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    A bit confused about green tea, it is supposed to have a Ph of 7 to 10 making it alkaline, even less acidic than most herbal teas. But most IC patients say to avoid it. I'm talking about the caffeine free type. Just wondering if anyone has actually tried decaf green tea .

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    to the IC Network.

    I personally think green tea is blah; I hope others with experience with it will respond. I know there are many ICers who have to avoid it, but I know some can get away with it. It would be much easier for all of us if we could all have the same sensitivities, but that's not the reality. The only way you can be absolutely sure is to give it a try --- I suggest a very small taste --- then if it doesn't change your symptoms, increase it a little bit. Please don't try more than one thing at any one time --- and always wait at least several days before adding a new item.

    Good luck! Please post if you try this one so others can learn about your experience.


    Donna
    Stay safe


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    • #3
      I'm one of those ICers that can't handle green tea at all, not even decaf. I can sit around munching tomatoes, but if I have a cup of green tea, pray for me.

      Keep in mind that there's more to each food/beverage than whether it's acidic or alkaline. For example, green tea is a diuretic, which means it makes the drinker go to the bathroom more. Since most of us already have urgency and frequency, yikes!

      Also, please remember that "alkaline" doesn't equal "good." For example, I have a condition called bile reflux (acid reflux's evil cousin). This rare condition causes bile, which is alkaline, to flood my stomach, and sometimes go all the way up. According to all of the doctors I've seen, the alkaline bile actually causes more damage and pain than the stomach acid that acid reflux patients wash up. Think of it this way: If you had an open wound, you wouldn't pour acidic lemon juice over it, right? But you also wouldn't pour bleach over it, even though bleach is alkaline. (This is kind of a pet peeve of mine, as a bile reflux sufferer, because well-intentioned laypeople keep trying to tell me to switch to an "alkaline diet," which my doctors say, of course, would not improve matters for me.)

      Anyway, in terms of the alkaline/acidic paradigm, my understanding is that the neutral foods/beverages are considered the safest. I haven't heard of bottled spring water or unsalted butter setting off anyone's bladder, for example. (Anyone reading, please correct me if this has happened to you.)

      Ultimately, though, what foods/beverages trigger your IC? That's unique, and it's not going to perfectly match any list or categorization system. Unfortunately, you're going to have to learn and eventually memorize all of your triggers. Keeping a diary of everything you eat and your symptoms throughout the day tends to be the best way to do this.

      I wish you the best of luck.

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      • #4
        Great to see you "green" --- how are you doing these days?

        Huge hugs,
        Donna
        Stay safe


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        I am not a medical authority nor do I offer medical advice. In all cases, I strongly encourage you to discuss your medical treatment with your personal medical care provider. Only they can, and should, give medical recommendations to you.
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        • #5
          I can do White Tea everyday for 10 years but I can not do Green Tea EVER for I immediately get a flare.

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          • #6
            I suggest giving some herbal teas a try. Some are delicious --- and less chance for flares. I know this can be difficult for some, but it's well worth giving it a try.

            Warm hugs,
            Donna
            Stay safe


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            Elmiron Eye Disease Fact Sheet (Downloadable) - https://www.ic-network.com/wp-conten...nFactSheet.pdf

            Have you checked the ICN Shop?
            Click on ICN Shop at the top of this page. You'll find Bladder Builder and Bladder Rest, both of which we are finding have excellent results.

            Patient Help: http://www.ic-network.com/patientlinks.html

            Sub-types https://www.ic-network.com/five-pote...markably-well/

            Diet list: https://www.ic-network.com/interstitial-cystitis-diet/

            AUA Guidelines: https://www.ic-network.com/aua-guide...tial-cystitis/

            I am not a medical authority nor do I offer medical advice. In all cases, I strongly encourage you to discuss your medical treatment with your personal medical care provider. Only they can, and should, give medical recommendations to you.
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