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The Best Tea for Gut Health

by Kaitlynn Fenley

The best tea for gut health depends on the individual drinking the tea! Certain types of tea can help ease stress and anxiety, decrease inflammation, boost the body’s natural detoxification processes, restore a healthy gut lining, and strengthen your immune system. All of this helps to keep the gut microbiome balanced. Learn about my favorite gut health tea.

Very rarely do I not have tea with me. I drink tea all the time. 90% of the time, you’ll probably find me with some sort of green tea; I’m actually drinking some Sencha green tea right now as I write this blog.

Green tea contains antioxidant health benefits, but let’s be honest: my true love of green tea comes from the mild, gentle caffeine boost (without the digestive urgency, you know). I’m also a huge fan of herbal teas, especially for their health benefits.

I think it’s essential to go over types of tea first, then steps to making an informed decision about what tea brands to buy, then move into tea for gut health. In this post, I will focus on two types of tea: green tea and herbal tea. 

Best Tea for Gut Health: Types of Tea and Choosing a Brand

Green tea

All tea, besides herbal tea comes from the Camellia sinensis plant.

Black tea, white tea, and oolong teas also originate as the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant; they are just harvested at different times, and the leaves are rolled and dried in different ways. All teas from the Camellia sinensis plant contain caffeine.

Herbal tea

Herbal teas either consist of a single herb or a mix of single herbs that can be steeped as tea. Herbal teas don’t contain caffeine, but they can have a lot of health benefits.

By the way, I’m focusing only on green tea and herbal tea because I have the most experience and have done the most research on these types of tea.

Also, herbal tea is a vast tea category, and it is the category that we should focus our energy on for gut health benefits. 

Choosing the Best Tea for Gut Health 

There are so many tea companies and types of tea in the world it can get a little overwhelming.

It’s best to find a brand of tea that lives up to healthy standards; then, you can safely shop for teas from that brand.

So here’s the breakdown of our top four considerations when choosing a brand of tea: 

Organic Tea for Gut Health

  • When exploring tea for health, it’s SO important to look for an organic tea brand. Tea can be quite a dirty crop, covered in pesticides.
  • Cheap, non-organic teas in the grocery store can be very high in pesticide residues. Make sure the tea is organic to avoid consuming pesticides.
  • I also like to make sure that the tea bag is unbleached.
  • Some tea may be classified as “wildcrafted” and not organic. This is also a great option and indicates that the ingredients were foraged and not farmed. 

Loose Leaf or Tea Bag?

  • If buying organic tea already in a tea bag, be sure it’s an unbleached organic tea bag. Bleached tea bags contain dioxin, a bleach byproduct absorbed by fat tissues and can be carcinogenic over time.
  • Loose-leaf teas are great if you have a tea strainer/steeper, but be sure the loose-leaf tea is certified organic too.

Flavors:

  • If tea has an unnatural name, then don’t drink it. Imaginatively flavored teas (think blueberry muffin, pina colada, chocolate, etc.) most likely have “natural flavors,” which isn’t always a good thing.
  • I look for teas that are only flavored with whole herbs. It’s good to ensure that only the whole herb’s names are in the ingredients list.

The Environment:

  • To keep having healthy microbiomes and living our healthiest lives, we must take care of the planet. As tea gains in popularity every year, it is essential to choose a tea brand that promotes and protects the environment’s health.
  • Most tea companies that attempt to give back to the environment to offset their impact will state something on their packaging. For instance, the tea brand we drink has a Tea for Trees campaign. They plant 5,000 trees each year in partnership with the National Forest Foundation. Also, their packaging is 100% recycled and recyclable. They really try to close the gap on their environmental impact.
a bag of chaga tea, a best tea for gut health, steeping in a clear tea cup

What is the Best Tea for Gut Health

Buddha Teas

Just so you all know, this is not a sponsored blog. I just really enjoy Buddha Teas. When searching for teas to help with various skin and health issues, I came across their brand.

