Benefits of Green Tea on Gut HealthWednesday Apr 22, 2020
What is Dalgona Coffee?By now you’ve probably seen or heard about Dalgona coffee. It’s a Korean whipped coffee drink that’s taken the internet by storm. However, as much as we all love coffee, green tea is a great replacement and also known for being a great contributor to overall gut microbiome health.
Gut Health Benefits of Green TeaThere are many antioxidant benefits of green tea and the overall health benefits of green tea have been studied for decades (Sipping on green tea has been shown to decrease fat accumulation in cells, for example) but what is coming to light in recent scientific research is how green tea affects the health of your gut. No surprise here! It’s good for it.
1. Stimulates “Friendly” Bacteria
A study done on healthy participants showed that just 10 days of green tea consumption showed stimulation of beneficial bacteria like Lactobacillus species. A large portion of our probiotic repository is made up of these strains. They help us do things like break down food, absorb nutrients, and fight off bacterial infections.
2. Prevents Growth of Disease-Causing Bacteria
Green tea can also inhibit bacteria like Clostridium species, which can cause Gastroenteritis, soft-tissue infections, tetanus, and other diseases.
3. Increase in Gut Microbe Diversity
Studies show that a diverse collection of microbes in our gut can help our microbiomes perform better.* Let’s say that one of your microbes was unable to fulfill a job like producing vitamin K, which is needed for blood clotting after a tissue injury, your gut will have another microbe that can step in and help aid the function.
So whether it’s hot or cold, strong or mild, know that you’re helping your gut when you take your next sip of yummy green tea. If you’re looking to try out a Dalgona coffee, but want to opt for a green tea version, check out Proportional Plate’s Dalgona Matcha Latte recipe!
*Curious about your gut microbe diversity? Take one of our gut tests and learn more about your gut health.