By J. Paul Roe
Tea for Constipation. I'm sure you've heard about the multitude of benefits that come with drinking tea.
For centuries, the beverage has been enjoyed as both a refreshment and a medicinal drink by people the world over. After water, it's the most commonly enjoyed beverage on the planet.
True tea is made using the cured leaves of the tea plant (Camellia Sinensis) by steeping them in water. The result is a drink that is known for its positive health benefits, ranging from cancer prevention to lowered blood pressure.
Herbal teas are generally made without using tea leaves. It involves steeping herbs or fruits. You'll commonly find rose hip, chamomile, lavender and rooibos being used in herbal teas.
Along with providing a myriad of heath benefits, tea is also known to provide relief for constipation sufferers. Besides the tea effect, just drinking hot or warm water can have a laxative effect.
There are thousands of tea varieties to choose from, but a select few are considered the best choice for addressing slow bowels or blockages:
As with any holistic treatment, not every avenue works for every person. It's important to consult a physician before experimenting, because some herbal remedies carry drug interactions or side effects that might complicate a medical condition.
That being said, there are a few negatives to consider when deciding to use black, green or herbal teas to fight constipation:
Many of these negative side effects can be avoided by drinking herbal teas sparingly and keeping dosages of holistic remedies to a minimal.
While it is possible to minimize the negative side effects of tea and infusions, it is worthwhile to consider other natural remedies that gets the job done without the above mentioned risks.
This is best accomplished by finding a naturally-occurring supplement, such as magnesium, that combats hardened stool and is safe to take over long periods of time.
Just like drinking tea, supplementing your diet with this mineral (80% of Americans don't get enough magnesium from their diet alone) has additional health benefits.
Most importantly for constipation sufferers, magnesium promotes healthy bowel movements by drawing water into the intestines, which softens and moistens the stool.
This gentle laxative effect doesn't cause cramping, unlike that of stimulants and irritants.
As long as it is not overdone, or one drinks extra water to stave off dehydration, tea for constipation can certainly be helpful.
Simply be wary of the side effects and remember that some tea for constipation treatments are only temporary solutions (you don't want to drink Clove tea on a regular basis!)
If you find constipation to be a frequent issue, be sure to
drink plenty of water and pick up a long-term solution containing magnesium. Since magnesium may be taken as a
daily supplement, it may be just what is needed to break the constipation cycle for good.