First, I drank their Chaga Mushroom and Milk Thistle teas religiously. They helped regulate my hormones and skin problems after I quit birth control. Now, I drink their sencha green tea daily.

Anyways, let me reference the four “choosing a brand” requirements I discussed above and tell you why Buddha Teas meets all these requirements and then some.

First, their whole packaging system is recyclable or biodegradable. They only use unbleached tea bags that are heat-sealed without the use of harmful glues or binding agents.

All of their teas are 100% unaltered, organic, and wildcrafted. They never use “natural flavoring,” and their teas are only crafted from whole ingredients.

The fact that they plant 5,000 trees each year in partnership with the National Forest Foundation is beautiful. They created a tea brand that is a safe place to shop for teas, which is so wonderful. 

My Go-To Best Tea for Gut Health

I’ll break this into sections, so it’s easier to digest (haha, get it?)

This list covers vital categories of gut health and which of my favorite gut-healthy Buddha Teas can help with each.

This is not medical advice, and tea is not intended to cure, treat, or prevent diseases. Talk to your doctor about any medical conditions you have

Stress & Anxiety

Stress and anxiety can cause shifts in the microbiome, leading to an unbalanced population of microbes in the gut. This can cause problems like poor digestion, diarrhea, and inflammatory gut issues.

Certain herbs and teas can be a fantastic way to destress and protect the health of your gut microbiome. The best teas we’ve used to combat stress and anxiety are Turmeric and Ginger, Chamomile tea, Passionflower tea, and Valerian root tea.

These teas help with relaxation and focus and promote relaxation of the central nervous system. 

Detoxification Tea for Gut Health

It’s great to give your body some support in detoxification, aiding the body in its natural processes that remove toxins from the body.

The main way to help with detoxification is to promote liver and kidney health. The absolute best tea for this is the Zen Cleanse Buddha Tea. Other herbal teas to try are Dandelion, Milk Thistle, Divine Immunity Blend, elderberry, sage, oregano, and Calendula.

The Best Tea for Gut Health and Inflammation

Gut inflammation can be caused by pathogens, drinking alcohol, eating inflammatory foods, and even just day-to-day life.

Inflammation is terrible for the gut microbiome, and thankfully there are a lot of teas that contain anti-inflammatory compounds that can help to ease inflammation.

Some teas that definitely help relieve inflammation are Chaga, Turmeric and Ginger, Red Clover, and Echinacea Elderberry blend.

Gut Lining

If your body needs some support in healing your gut lining, some great teas help to repair and nourish the lining of the gut. They can even help with leaky gut syndrome: Marshmallow, Mint, and ginger.

Immune System

Having a robust immune system helps to keep your gut balanced. If your immune system is robust, you’re less likely to suffer detrimental symptoms that can affect gut health. Some great teas to boost immune function: Elderberry, Cranberry, Feverfew and lemongrass, Rose Hips, Astragalus, Chaga, Green Tea, and Alfalfa.   

Get The Best Tea for Gut Health

Certain types of tea can help ease stress and anxiety, decrease inflammation, boost the body’s natural detoxification processes, restore a healthy gut lining, and strengthen your immune system. All of this helps to keep the gut microbiome balanced.

You can find Buddha Teas on Amazon here.

Find gut-healthy fermented food recipes here.


Reference Material

Interactions of black tea polyphenols with human gut microbiota: implications for gut and cardiovascular health

Selenium-containing green tea has higher antioxidant and prebiotic activities than regular green tea

The potential influence of fruit polyphenols on colonic microflora and human gut health

The beneficial effects of tea on immune function and inflammation: a review of evidence from in vitro, animal, and human research

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Kaitlynn Fenley Author, Educator, Food Microbiologist
Kaitlynn is a food microbiologist and fermentation expert teaching people how to ferment foods and drinks at home.

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GT March 5, 2021 - 1:14 pm

Great information and teachings

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Gretchen Guzman December 25, 2021 - 5:14 pm

Which tea is best for leaky gut syndrome?

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Kaitlynn Fenley December 26, 2021 - 8:41 am

See the section titled “gut lining”

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