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02-08-2013, 10:03 AM   #1
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Crohns super tea?

My boyfriend is in Crohns remission and lately we've been focusing a lot on trying to keep it that way with diet (still on meds with no plans of stopping). He sweats all day at work and gets dehydrated very easily, and unfortunately just is one of those people who has a hard time sipping water all day. Normally he carries around a quart of a work out powder mix, but recently we've become a little weary about that and started brainstorming if there was a super healthy Crohns benefiting concoction we could come up with. I would love any suggestions/tips! We want to start juicing but are saving up for a juicer right now plus not sure it would stay well all day/be practical, so no juicing ideas please.

So far I've come up with the idea of making it a ginger base tea with fresh root, but then just read too much ginger can be bad for Crohns? How much is too much? Is a quart a day five days a week bad?

We've also found that Chia seeds do wonders for him, so I figured whatever we make I could add them in. Probably could sneak some turmeric in there without it being detected.

Any ideas?

Edit: I like the basic idea of this recipe, but would just forgo the fresh fruit to make it a tea and less like a smoothie. Anything I could add?
http://www.goodgirlgonegreen.com/rec...nger-green-tea
02-08-2013, 10:05 AM   #2
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Is he drinking the root or you just steep it in there? Ginger should be fine as long as the pieces aren't there.

Chia "mucus" should be safe to drink but I'd be afraid of the seeds.
02-08-2013, 10:17 AM   #3
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It would be just the steeped tea, no actual root in the final product. What exactly is Chia mucus?
02-08-2013, 10:22 AM   #4
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I've never heard of too much ginger--at least not in tea form, the root could be rough to eat large amounts of--and it is super tasty. I always simmer my ginger for at least 20 minutes to get all the flavor out, 5 minutes won't do it. I like adding not from concentrate lemon juice and a little honey, but a smidge of tumeric probably would go unnoticed.

I do need to experiment with chia drinks; the omegas, minerals, fiber and energy are something I think we all need. I wouldn't pay $4 for a store bought kombu-chia type drink, but I will brew it. Though, I'm not too sure drinking either kombucha or water kefir on a daily basis is a good idea. Every couple days, maybe. The acid has to mess with tooth enamel, copious amounts of the sugar alcohols produced may be problematic and the unique probiotics may or may not cause a slight imbalance if taken every day--just my observations.
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02-08-2013, 10:33 AM   #5
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Is it an unsettling strong tea or is it similar to ginger ale? It'll be my first experiment with it and I'm excited to run to the market soon today!

BF is still struggling to find the right balance of probiotics for him so I could see that being an issue.
02-08-2013, 10:41 AM   #6
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When chia is soaked it develops a gooey mucus like jello substance that can be drank.
02-08-2013, 11:03 AM   #7
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Right, okay! Yes that's what we do with it, I just wasn't sure if that was a kind of form to buy it. I've taken quite a liking to it myself, reminds me a lot of bubble tea!
02-08-2013, 11:36 AM   #8
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I haven't seen it available as just gel without the seeds in it. I have seen drinks with the seeds still in but id be scared.
02-08-2013, 01:08 PM   #9
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Congrats on finding the amazing chia seed. A shame more people don't experiment with it. Oh well.

Anyhow great tea for crohns would be something like ginger, turmeric, burdock, marshmallow(not that white stuff they sell in the candy section), slippery elm bark, fennel, peppermint, with black pepper to enhance the properties of some of the other herbs.
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