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Is It A Myth That Black Tea Can Be Good For Your Stomach?

Is It A Myth That Black Tea Can Be Good For Your Stomach?

If you have done some homework on whether or not black tea is good for your stomach, you might be a bit confused. The truth is that there is some conflicting evidence as to whether or not you should imbibe. Let’s take a look at the evidence for and against drinking black tea for stomach problems!

On the Plus Side

Black tea does have some definite benefits. Although it is made from the same plant as green tea, the leaves of black tea are allowed to ferment before they are processed and this changes the kind of flavonoids they contain.

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The two most active flavonoids in the tea are thearubigin and theaflavin — and both of them can bring you some distinct health benefits. According to the Live Well site, there are definite digestive benefits to black tea:

  • It has anti-inflammatory properties which can help to reduce painful symptoms of issues like Crohn’s disease.
  • It has antioxidant properties which can help to repair and soothe the linings of the digestive tract.
  • It can help to regulate digestive enzymes like amylase and lipase, which can help patients with conditions such as pancreatitis.
  • Because it contains large amounts of water, tea can help digestion simply by keeping someone hydrated.

There are also other perks to drinking black tea. This includes a decreased risk of having a heart attack. They can also decrease the risk of ovarian and other forms of cancer, kidney stones, Parkinson’s, and high cholesterol. It can also boost the body’s metabolism and helps with energy and alertness.

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On the Minus Side

Before you start swigging that black tea, however, there are a few things you should know.

First, black tea contains caffeine (duh!). And while caffeine is something that most people feel like they need to pep them up and get them through the day, caffeine is something you have to watch out for if you have a tendency towards upset tummies. Caffeine increases acid production in the stomach, acts as a diuretic (which can increase risk of dehydration) and can exacerbate symptoms if you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

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You should also know that apart from digestive problems, too much caffeine can cause other unwanted side effects, including anxiety and restlessness, headaches and an irregular heartbeat.

Black tea also contains compounds called tannins, which give the tea its characteristic bitter flavor but can also lead to nausea or upset stomach.

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What to Do?

The thing to do if you are a black tea fan but are also worried about stomach problems is simply to enjoy the tea without going overboard. Research shows that for most people, 200-300mg of caffeine (from any source) is safe.  Depending on the kind of tea you drink and how long you steep it, this can be anywhere between 4 and 10 cups a day.

However, if you do have stomach problems (such as a history of irritable bowel syndrome) or if you are pregnant or have a history of irritable bowel syndrome or other stomach complications, it is better to talk to your doctor first before indulging yourself!

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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