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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 May 15, 2019

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

“Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

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Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb. We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits. We’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head.

But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

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So…how exactly are we to achieve that?

It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

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2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty. If you seek it, you will find it.

3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what is really important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

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4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking. It is like watching a DVD that saddens and frustrates you, completely pulling you down. Eject that old DVD, throw it away and insert a new, better, more hopeful one instead.

So, instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

And remember: You are (or will become) what you think you are. This is reason enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

Featured photo credit: Kyaw Tun via unsplash.com

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