Updated: Jan 19
Healing a damaged gut takes time, patience and commitment. You might have to avoid common foods, like wheat and dairy, while also creating new habits that will heal and support your body. I created this tea because it's an easy way to get:
allergen-free protein (when you can't eat eggs or dairy)
prebiotics (to feed the good bacteria and create an optimal internal environment)
l-glutamine (an amino acid that's important for healing damaged intestinal lining)
phytonutrients (also feed the good bacteria and are antioxidants)
My preferred tea is a Chai Rooibos. The spices in chai mixes are commonly used in Chinese Medicine to warm and sooth the digestive tract, and it also tastes delicious and is caffeine free so you can enjoy any time of day. Other healing options are Throat Coat tea from Traditional Medicinals. It contains herbs like slippery elm and licorice, which coat and sooth an irritated gut. Black, green, and white teas are also full of healthy phytonutrients, so feel free to get your caffeine fix, too.
1 bag of tea
12+ oz boiling water
1 scoop or packet of collagen peptides/collagen protein
3 grams l-glutamine powder
*1/2-1 teaspoon inulin powder
Brew tea, then remove tea bag and stir in the powders. They should all dissolve easily. Add non-dairy creamer such as Milkademia (macadamia nut milk), and a few drops of sugar free stevia if you'd like.
I think the collagen peptides add a melted jello flavor to tea that I actually like. I'll have this tea for breakfast if I didn't get in enough protein, or before bed for a nice relaxing treat. It feels good to take care of your self and nourish your body!
* Note on inulin-if you have SIBO or easily get bloated, start slow with prebiotics like inulin with just 1/4 teaspoon, or leave out completely and talk to your holistic health care practitioner.
Do you have Leaky Gut?
Did you know I offer a lab test to patients to find out if you have leaky gut? The gut is the center of your being, it's the earth on which the rest grows. If you are suffering from chronic illness, fatigue, digestive issues, autoimmune conditions, and even depression or anxiety, it's important to get to the root of issue which is very often the gut. If you're a current or future patient, let me know if you'd like more info.