Black Tea & Digestion
Tea is said to be one of the most popular beverages in the world, ranking second most consumed drink next to water. It has three famous kinds: green, oolong, and black. Tea has been proven to provide consumers with a lot of health benefits such as memory retention, aid in diarrhea, diabetes, and better health condition in general. In this article, we will discuss some health benefits of black tea such as enhancing blood circulation and digestion.
Black tea comes from fermenting camellia sinensis leaves and stems in order to obtain tea that is dark reddish-brown in color. Hence, it is called black tea. Black tea is a great source of caffeine and L-theanine; therefore, you get the stimulating buzz of coffee and the calming properties of tea. It also contains essential oils and polyphenols (a very famous tea compound) that fight free radicals. Polyphenols aim to stimulate gastric juices thereby improving the digestive tract’s task to break down food. A common advice from doctors when patients ask simple ways to get rid of love handles and unwanted fats is drinking tea—any type of tea in general.
One important and copious component of tea is the so-called tannins, which is a kind of polyphenols. This component is very abundant in black tea. Tannins have a relaxing effect for the digestive system. They also has a healing effect on the intestinal disorders.
People with weight problems are also advised to have their daily intake of black tea to aid in their digestion and for easier burning of fatty acids from food.
There are a million and one ways to drink the black tea: you may add honey, cinnamon or milk, but if you have a digestive problem, you may want to drink it plain to maximize its benefits. For best results, keep your black tea consumption to a maximum of four or five cups per day to avoid digestive discomfort. Consuming in excess of this may result in unpleasant symptoms and lead to discomfort due to upset stomach. Caffeine exalts the level of stress hormones in the body such as adrenaline and cortisol. In short, even though black tea has been proven to promote digestion, too much intake of it may reverse its effect that can even affect a person’s bowel movements. If you are experiencing hyperacidity, you may want to consult your doctor first before having your dose of black tea just to be safe.
Other benefits of black tea include aid in heart problems, asthma, cholesterol, breast cancer, and longevity to name a few. Black tea unclogs arteries that help prevent cardiovascular diseases. It has also been proven to lower the level of bad cholesterol in the body. Researches show that people who drink 3 to 4 cups of tea have lesser chances of having heart problems compared to people who do not drink tea at all. Tea also helps in raising the level of globulin hormones during the menstrual cycle.
Overall, tea helps prevent a lot of diseases thereby promoting longer life and lighter lifestyle. Tea is widely available worldwide in many flavors, mixes, and recipes to suit every age and personality. Aside from the many health benefits, it is very relaxing to drink tea especially after a fatty meal. So have your cup of black tea today!