It is fair to say this gasto-bug that I have / had has been horrendous. It has closed wards in local hospital and put at least two retirement villages into quarantine. Weeks later, I am still feeling its after effects. I am still having to be careful of what I eat, am still currently avoiding dairy and still am getting stomach pain and sickness on and off, all it can assume is related to what I am eating. Therefore I am eating fruit, veg, some protein and am drinking green tea like it is going out of fashion.
But what has the green tea got that is so good?
I have blogged about green tea before so knew about its antioxidant qualities, weight loss qualities, cognitive and skin health qualities, but underestimated what it could do for the digestive system.
Green tea also has a variety of health benefits and drinking two to three cups per day can relieve or prevent many stomach problems. Clinical studies have showed that green tea stimulates the digestive system. Drinking green tea is a safe and inexpensive way to neutralize gas in the digestive system caused by food intolerances. It can also relieve pressure from bloating, thus eliminating the pain that often accompanies gas. Green tea helps reduce the inflammation associated with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), gastritis, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. People with IBD are at an increased risk for colon cancer, which early studies have shown that green tea may help prevent.
I have a cupboard full of various flavours so it was quite by accident that I found that lemon and peppermint green tea was actually an invaluable drink for my recovery. I woke up this morning not feeling too flash, and due to go back to work today. After drinking some lemon and peppermint tea, I felt much better, and the stomach settled, allowing me to be confident enough to go to work knowing that I would be ok.
Why does lemon and peppermint work?
As well as all the amazing qualities green tea has to help my stomach, have a look at what lemon and peppermint can add to the equation.
Peppermint is a fragrant herb that makes for a soothing drink. Peppermint helps you digest foods better and also reduces flatulence and digestive issues. Peppermint is prescribed to people with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and gallstones in capsules. A cup of peppermint tea will ease nausea and vomiting, especially if you suffer motion sickness. If you have heartburn, don’t drink peppermint tea as this might aggravate your condition. Peppermint tea brings down the severity of herpes outbreaks. The natural mint flavor of the herb helps to freshen your breath. Other health benefits of this tea are control of muscle aches and chronic pain, clearing of congestion and mild coughs, mild asthma and reduction of stress.
Lemon is fragrant to drink and is a very effective tonic to calm nerves and anxiety. Cold lemon tea bags help relieve cold sores, or genital sores caused by the herpes simplex virus. Mix lemon balm leaves with valerian to treat anxiety, stress and insomnia. Lemon contains several properties, which control herpes and also regulate the thyroid. Lemon, when mixed with peppermint can calm an upset stomach, sooth the digestive track and reduce flatulence. Drink lemon balm tea if you suffer from nerve pain. Drinking lemon balm tea also helps strengthen memory and brain functions and also uplifts one’s mood.
Green tea is a natural stomach settler
I can seriously vouch for this. Lemon and peppermint green tea has been invaluable in my recovery, supporting and settling my stomach in the recent week or so after I stopped taking the strong pain killers prescribed to me by the doctor.
Don’t underestimate its invaluable power.