Green Tea For Constipation

Does Green Tea Help With Constipation?

Constipation is a rather common condition that almost everyone has experienced it at one point or another. When it happens, your bowel movements occur less often than normal. What is “normal” is different from people to people. Some people have them twice a day, while others have them every other day.

While constipation is usually not something to worry about if it happens once in a while, being constipated does make you feel uncomfortable. If you go more than 3 days without bowel movements, your stool’s water content is gradually absorbed by the colon making your stool harder and more difficult to pass.

While there are medications for constipation available over the counter, many people turn to green tea for constipation remedy.

Green Tea Reduces Stress

Some people suffer from constipation when they are under stress. Green tea contains an amino acid component known as theanine. Researches have found that this chemical can increase the dopamine levels in the human body. Dopamine is your body’s “feel good” chemical that keeps you motivated and makes you feel good. Therefore, green tea can reduce your stress and ease your anxiety.

Green Tea Increases Fluid Intake

A common reason for constipation is not drinking enough fluid. Water is the best fluid to keep you hydrated. However, some people don’t like to drink water because they think water is “tasteless”.

Most types of green tea offer a light, fresh and a bit grassy taste. some may even have a bit of sweetness to them. When you drink green tea, you increase your fluid intake. If you’re new to drinking green tea, it may take a little time to get used to the taste.

Green Tea Promotes Growth of Intestinal Bacteria

One of the health benefits of green tea is its ability to promote the proliferation of bacteria in your intestines. Not all bacteria are bad. Some types of bacteria can help with digestion and metabolism. Researches have shown that the polyphenols in tea can promote the growth of these good intestinal bacteria. These bacteria improve your digestive health and help with issues such as constipation.

Drinking Green Tea For Constipation

If you’re not a regular tea drinker and you often suffer from constipation, you can add green tea to your daily diet by drinking just one to two cups of freshly brewed green tea daily. A cup of warm green tea will relax your colon muscle and encourage the bowel to move. You should try to avoid green tea in a can or sweetened green tea.

Besides green tea, chamomile tea and cardamom tea can also help stimulate digestion. Keep in mind that these natural remedies for constipation are not absolute cure. All they do is to relieve some of the symptoms and help you speed up the healing process of your digestive system.

If your constipation symptoms persist or you experience abdominal pain along with the constipation, you may want to pay a visit to your doctor, constipation or irregular bowel movement could be a symptom of colon cancer.

19 thoughts on “Does Green Tea Help With Constipation?

  1. Hi my name is Alexcia Bell well my little girl is 3 yrs old she been trying to go bout a week now I drink tea to relax my stress as well is ok to give a small child green tea or what else can I do beside given her green tea I try every thing

    1. Hi Alexcia,

      Even though there aren’t many studies on effects of green tea on small children, you should know that green tea contains caffeine, which may cause a number of side effects in children. If you really want to give green tea to your little girl, try unsweetened decaf green tea. However, I think you should take your daughter to her doctor for a medical evaluation.

  2. I have tried green tea for my chronic constipation problem and it really helped to a very large extent. However, couldn’t drink more than a cup of green tea daily.

      1. Many people have found it helpful. Try drinking a cup of green tea in the morning and another cup in the afternoon.

    1. Same with me! I suffered from constipation for 10 years – too mich coffee. Once I stopped drinking coffee, and switch to green tea, i am regular. MIRACLE!

  3. I’m at the moment having a problem. I’m only 35. & I’m constipated. Since 4 days ago. I tried everything! But nothing helps.
    This is killing me. I’m afraid to eat anymore.
    Ive went to doctor & she ordered me a ultrasound on my abdominal.
    Here lately. I only go to bathroom after I take laxatives or drink prune juice. Nothing comes out but looks like tiny bits of weird color like. Could my food. Not be digesting right? My husband thinks it could be parasites. Idk. I’m feeling weak & hopeless.
    I wanna be able be back on track! Plse HELP!!

    1. I’m sorry to hear that. Did your doctor find out why you’re having this problem? Have you tried drinking a cup (or two) of green tea a day?

    2. Hi Jenn. I just read your post about constipation. What did they find out was wrong? I’m having the same issues right now. Going for an MRI tomorrow of my abdomen & pelvic.

  4. I have been suffer from chronic constipation .I have already consulted many doctors .none of them cure it. Can you help me out? .

      1. Yes they suspect that I have major digestion problem as they prescribe many test such as endoscopy ,colonoscopy. But the tests r normal.can I take green tea.?? Is it helpful for my chronic constipation

        1. If your doctors didn’t find anything wrong with your health, you might want to give green tea a try. Drink in moderation though. Maybe start with a cup in the morning and a cup in the afternoon. Just keep in mind that green tea isn’t some magic potion so it might take a while for you to see any effect. Also, make sure that you drink plenty of water during the day. Hope this helps.

  5. Hi im suffering from constipation badly affecting my skin n health.always tired n dizzing stomach is hard tried senekots and drinkin lemon water…stools are still hard and struggling pass out.
    From sam

    1. Are you drinking enough water throughout the day? Also, I find that drinking two tall glasses of water as soon as you get up really helps.

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