by Rebecca Domorev January 09, 2022 2 min read
Let's remove the requirement to be delicate.
You're finding it hard to poop.
All that downtown effort? Zero return on investment.
You're not alone.
Almost everyone experiences constipation at some point in their lives.
(Note: constipation is defined as having three or fewer bowel movements in one week.)
In USA, chronic constipation affects 16% of the general population and one third of adults over the age of 60.
The good news is that a little push from nature may be enough to relieve the strain.
The better news is that tea can help!
Of course, eating more fruit, vegetables, and wholegrains, is a great way to lighten the load, as is exercise, drinking water, and listening to John Farnham's greatest hit "Pressure Down" (only Aussies will get that one).
So how does tea help you poop?
Professor of gastroenterology and nutrition sciences at Michigan Medicine, William Chey, MD, cites caffeine in tea as the magic behind what helps you go.
"Caffeine serves as a stimulant for bowel contractions or motility," Dr. Chey says. "That's why a lot of people say that they move their bowels after having their cup of coffee or cup of tea in the morning."
Some time ago, I noticed this phenomenon, quite unintentionally, and to be perfectly honest, I was not impressed.
You see, every morning, before the world awakes and invades my space, I spend one blissfully uninterrupted hour over a cup of Lady Betty black tea.
After a while, I started to notice a pattern. Not long after I finished a cup of my favourite black tea, it happened. And again. And again.
I had to go.
My sacred hour was interrupted.
My black tea bestie Betty was to blame.
I have to admit, I had to wonder if this "effect" was part of the reason Lady Betty sold so well (apart from the fact it tastes amazing).
If your morning poop is a welcome event and not a terrible interruption, here's a couple of teas to activate the giant within.
Remember, caffeine in tea is your pooping friend.
Herbal teas don't contain caffeine, so let's leave them to do other important tasks, like support sleep.
Black tea is the tea that tends to have the highest level caffeine, with 47 milligrams of caffeine in an 8-ounce cup.
Green tea, not far behind, has a caffeine kick too. The fresher the harvest, the more potent the kick (that's a story for another day).
And both with a healthy dose of caffeine, it can be all that's needed to activate systems and help you go.
by Rebecca Domorev April 22, 2022 2 min read
You're closing in on the start of your day and feel like you already need a break.
Conversations out loud with small people buzzing at your feet.
Conversations in your head with big people who are most certainly wrong.
You've sorted them all out. You don't feel any better for it.
Where did all the energy go?
by Rebecca Domorev April 09, 2022 1 min read
You've probably noticed how your day flows better when you start with a cup of tea.
Time for yourself. A moment of clarity.
Your morning cup sets you on a good path for the rest of the day.
Combine that with a mid morning cuppa, early, late afternoon sips and an evening herbal and your day is broken into approachable chunks of time.
It's no secret that habits form the basis of success, and a day built around habitual cups of tea creates a perfect framework to organise your day.
by Rebecca Domorev March 25, 2022 2 min read
If you're just as excited as we were that this could even be a thing, hold on to your knickers, this white tea party is just getting started.
Remember how white tea is jam-packed with antioxidants and supports skin elasticity?
And how can we forget about theanine, that magical amino acid in white tea that gives you a massive mood boost?
Well, what if we added some lemon, a little honey, and GIN?
Get all the latest tea updates on Tielka's beautiful organic tea collection.