The sixth class of food is fiber or roughage, and research shows that humans cannot digest it. Why then should it be a part of our diet? Pretty sure you know the answer! Fiber encourages bowel movements and allows for the proper digestion of food.
If you have less than three bowel movements in a week, this is classed as being constipated. Your stool is typically hard and difficult to expel, and you get that feeling of dissatisfaction or of incomplete evacuation.
Green Tea for Constipation
The natural polyphenols in green tea can aid your digestive system while the antioxidants keep you healthy. About 7% of the dry weight of green tea is cellulose (fiber). This property alone helps to enhance normal digestion and bowel movements thanks to its fibrous nature. There are multiple variants of green tea available, but for the purposes of treating constipation, you can rest assured that any type will have a positive benefit.
The second factor of green tea that encourages bowel movements is caffeine. The amount typically found in tea ranges from 14 to 60 milligrams per standard cup. The effects of caffeine can increase metabolism and while acting as a nervous system stimulant. This action can stimulate peristalsis and encourage bowel movement.
Other Herbal Teas for Constipation
Nature has been kind enough to provide us with many plants that can be made into herbal teas, which along with a healthy diet, have been successfully used to treat constipation. More specifically, herbal teas contain fiber along with other compounds that are known to help provide relief by triggering peristalsis.
Here are some of the most popular herbal teas that can provide relief from constipation, which we will briefly discuss now below.
Ginger Root Tea
Ginger root tea can act as a mild laxative which increases the temperature of the intestines mildly so that you have more frequent bowel movements.
Senna Leaf Tea
Senna is a popular laxative that has been known historically to help stimulate the digestive muscles and promote bowel movements.
Consuming a cup of chamomile tea can help induce muscle relaxation, which can help induce the natural action of peristalsis within the gastrointestinal tract.
Similar to chamomile, the herbal plant peppermint has an antispasmodic inducing effect when consumed, which can also help to relax the muscles of the gastrointestinal tract and allow food to pass through easily.
You may be pleasantly surprised to have learned about the herbal tea remedies mentioned in this article and their equal effectiveness to many over-the-counter laxatives for relieving symptoms of constipation. However, please note that in cases of chronic constipation it is highly advisable to seek emergency hospital care to avoid serious illness.
Our Final Say
Herbal teas are just one of mother nature’s many great gifts that we can turn to for improving our health. Green tea, particularly, has been well known to help with promoting bowel movements and dealing with persistent constipation.
As always though, be sure to consult with your doctor or primary medical physician prior to taking any of the natural remedies, herbs or general advice given in this article. This information is for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.