centuries-old remedy can be!