Green tea is all the rage nowadays for its health benefits, but does this include making you poop? Here’s what I discovered.
Green tea contains antioxidants such as EGCG, which help the body to flush out waste, which could result in more regular bowel movements. Green tea also contains caffeine, which can produce a laxative effect.
Keep reading to learn how much green tea you should drink for constipation relief, as well as green tea benefits, side effects, and other teas you can drink to help you poop better!
How Much Green Tea Should You Drink For Constipation Relief?
According to Healthline, studies that have explored the benefits of green tea are still on the fence as to the optimal quantity of green tea one should consume to reap the most benefits.
Some studies show that people who drink as little as one cup per day experienced significant benefits from the beverage. However, other studies have deemed five cups or more a day to be optimal.
When looking at all the studies collectively, it does appear that three to five cups of green tea per day is the optimal dosage for all kinds of benefits, including constipation.
Very high dosages may be problematic for some, but in general, the benefits of green tea far outweigh any possible risks! In fact, drinking green tea is excellent for your gut and overall health!
“The amount of tea required for health benefits varies greatly among studies. Drinking a minimum of three to five cups of green tea per day seems to work well, but the optimal amount may vary from one person to the next.”Healthline.
Reported Health Benefits Of Green Tea
While it may be true that researchers have not conducted many studies on green tea and its health benefits, there isn’t a whole lot of conclusive evidence to support the fact that green tea has many medicinal benefits. However, many people have claimed that green tea helps with the following:
- Weight loss
- Improving mental clarity
- Protecting against cancer and heart disease
- Reducing headaches
- Reducing risks for certain cancers
The best part about green tea is that it does not have many side effects, yet it has many reported benefits, such as the ones listed above. While drinking it may enhance your overall health, it should not replace the advice of a doctor or any medications.
Scienced-Back Benefits Of Green Tea
While there are many effects of green tea that still need to be studied, here are some that have study-backed evidence to suggest the claims are true! Here they are:
- Clogged arteries (coronary artery disease). Population studies have suggested that consuming green tea is correlated with a decreased risk of clogged arteries. The link seems to be more powerful in men than in women.
- Endometrial cancer. Population studies have suggested suggest that consuming green tea is linked to a decreased risk of developing endometrial cancer.
- Osteoporosis. A population study has suggested that consuming green tea for a period of 10 years is associated with improved bone mineral density. Early research indicates that consuming green tea that contains 500 mg of catechins (an antioxidant found in green tea), twice a day for 24 weeks improves bone strength in postmenopausal stages and also improves bone density.
- Ovarian cancer. Women who drink tea on a regular basis seem to have a reduced risk of developing ovarian cancer. However, green tea cannot prevent ovarian cancer from reoccurring after a history of it.
- High cholesterol. People who drink green tea regularly seem to have lower levels of bad cholesterol. Drinking green tea or taking green tea extract containing 150-2500 mg of green tea catechins for up to 24 weeks has been shown to reduce total cholesterol in people with high levels of blood fats or cholesterol.
Pretty impressive, right? By now you must be wondering if there are any downsides to green tea. Well, as with an anything in life, there are a few, so keep reading to find out!
Side Effects Of Drinking Green Tea
The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health has reported that green tea is safe to drink when consumed in moderation. However, there are some rare, yet still possible, side effects when you consume green tea and these include:
- Liver disorders, which can result in jaundice, dark urine, or stomached aches
- Reduced effects of the beta-blocker known as nadolol
Green tea also contains some caffine. If you are sensitve to caffine, then you may experience symptoms such as:
- Increased heart rate
- Problems sleeping
You may be wondering by now if this is the only set of side effects caused by green tea. Many people think that green tea causes them to have runny stool, but is this really true? Keep reading to find out!
Can Green Tea Cause Diarrhea?
According to Livestrong, green tea is unlikely to result in an episode of diarrhea when consumed in moderation. While caffeinated coffee can act as a valuable laxative, tea does not have the same laxative effect (especially when you stick to no more than the recommended three to five cups per day).
This is because green tea contains significantly less caffeine than coffee. In fact, one cup of green tea has between 14 and 60 milligrams of caffeine, which is milder than the 100 milligrams that come in a standard cup of coffee.
If you exceed five cups of green tea per day or are especially sensitive to caffeine, then chances are you may experience nausea and some loose stools. Caffeine works by stimulating your intestines and drawing more fluid to make bowel movements happen faster.
How To Minimize The Chances Of Diarrhea From Green Tea
Despite the fact that diarrhea is unlikely for most people, it is still a possibility (especially for those with a sensitivity to caffeine or are new to green tea) that an upset stomach may occur. With that being said, here are some tips to prevent this:
- Logically, you should start by drinking only a couple of cups of green tea when you first start and slowly increase quantities as your body adapts.
- It is advised not to drink green tea on an empty stomach. It is much better to drink tea after a substantial meal. This will also minimize the side effects of caffeine.
- The best time to drink green tea is between meals. Avoid green tea in the morning hours, rather drink it in the afternoon after lunch.
Can Green Tea Help Comtrol Diarrhea?
Green tea has been used decades ago as a remedy for diarrhea. According to studies, there is ample evidence that tea may be able to control diarrhea significantly.
This is due to the tannins found in green tea. These compounds play a role of an astringent for the mucous membrane found in the intestine. This means you can drink green tea for mild cases of stomach aches and diarrhea (but not severe).
Insider Tip: In cases like this, more is certainly not best! Make sure that you do not drink more than one or two cups per day for relief of an upset stomach, as exceeding this could make things worse.
Which Other Teas Have Proven Laxative Effects?
Tea manufacturers use the plant known as Camellia sinensis to make black, green, and oolong teas. All these teas have similar effects on the intestines. However, each tea is prepared in different ways, meaning some may have stronger laxative properties than others made from the same plant!
With that being said, here are some teas that have the strongest laxative effects for those suffering from constipation:
- Senna tea
- Cascara tea
- Dandelion tea
- Peppermint tea
According to IFFGD, these teas have varying effects on your body that will certainly increase the likelihood of a trip to the bathroom! Before you rush out to buy these teas, remember that these teas are effective for short-term constipation relief.
If you suffer from chronic constipation, it is best that you consult with your doctor to check for any underlying conditions.