I think it’s the tea…

coffee-tea_2So, I’ve mentioned once or twice that I’m having difficulties with my digestive system — problems enough that I’ve ended up in the emergency room once or twice.  The other day, I was sipping on my iced tea and it occurred to me… I wonder if it’s the tea? I mean, I can’t think of why tea would make my stomach feel like someone’s trying to carve their way out with a very sharp knife when I can drink coffee with impunity, but hey, stranger things have been known to happen. So, I stopped drinking tea for a week.  Guess what? The pains stopped.  Just to test this hypothesis out further, (and because my husband, being the thoughtful person he is, bought two gallons of my favorite brand of iced tea) I started drinking it again — in very small doses.  Yeah, my stomach started hurting again.

magic beansCould it be a coincidence? Of course it could.  I can’t even think what might be in the tea that’s making my stomach hurt. All I know is that if I don’t drink the tea, the really bad, stabby pains in my body go away (mostly).  If I drink tea, I get the pains back. I don’t know why or how.  I’m not a doctor, and I don’t play one on TV.  It doesn’t make sense to me at all. I mean it’s ordinary black tea — unsweetened. Must be something unique to tea. I dunno. Our bodies are weird, and we don’t even know how they work.

This isn’t to say that tea is the be all and end all of the pains I’ve been having. Not by a long shot.  If I eat too many fatty foods or too much sugar, I also feel pretty awful, but not nearly as awful as when I drink a small glass of tea. Y’all have to remember, I didn’t start drinking tea regularly until a few months ago when I gave up the Diet Coke and replaced it with tea.  Ah well, it is what it is.  This was kind of a grumbly rant.  I didn’t much care for tea anyway.  But it does severely limit what I can drink. Now I guess it’s gotta be coffee and water.

Don’t tell me my body doesn’t hate me. I won’t believe you.

5 thoughts on “I think it’s the tea…

  1. Embeecee

    So you had roughly the same reaction to coffee? It might be the caffeine, which is in black tea in equal or even greater quantities than coffee or colas. I like Marilyn’s idea that tannic acid may be the culprit. At least you’ve got a bead on the source of the discomfort…and that’s marvelous!!


    1. Willow Post author

      Nah, I can drink coffee all day and night with no problem… at least that’s what I am going to keep telling myself because I ain’t gonna give up the bean… No way, no how.



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