Does tea upset anyone's digestive system ?

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Motherly
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   Posted 1/11/2007 12:09 PM (GMT -6)   
confused  Does tea upset anyone's digestive system?  There are so many wonderful tea's out there that I would love to drink but tea seems to really upset my system.  I get awful heartburn (actually chest pains) and it takes my system like 2 weeks to get normal again.  I don't understand how tea can do this since they make tea's for relaxing etc.  Anyone else out there experience this?  Thanks, Angela

TroubledTummy
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   Posted 1/11/2007 11:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I drink green tea and decaf herbal tea and have not had too much trouble, but strong regular tea makes my stomach very unhappy..I have recently started taking the DGL Licorice and am having decent results.

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   Posted 1/12/2007 10:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Angela,
Tea has caffeine in it  nono not good for GERD.  Actually even decaf tea and coffee is not good when really in distress.
Drink chamomile tea (only if you don't have allergies to pollen though, it's very allergenic), that may be helpful.  Get the one without anything added, I've noticed many have citrus added.
Danie

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   Posted 1/12/2007 6:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Danie,

Does your DGL licorice have added sugar?

Lonibel

DANIE
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   Posted 1/13/2007 9:03 PM (GMT -6)   
The DGL that I got from Puritan Pride has sorbitol.

friendlygal
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   Posted 1/14/2007 6:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I think that tea relaxes the sphincter muscle and that is not good for us.  Interestingly, health food stores have peppermint tea to aid in digestion and we are supposed to stay away from mint so I'm thoroughly confused...
Do you guys know if herbal tea is good for us?  How about decaf tea in general (with no sugar)?

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   Posted 1/14/2007 7:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Aiding digestion for the average person is one thing but helping heal a person with GERD is another. Peppermint is not helpful at all. Careful with herbal teas if you have any allergies and decaf anything is also not good for GERD. Decaf coffee or teas still have caffeine in them.

friendlygal
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   Posted 1/14/2007 8:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Decaf coffees and teas have caffeine in them?  How is that possible?  I thought that decaffeinated meant no caffeine.  Am I wrong?

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   Posted 1/15/2007 2:48 PM (GMT -6)   
All the sites that I researched for alkaline eating to help heal from GERD symptoms showed all decaf as being acid. You still get some caffeine even in decaf, usually a small percentage (depending on the brand) but not useful to heal from GERD.

friendlygal
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   Posted 1/15/2007 4:04 PM (GMT -6)   
But chamomile is ok??

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   Posted 1/19/2007 2:47 PM (GMT -6)   
any chamomile tea is good for anyone especially for those who suffer with upset stomach,or pain it calms it down.I bought tea bags cozy chamomile herb tea a relaxing herb tea, so delicate and soothing.It helps soothes my throat ,and stomach.drink warm and slow it helps to relax your body.

friendlygal
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   Posted 1/19/2007 3:09 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks, mnj...it's just confusing when they say we can't drink tea yet now i'm hearing that chamomile is ok...

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   Posted 1/19/2007 8:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Friendlygal,

Just as a general rule for GERD eating: if it's bland, tasteless, without any depth of flavor - IT's FOR YOU! I mean, really, is there any tea less appealing than chamomile? And - oh, yeh - you can't put any honey in it either. Sorry.

friendlygal
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   Posted 1/20/2007 7:05 AM (GMT -6)   

Lonibel, are you sure you can't put honey in it?

I went to a chiro. the other day and he said that honey is good for curing GERd...


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   Posted 1/20/2007 7:15 AM (GMT -6)   
You can use a little honey in you chamomile tea.
BE CAREFUL WITH CHAMOMILE THOUGH IF YOU HAVE ALLERGIC RHINITIS (ALLERGIES TO POLLEN). IT'S EXTREMELY ALLERGENIC. You'll cause more problems than you already have.

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   Posted 1/20/2007 11:34 AM (GMT -6)   

I did have nonallergic rhinitis during the summer.  But I no longer do at all.  In fact, I'm only allergic to penecillin.

so I could use honey in the tea.  But why only a little?  Like I said, I heard that honey is good for GERD, meaning that it would be even good to drink honey on its own from what i hear...

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