How Do Tea Laxatives Work?

By Subodh / October 18, 2014

Tea is a staple for many of you and we all love our hot and warm cup of tea each day when served with love and tender care. However, tea also has many benefits for the body and most often these have been neglected since tea has been a part of a daily diet for so long that we almost take it for granted. With the change in perspective and attitude towards health and daily foods that we all consume, the benefits and advantages of tea are being revisited.

What Is A Tea Laxative Or A Laxative?

Laxative is referred to any food substance, compound or food that helps improve and enhance bowel movements. These are used to treat many ailments of the stomach and treat digestive problems. Some of the common tea laxatives are licorice root, dandelion, and fo-ti roots and flowers that help detox the body and liver’s healthy function. Tea are also loaded with laxatives like, ginger and rhubarb help reduce cramping and discomfort in the stomach and improve the digestive system.

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How Do Tea Laxatives Work?

Tea, usually herbal or green tea is known to work wonders for people who suffer from common stomach problems and digestive ailments. Tea has all the natural constituents that have proven to be beneficial for efficient bowel movements, clear the intestine of extra mucus and ease the movement of food along the digestive tract and improve absorption as and when needed.

Most of these active ingredients either stimulate the cells that aid in movement or work with the other organs that are vital to healthy stomach bowel movements, and at the same time improve and aid in the digestive process.

Many of these are known to stimulate the intestinal wall’s nerve plexus which in turn help the muscles to squeeze and help relieve the body of stool and deal with constipation one might be suffering from.

At the same time, these constituents also provide much needed stimulation to some of the hormone producing glands which helps improve digestion and enhance and improve bowel movements.

The mucus on the walls is important to ensure proper movement and absorption of nutrients from the food, but at times it is not possible due to unwanted deposition on the intestinal tract. Tea also helps control diarrhea by improving the absorption of water through the intestinal walls by getting rid of unwanted deposit on the walls of the intestine that might be hampering the process.
There is, however things and places where one has to be cautious and ensure that the tea is not meant to help in any manner that people might claim.

Please note that tea and its laxative properties in no way should lay claim on and advertise that:

  • It will help lose weight by burning the fat faster and more efficiently, that is not what laxatives work for and with
  • Avoid any tea that has artificial additives, flavours, preserving agents or colours or substances of any kind. These would do more harm than good for the body. The chemicals in this tea will hamper and minimize the good effect of having herbal tea.

Home Recipe For Tea

If you feel that the tea is not working from you, you can try a tea recipe at home as well. Take a cup of water and add freshly sliced or grated ginger, dandelion root and fennel and all other active ingredients to it and boil it to get an extract. Once boiled properly you can sieve the mixture and consume it as regular tea. If the flavour is not to your liking, you can add a spoon of honey to add taste and flavour.

Be Careful And Avoid Excessive Use

If the tea works as a good laxative, it can also impact you in an adverse manner if you over do the daily consumption of the tea. It can lead to constipation and cause ulcers in the digestive system and tract. Also, make sure that you read the label carefully before you buy the tea and avoid it if it has any substances that can cause an allergy. If you are undergoing any kind of treatment or are pregnant, take advice from your doctor before consumption to avoid any kind of side effects.