Why do I sometimes get sick to my stomach after drinking green tea??

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  1. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image96
    Wesman Todd Shawposted 8 years ago

    Why do I sometimes get sick to my stomach after drinking green tea??

  2. RDSPhD profile image60
    RDSPhDposted 8 years ago

    There are unfortunately quite a number of people that do not seem to be able to drink tea (especially the green tea) without getting a sick stomach.

    Do you react the same when drinking wine, eating chocolate or eating fruits? What about drinking coffee? If yes then you're maybe allergic to one of the main ingredients of green tea (Catechin or Caffeine) if no then try brewing it only for 1-2 minutes in boiling hot water, then add a bit cold water and try drinking it again. Maybe that helps, it is also helpful to eat something before drinking tea or coffee!

  3. MickS profile image66
    MickSposted 8 years ago

    I don't know, I love it.
    Try it with mint and sugar the way it is drunk in Morocco.
    There is a story that you shouldn't use boiling water, the tea Nazis say it should be 85 c.  One thing I agree with them over is the brewing time, no more than 3 mins, I go for 2 - 3, green tea is very bitter if it's over brewed.

  4. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image96
    Wesman Todd Shawposted 8 years ago

    I love all kinds of green tea, but no, coffee or chocolate; or other teas. . . .none of those things do it.  Guess I'll have to ONLY drink it after eating something.  Thank you all for the answers.

  5. justom profile image62
    justomposted 8 years ago

    It's all the crap you've put your body through already. When you start trying to do healthy things your body just rejects them :-P

  6. agaglia profile image77
    agagliaposted 8 years ago

    Sometimes it is the way you make the tea. Green tea should not be made with boiling water - it scalds the tea and burns the essenses that emerge. Instead bring the water to just boiling. Let it cool a minute or two before pouring it over the green tea leaves.
    then steep for up to 5 minutes.  For many people, including myself, it is better to steep tea fewer minutes - say 1 to 3 instead of five.  the weaker brew seems just as healthy, but easier on my stomach.
    Also, what you have recently eaten before indulging in green tea may be reacting to the tea. Keep a journal of what and when you eat foods. this will help you be aware of what things make your stomach upset.  It may not even be the tea.

  7. Nadeeshan301 profile image71
    Nadeeshan301posted 8 years ago

    Green tea contains a chemical compound called caffeine (which is also found in coffee). Caffeine inhibits an enzyme called phosphodiesterase and leads to an increase in a intra-cellular messenger called cAMP. This is responsible for increasing the secretion of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. When the individual is susceptible to have gastritis or already having the disease (even in asymptomatic form) high levels of acid in the stomach causes irritation and formation of ulcers and therefore causes pain.
    If some one develops burning pain in upper abdomen with green tea that person is even more likely to develop the pain with coffee.
    The reason why most people can tolerate tea without this effect is that they are at a lower level of risk to develop gastritis.


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