We all know that green tea is good for us… but did you know that green tea has some amazing benefits for your gut? If you’re struggling with Candida… don’t miss #2.
Here are 4 of the key benefits you could get if you start drinking green tea more regularly.
#1: IT FEEDS YOUR GOOD GUT BACTERIA
There has been so much research done lately on the gut microbiome (the community of bacteria living in your gut) and looking after your good gut bacteria is proving to be one of the most important things you can do to improve your health.
One of the best ways to keep these little critters happy, is to feed them with their favourite foods (aka – prebiotics).
So you’re telling me the bugs in my gut like green tea? Well, it’s not exactly green tea they like, but its high Polyphenol content (especially Catechins).
Polyphenols are not only powerful anti-oxidants (an amazing benefit on its own), but they also seem to act as a prebiotic, meaning that they increase the amount of healthy bacteria in the gut, such as Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria strains.
Green tea also decreases the number of ‘bad bacteria’, leaving you with a much healthier gut.
How much do you need to get those benefits? Around 300mg Catechins, equivalent to 5-6 cups daily.
However, Matcha green tea is much more concentrated, and you only need about ½ tsp/day, which is much easier to achieve.
#2: ANTIFUNGAL AND BIOFILM BUSTER
If you’ve been struggling with Candida for a while, you will know it’s not an easy one to get rid off.
Here is the great news… Green tea has showed in research to reduce the growth of Candida Albicans and prevent biofilm formation.
In one study, it showed a whopping 80% reduction on established biofilm!!!
If you don’t know about biofilm, it’s one of the reasons some bugs, like Candida, cab be so hard to get rid off. It’s like a little hiding place for them, where even potent anti-fungals can’t reach them. So this effect on the bio-film is very significant.
Candida is opportunistic, which means that it thrives if given the right environment.
Green tea is not only anti-fungal, but it also reduces the pH of your stools (that’s a good thing, as it encourages the growth of your good bacteria.. which will compete for space with less desirable bugs like Candida).
It has a similar antimicrobial and anti-biofilm effect on other undesirable bugs too, like E.coli and strep.
#3: TREATMENT AND PREVENTION OF HELICOBACTER PYLORI
Helicobacter Pylori can be really hard to eradicate.
Doctors usually prescribe a course of potent antibiotics called the ‘triple therapy’, which will actually kill most of your good gut bacteria as well… potentially creating more problems in the long run.
The great news is that there are tons of great natural options that really work, one of them being green tea. A combination approach is best when dealing with H.Pylori, so green tea on its own won’t be enough, but it’s a great added tool against H.Pylori.
#4 POWERFUL ANTIOXIDANT
Antioxidants are compounds that protect cells against the damaging effects of reactive oxygen species (aka – free radicals). People with gut health issues often have a high level of toxins in circulation (read more about gut issues and toxicity connection).
So protecting yourself with plenty of anti-oxidants is something you definitely want to consider, until your gut is in better shape.
IS GREEN TEA FOR EVERYONE?
Unfortunately, not everybody will be able to tolerate green tea… however, if that’s you, keep reading as I have some suggestions below.
You should be careful if:
- You suffer from insomnia (because of the caffeine content).
- You are sensitive to high oxalate foods or know you have Oxalate Toxicity (Candida overgrowth is stimulated by oxalates and you may therefore need to follow a low oxalate diet while treating Candida).
- You have a salicylate sensitivity (you tend to react to many fruits, vegetables, nuts, herbs, spices, honey, fragrances, etc)
- You tend to have a negative reaction to caffeine (jitteriness, anxiety, etc)
BEST WAYS TO ENJOY MORE GREEN TEA
I really enjoy my cup of Matcha latte every morning…. but there is lots of other ways you can have it.
Cookies, ice cream, bliss balls, you can add matcha to any of your favourite recipes. I use matcha in those raw walnut brownies.
What if you can’t drink green tea?
Don’t despair, you can still get the benefits with a decaffeinated supplement like this one.
Green tea increases the population of good gut bacteria, reduces the bad and protects you from free radical damages… sounds almost too good to be true.
And I’m not even talking about all of the other known benefits, as this would take me another few hours!