Tea and LBM: bet you didn't know, too

My mom and I always argue about this. She keeps on drinking tea when she feels that she has a problem with her bowel movement. She insists that tea relieves the diarrhea. She said it's like common knowledge. Hello? That's like mixing oil and water or drinking aspirin when you have a virus (..wait that's another story).

Let me get this straight. Caffeine in tea only makes your LBM symptoms worse. This is because caffeine's action is like a diuretic. It makes you pee more. Try to remember the time you last drank Coke. You kept peeing almost every 15 to 30 minutes, right? Same with tea..When you have LBM, you tend to lose fluids and electrolytes. So if you drink tea during this diarrhea episode, then you would lose more electrolytes making it worse than when it began.

I really don't know how my mom cures herself by this. Maybe it's psychological.

What you have to do is eat foods or drink fluids that can replenish your lost electrolytes. (Like bananas).Also, avoid oily foods or other foods that might irritate your digestive system. If it's possible, try not using drugs to stop diarrhea.

What gives me the authority to write these things? I'm a nurse.
(What...nurse?...kcatwoman?.. I told you I'm human too.)

8 comments:

Jake Tornado said...

Whoa! You're a nurse! Your kind is a fast becoming a rare "commodity". Europe and America are running after you. Cheers!

Joy-Anne said...

thanks for informing us nurse Kcat.

posh_post said...

hi! hmmm...yeah, my parents also take black tea whenever they have symptoms of stomach problems. as for me, i noticed that when i drink coffee in the morning, i have the urge for bowel movement. now that i am pregnant and have shut off coffee, i am having trouble doing my regular thing. sometimes, i do take a cup, and after a while, i find myself sitting in the john. :-)

kcatwoman said...

@ poshpost: try drinking pineapple juice or goji or any drink that has fiber to help you with p**ping. coffee just isn't the best beverage. okie.thanks for the comment

RONeiluke, RN said...

woohoo..mabuhay ang mga nurses..hehe! well, iba rin ang effects ng psychological factors when it comes to managing illnesses...

when i was in first year college our CI's thought us that the diet regimen for px with diarrhea was the BRAT... T-stands for tea... buti na lang nabago na nila yun..hehehe!

peace out!

kcatwoman said...

@ ronieluke

Yeah, 'T' in B-R-A-T, now stands for toast

Pastilan said...

Coffee worsens LBM because of the caffeine in it. Tea has caffeine too but because of some of its components, which in some way or another alter the effect of caffeine on the bowel, it is not as bad as coffee for someone who has LBM. My mother used to give me black tea when I was a kid in times when my stomach acted badly. The black tea is somewhat effective in helping my stomach. Of course tea could hasten dehydration because it is diuretic but in some cases it could help. I am not a nurse nor a doctor, I just read a lot about things that interest me and it happens that medicine is one of my interests. There are still many things that could not be explained by modern medicine.

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