A Delight to Digestion
It seems that in the last decade or so, chaga tea has taken the herbal world by storm. In just a short time, this mushroom has gone from being a Siberian secret to today’s herbal tea of choice. Yet what we may be just now discovering has been a well-known and respected throughout Asia for thousands of years. Siberian folk medicine and Chinese herbalism both regarded chaga mushrooms as a source of longevity and good health in many areas, one of which, naturally, was digestion. Modern studies into chaga have shown that this herbal tea can, in fact, be extremely beneficial for the digestive system.
The Effect of Poor Digestion
Digestive issues are incredibly common, and one of the most underestimated physical ailments. Because it is so commonplace, many people write off poor digestion as ‘normal’, and tend to ignore it or simply mask symptoms with over-the-counter medication. However, even a simple stomachache can be dangerous if it is reoccurring. An unhealthy digestive system can lead to a lack of nutrients due to poor absorption. This can affect the metabolism, which may have an impact on energy levels, and can have other long-term consequences. Poor digestion also adds to physical and mental stress. More worrisome, however, is the fact that poor digestion could be related to other, much more serious health issues. Individuals suffering from ongoing digestive issues should discuss it with their physician as soon as possible.
The Digestive Benefits of Chaga Tea
For those in search of a natural way to protect and support their healthy digestive function, chaga tea has much to offer. Its anti-inflammatory effects are useful for helping to alleviate inflammation in the stomach or intestines, which could otherwise impede digestion and limit nutrient absorption. Chaga tea also helps to stimulate the liver, prompting it to create digestive bile. This helps the digestive system to better break down foods, especially proteins. Chaga also contains beneficial constituents important for digestion, including manganese, thiamin and digestive enzymes, and is a natural source of dietary fiber. Finally, the betulinic acid and phytosterols found in chaga tea can get rid of parasitic worms that dwell in the digestive system, and may help to eliminate Helicobacter pylori, a type of bacteria found in the stomach that contributes to ulcers.