If I drink tea (oolong, green, or black) without milk on an empty stomach I get pretty serious stomach acid problems, sometimes even to the point of having to throw up. I know having too much acid in your stomach can cause I variety of symptoms, and I'm pretty sure bloating is one of them. Adding a little bit of milk to my tea reduces the symptoms for me, but doesn't eliminate them entirely.
If I go too long without eating, I sometimes get gas (no idea why, but I do have a very wonky digestive system). I imagine if I tried to mask my hunger with a beverage, I'd get stomach distention in conjunction with the gas, which would be very uncomfortable indeed.
Fortunately, I don't allow myself to get too hungry often. Are you trying to avoid eating by drinking tea, or were you simply in a position where you could not access any food? If you're hungry, eat! Carry around some macadamia nuts or another healthful snack, if need be. The solution to your problem sounds very straightforward: do not drink tea without eating something with it. :)
Just a thought - you might be swallowing air. Make sure that the tea is not so hot that you can't put your top lip on it. A gastroenterologist pointed that out to me. People tend to slurp hot drinks and soups so that they ingest some air along with the beverage in order to cool it down. But it means they are taking in air.
Same goes for straws.
Thank all of u for ur gud & varied answers, owing to tum acid & related problems i have beeen off tea for 3 years, now ok i have started bk on tea (which i love) & i am getting the flatulance & bloatedness...so guess i have to adjust to it again perhaps ...i only have ONE cup daily.... thanks again eileen x
Green tea makes me really nauseous if I have it on an empty stomach- I have not found a very consistent scientific reason as to WHY (I don't have the same reaction to black or herbal teas), but there must be something about it that doesn't agree with a few of us.
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