While herbal teas are safe to drink while taking medications, drinking coffee is of great concern and you probably were not warned of this by your doctor either. The reason is that majority of medical doctors are not trained in herbal medicine nor nutrition. Therefore most of them assume that herbal teas, herbal and nutritional supplements interact with their patients medications. On the other hand many medications deplete body of nutrients like a contraceptive pill for example or decrease absorption all together like Nexium. Coffee is also acidifying and diuretic too.
A comprehensive Natural Medicine Data Base is available online to all professionals in the health industry, by payed subscription, which provides a comprehensive information on interactions between medications, herbs, commercial products and food.
Every naturopath is trained for 5 years at a University or at a College and so subscribes to such data base in order to provide her/his patients with facts only not the myth. By cross-referencing patient’s medications and food for instance a naturopath or an integrative medicine doctor may find out that some of the food /drink a patient consumes, may have a major interactions with his medications.
A classic example are beverages such as coffee, grapefruit juice, beer, cocoa, wine which has a major interactions with most medications. Major interaction means that such food/beverage /medication increases or decreases action of the medication. This is of concern, but were you advised by your medical professional of that?
Do you know what you may eat or drink while on your medication?
How many medications do you take?
Were you advised which medication/s depletes your body of certain nutrients?
Do you drink coffee, wine, beer, grapefruit juice or eat chocolate or soy?
Have you doctor provided you with the list of foods and drinks you should avoid because they interact with your medication?
Some foods are contraindicated in certain medical conditions and it is imperative that you know which. A naturopath will be able to answer all those questions.
Below is an example of only few most common beverages and food contraindicated in chronic conditions and while taking the medications
|food||Not recommended in medical condition||rationale|
|coffee||arthritis, anxiety , pain, bone fractures, gallstones, gastric hyperacidity, IBS, stomach ulcer, sciatica, stroke, angina, high blood pressure||Increases acidity , stimulating|
|Cocoa, chocolate||pain||Increases acidity|
|Black tea( tannins)||Pain, Cataract, benign breast disease, anaemia||Tannins, reduced absorption of nutrients|
|beer||Diabetes, digestive disorders, UC||acidic|
|Soy||Pain, colitis, venous insufficiency||Phytoestrogens interactions|
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Danuta Hulajko is a holistic practitioner, international speaker, the founder and the practitioner at the DH Natural Medicine Clinic and www.healingremedies.com.au , Sydney. She specialises in anti-aging, autoimmunity, thyroid conditions, digestive disorders and heavy metals chelation. For more information please go to our website. You can follow Danuta Hulajko work, events, seminars, expos, latest health research, her health tips and advice on Facebook and LinkedIn