Caffeine isn’t so great for your guts if you’ve got Crohn’s Disease or any other inflammatory bowel disease… gives you the liquoops and makes things feel a little too intense in your midsection. This article outlines some issues associated with caffeine, especially causing a laxative effect and being quite acidic – doesn’t make your guts feel too good. What I found interesting is that caffeine increases your stress hormone levels which actually divert blood from your digestive system! Yikes!
For years I had noticed that caffeine and I didn’t get along – if I had black tea or a coffee, it would actually cause a red flushing of my face, which in Chinese medicine is called Liver Yang and relates to your liver function (under a lot of pressure from all my meds anyway), a leaky gut or digestive issue – BINGO! Ticking all boxes here! Caffeine would also stimulate me – and not in that “I-am-functioning-at-the speed-of-light” type of stimulation that gets you through the day and makes you uber efficient, but it would make me have the runs… Never a good option for someone with Crohn’s who already has pooping issues! Plus, people with bowel problems should avoid drinking anything with a diuretic effect at all costs, I mean, we are already not absorbing vitamins and other vital elements through our guts, do we want to add dehydration to the mix?
I’ve found this amazingly delicious herbal tea that makes you feel fabulous and gives you that wonderful warm fuzzy feeling inside called Husk that is caffeine free and organic. You can buy it at David Jones Food Hall in the City, at Thomas Dux in Paddington or online at http://www.husk.com.au (although, it’s more expensive online…go figure!). My favourite flavours are found in the following combinations:
1) Digest (Yes! They have designed a combo to make your guts feel great!): peppermint, licorice root and chamomile flowers
2) Revive (Yes! They have designed a combo to make me feel refreshed!): tea tree, lemon myrtle, lemongrass and apple.
3) Harmony (Yes! They have designed a combo to make me feel balanced!): cinnamon, lemon balm, rosehip, apples, cloves, ginger and cardamon.
You can also find their other combos called Calma and Dream which are also beautiful, but those above are my top 3 picks. A great warm drink alternative to coffee or black tea that is good for you. Make the transition slowly – I know stepping away from your cuppa coffee or tea fix is a challenge! If you’re feeling that caffeine is a bit too much for your guts to handle, then Husk may be your answer.
And in the meantime, if you too are experiencing red flushing in your face after consuming something that your body is not happy with, some things that can help reduce this is avoiding those trigger foods. Keep a food diary and keep track of what your body reacts to. Also, upping your water intake (I drink about 3 litres of water a day – the first week of increasing your water you will pee like a dog marking it’s territory every 15 seconds! But then slowly your body will get used to it and the frequency will decrease) will help eliminate any toxins in the liver. Eating ‘cooling’ foods such as cucumbers and pears will help as well. Check out this website for more details:
And of course, a visit to a Chinese herbalist or acupuncturist will do wonders as well. Enjoy keeping warm the RIGHT WAY this winter, not through face flushing or drinking caffeinated drinks xx