Remedy Eating Green Tea Leaves, Coffee Beans?
Hi Ted. I have so enjoyed your notes on earthclinic over the years, and I'd appreciate some feedback about eating green tea. Here's my story and the reason why I'm looking for feedback:
I've had ulcerative colitis for over a decade. Hospitalized twice. Spent over $20,000 on natural remedies and supplements. I have typically treated it with L-glutamine and avoiding caffeine. But, I've had more diarrhea the last few years....scar tissue? Two months ago I started taking a popular chlorophyll juice. About 1/2 inch in the bottom of a glass full of water right before bed. Wow! The first glass cleaned me out. But only the first glass... I then had half the normal trips to the bathroom!
I then somehow got turned on to cinnamon. Started taking two teaspoons a day. Wow!! For the first time in a decade I was getting solid/formed bowel movements!! But, I still had emergencies... Then, somehow, three days ago, I had this random thought: "If I cook veggies and drink only the juice, throwing the cooked veggies away, then I'm throwing away most of the nutrients. So, what about coffee and tea? Does brewing these things take them out of their natural nutritional balance???"
See, I love coffee and tea.....but they clean me out!! Had tea just last week and spent considerable time in the bathroom! Why does it do that? Is it the caffeine? I thought "What if I ate the ground beans instead of brewing them?!?" I concluded that if coffee caused irritation because only some nutrients were in the brew, then maybe there were actually nutrients in the grounds that balanced the coffee and stopped the irritation? Soooo, I ate one teaspoon of raw grounds. The result? Zero irritation! I felt great and had the calmest bowel in years! The next day I did a whole tablespoon of grounds. Again--perfect.
So, yesterday, I decided to try green tea. I cut open two bags and ate the tea raw. About 30 minutes later I had not only an increase in alertness but also a huge self confidence that lasted over 10 hours. I was still wide awake after a full days work! Typically, two bags of brewed tea sends me to the bathroom for about an hour.... Not this time.
Today, I repeated the experiment eating three teabags. Result? The calmest bowel I ever remember having. No irritation. No urge. No negative whatsoever. So Ted, the conundrum I'm having is that there is a bunch of misinformation on the Web about eating regular tea. Some people say that it isn't safe and should be brewed... Other people call it dung and that you should only eat whole leaves.... Still, other people say that if eating tea had benefits, then the Chinese would have never started brewing it... I don't know. All I know is that in 14 years, taking all the best supplements, reading all the research, etc... that NOTHING has had the impact on my body that eating coffee and tea has had these last four days! Yes, the chlorophyll and cinnamon have no doubt contributed......
I'm just speechless... because I can't drink coffee and tea.... but I can eat them??? Thank you for commenting on this!