Rooibos Tea for Heartburn Relief

by Causes and Remedies

Rooibos tea is often referred to in the alternative medicine field as a wonder tea

It is an all natural remedy that does not contain added colorants, caffeine, or preservatives. What makes this herb stand out are the variety of ailments that it can treat including insomnia, stress reduction, and the relieving of stomach and digestive disorders such as heartburn.

One of the major causes of acid reflux is overeating during meals. Fortunately, rooibos is also a great herbal remedy that can be used as an appetite suppressant. For those of you that are suffering from nighttime heartburn, you might want to consider taking a cup of rooibos tea closer to the evening to help you suppress your after dinner cravings for an evening snack.

Stress can also cause an increase in stomach acid production leading to an increased risk of acid reflux. Rooibos is often prescribed as a remedy to help soothe the nerves and to reduce stress. Less stress means a lower risk of acid reflux for you.

If you often experience digestive problems after eating which are contributing to your heartburn, rooibos can also serve as an antispasmodic to relieve cramping and an upset stomach. A happy stomach will likely mean a decreased chance of suffering from painful acid reflux episodes.

Rooibos is also perfect for acid reflux sufferers because it contains zero caffeine

Caffeine may relax your lower esophageal sphincter – LES (the valve that connects your esophagus to your stomach) which may lead to an increase in acid reflux. No caffeine also means that you can take rooibos tea closer to the evening without worrying about it keeping you up at night. Another added benefit of rooibos is that it can also be used to treat insomnia and other sleeping disorders. Getting a good night’s sleep is essential for your body to repair any damage to the sensitive lining of your esophagus due to heartburn.

Rooibos is packed with a ton of essential minerals such as iron, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese, calcium, and magnesium. Not only that, but it also contains more antioxidants (antioxidants are essential in suppressing abnormal cell growth and reducing DNA damage) than 22 of the leading antioxidant rich fruits and vegetables according to the USDA.

Most teas also contain high levels of tannins, which can cause a decrease in the absorption of certain essential nutrients including protein and iron. However, rooibos tea contains very low tannin levels. As an added bonus, a low tannin level means that this tea will not be bitter when you drink it.

The preparation of rooibos tea is quite simple:

Typically, you’ll want to add one teaspoon of loose leaf rooibos to one cup of boiling water. Let the tea steep for at least four minutes, strain if desired, and drink when at a comfortable temperature. The tea will have a slightly nutty flavor but if the tea still tastes too bitter, you can also add honey or a dash of lemon. Now if you prefer a stronger blend, you can try 2 to 3 teaspoons of loose leaf rooibos per one cup of boiling water. However as with any herbal remedy, start with one cup of rooibos tea to help your acid reflux related symptoms first. If the rooibos tea appears to be working, you can increase your consumption to a maximum of three cups per day.

Rooibos is often sold at your favorite local health store under the name Red Bush Tea or just as Red Tea

It can be found as loose leaf, in individual tea bags, as a highly concentrated powered, or as a blended prepackaged drink. You’ll specifically want to find the red leaved rooibos in an unflavored form. That way, you can add your other favorite heartburn relieving ingredients to the tea such as licorice, as needed.

With all the benefits of rooibos tea, you might be wondering what sort of side effects it might have. Currently, the effects of rooibos have not been scientifically studied on humans. However in the alternative medicine world, rooibos is considered safe with no known side effects or drug interactions.

If you would like to read a more thorough description of various circumstances that lead to heartburn, as well as different holistic treatment methods, you can download the Heartburn no More e-book with over 150 pages of great information.

Causes and Remedies Quick Tip Summary:

  • Rooibos tea can treat a variety of ailments including insomnia, stress, and digestive disorders such as heartburn.
  • Overeating is a major cause of acid reflux. Rooibos can also be used to help suppress your appetite.
  • Rooibos contains zero caffeine which means that you can take it closer to bedtime without fears that it will keep you up all night.
  • Rooibos contains more antioxidants than 22 of the leading antioxidant rich fruits and vegetables.
  • Combine one teaspoon of loose leaf rooibos tea per one cup of boiling water.
  • In the alternative medicine world, rooibos is considered safe with no known side effects or drug interactions.

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