It has been two days that I found myself had acid reflux. I felt a sour taste going up along the esophagus to mouth. I thought a while what I have eaten and drunk these two days, the difference to two days ago it’s that I drank lots of green tea. But as a common sense, green tea is alkaline and it should neutralize the stomach acid instead of causing acid reflux. How can green tea cause acid reflux?
I searched and read some articles. Now I can confirm it’s green tea that cause my acid reflux. Green tea contain methylxanthines, methylxanthines will loosen a band of muscles called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), which normally form a tight seal to keeps stomach acid from splashing up into the esophagus. One study conducted in
Japan demonstrated that People who often drank green tea to have acid reflux up to 1.5 times as those who did not drink green tea.
By the way, I found an article of “How to Cure Acid Reflux with Green Tea” saying some benefits of green tea and it’s good to handle acid reflux. This is very wrong and my experience told me that green tea may cause acid reflux.
People who suffer stomach problems shouldn’t drink green tea or caffeinated drinks (Caffeine is one form of methylxanthines). Also don’t drink too much green tea/coffee too much one time even you never have a stomach problem before.