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Green Tea and Your Gut

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 29, 2016 7:54:05 PM / by Winter Ninivaggi

Green Tea and Your Gut

How to make sure you are receiving all the benefits from green tea. We love green tea. At least I do (it's Winter). A warm cup of green tea in the morning got me through my days during the HCG diet and I always throw a tea bag into my water.

It gives you a morning burst of energy to start your day, boosts your metabolism and acts as a powerful antioxidant. Green tea is the best and tastes great too! My favorite is green tea with real matcha powder, it's delicious!

It is also great for your gut and we love all things good for the gut. The main compound in green tea (EGCG) potently inhibits myeloperoxidase which is an inflammatory enzyme released by the white blood cells during inflammation. Scientists found that EGC may actually mitigate IBD flare ups by inhibiting this enzyme.

So what could possibly ruin the benefits associated with green tea? It is actually iron. This is ironic because iron is a necessity for our bodies.

But don't worry, you shouldn't stop consuming either of the two, just not together, says one study.

Green tea along with iron can lessen the beneficial effects of green tea.

What happens is the main compound in green tea binds to the iron and when this happens the green tea loses its antioxidant potential.It also loses its ability to inhibit the myeloperoxidase enzyme. 

So keep drinking, just not with iron-rich foods, such as red meat or dark leafy greens like kale or spinach, or supplements if you are looking for more then just the taste.

If you are suffering with IBD, Dr. G starts with getting the gut back on track and regulating the microbiome and works with you to find out which foods you have an allergy or sensitivity. She guides you to create a  new diet without those inflammatory foods.

Good gut probiotics can also be used to regulate the intestinal microbiome which is the hub for the rest of your body's health.

So finish a nice tall glass of green tea, but not with your spinach.

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Winter Ninivaggi

Written by Winter Ninivaggi

Isadora Guggenheim, ND, FNP, RN, MS, CNS, LMT, owner of Second Nature Naturopathic Care, LLC
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