Crohn’s disease seven years ago, so I’ve dealt with more than my fair share of plumbing issues: stomach pain, bloating, constipation, urgency, you name it. So it should come as no surprise that I’m the first in line to try any natural remedy that promises gut health.
I’ve learned the hard way that listening to your gut is more than just tapping into your intuition. When my stomach balloons, I get an eczema flare-up, or I’m on an emotional rollercoaster, I go straight to the source—you guessed it, my gut.
Bottom line: If your overall health and wellbeing were a movie, your gut would be the leading lady. So when I got word that consuming green tea extract is the new holy grail to keeping your gut health in check, I had to get to the bottom of it. I asked Dr.
Erin Hendriks, board-certified physician and functional medicine practitioner at Salvo Health, to weigh in on the latest gut health trend. She helps break down what it is, its benefits, and how we can get in on it.
Whether you’re looking to heal symptoms too or just want to be in the know on how to keep your gut happy, keep reading as we spill the tea (literally). According to a new study by the Current Developments in Nutrition, consuming 1g of green tea extract on a daily basis is proven to reduce blood sugar levels and gut inflammation. Richard Bruno, author of the study and Professor of Human Nutrition at The Ohio State University, explained the findings of the clinical trial: “What this tells us is that within one month, we’re able to lower blood glucose in both people with metabolic syndrome and healthy people, and the lowering of blood glucose appears to be related to decreasing leaky gut and decreasing gut inflammation–regardless of health status.” But why
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