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Why Drinking Tea on an Empty Stomach Makes You Vomit

My Favorite Iced Tea Glasses by Anchor Hocking!

Here's the answer to why drinking tea on an empty stomach makes you vomit. You're not alone. I had to find out for myself after one too many times of feeling sick after drinking tea. 

Today, I had yet another strange bout of unbearable nausea from drinking my big, delicious large cup of sweet ice tea before eating my bad-for-me-as-all-get-out, chili dog. 

I know I shouldn't be eating such a thing as a hot dog, but that wasn't my problem, rather it was the sweet iced tea I chugged beforehand--on an empty stomach. Imagine that.

Obviously, you have experienced nausea and/or vomiting after drinking tea of any ilk: iced tea, hot tea, black tea, green tea, sweetened tea, unsweetened tea . . . well, you get the idea. 

It doesn't matter what kind of tea you drink, nor does drinking tea hot or cold (iced) make a difference to your stomach in this case. 

 ALL tea has this necessary ingredient even though it tends to make one feel like vomiting when consumed on an empty stomach: tannin. 

YUP, tannin. 

Even if you have a cast iron stomach like I claim to have, drinking a mere 4 ounces of tea on an empty stomach can send you sailing to the nearest bathroom stall to vomit. It's here an empty waste basket comes in handy.

About  this time you're mad-sick to your stomach and wondering what the heck is tannin doing in tea if so many get sick from it?

Well, tannin is that fabulous flavor we so love, that bitter tang we sense on our tongue; the stronger the tea, the more tannin in the cup (suffice it to say, in your gut). 

Here's what happens when tea of any kind--cheap, imported, name brand, etc.--is brewed. It's important for us tea lovers to know: 

During the first few minutes of brewing, caffeine in regular teas, is released. You most likely know that caffeine is the stimulant in tea and coffee (jus' sayin').

Brewing after two minutes, tannin from the tea leaves begins to leach into the brew; the longer the tea leaves (i.e. in the tea bag or ball) sit in the cup or teapot, the more flavorful the tea.

Ever get an iced tea 'to go' at a drive-thru and it's fabulously flavored? Most likely, it's fresh brewed tea with plenty of brew time in it, thus tannin rich. You will have to eat before you drink the tea or you will vomit! For me, even a sip will do it.

If you're like me, you don't have a lot in your stomach at any given time. It's easy to get nauseated from merely drinking a half cup of tea on an empty stomach. You'll need to eat something substantial, like a bagel. I don't think a fruit cup will spare you; there's not enough 'weight' for your gut. I don't know about you, but right about now I'm visualizing my gut, with grapes and kiwi afloat in a sea o' tea, waiting for the 'tidal wave' of nausea.

Not fun. And certainly not pretty.

Here's a little tea tip you might find stimulating (literally): if you only steep the tea leaves for the two minutes I mentioned, regular (caffeinated) tea will be MORE energiZing and may not make you vomit! 

Here's why: When you brew the tea, as I mentioned, the first two minutes release the caffeine. It's not until about five  minutes later, that tannin and another chemical, theanine seep outta the tea leaves, and the tea loses its caffeine. 

That's right: tannin and theanine neutralize the tea's caffeine!

If you drink tea for the 'kick' you'll need to pour boiling water over the tea leaves/bag/ball and only let it steep for two minutes. Yes, the tea is far less flavorful, but chances are you won't feel nauseated or vomit when drinking it on an empty stomach.

If you want flavorful tea, let the leaves hang around in the vessel for whatever duration over five minutes you prefer. BUT, be sure you don't have an empty stomach when you drink the tea.

So, here's my tea-drinking mantra (best when you add a catchy tune): Two minutes; weak tea; big on energy. Five minutes of steeping, only after eating!

I know, that mantra is a bit over the top, but it will be well received if you're like me, and drinking tea on an empty stomach makes you sick.

What can you do if you feel nauseated after drinking tea and don't want to feel like you're going to throw up until next Thanksgiving?

Hmmm, that was a rhetorical question, but here's some things that may keep you from vomiting if you find yourself feeling sick from the tea:

  • Eat a piece of bread or other starch like rice for quick relief 
  • Eat or drink ginger. You can even break a tiny piece off a big root and chew on it; you don't have to swallow that chunk of root (please don't)
  • Drink baking soda and water--1/2 teaspoon stirred into one cup of water

Some folks complain about feeling like they're going to vomit, then throw up, and still feel nauseated. You can buy the ginger I mentioned at any grocery store's produce section, or you can get capsules at any drug or vitamin store. Ginger really works.

I experienced what seemed to be all-day nausea symptoms for some strange reason and only  had pink bismuth tablets on hand. They worked like a charm.

So,  that's it, oh tea-drinking peers. It's most likely the tannin in your tea making you vomit (with an empty stomach), and you're not going to die from some weird-unknown-virus-stomach-thingy.

BUT, PLEASE, PLEASE, NOTE:Why do I keep reiterating, 'on an empty stomach?' Because I don't want to advise/confuse anyone who may be sick in some other respect. This post is strictly about vomiting after drinking tea . . . .

Also, I am NOT a physician, and I sure hope you don't have a stomach bug or other serious reason as to why you are vomiting. This post is my experience and expression of why I vomit after drinking tea on an empty stomach (which I won't be doing anymore) and not to be taken as advice on what may be a serious health matter. Certainly, if you feel like you should see a doctor, by all means go! Vomiting can cause severe dehydration and I'd say, you should talk to your doctor if you are throwing up without relief.


Folks, the moral of this story is, 'don't drink tea on an empty stomach.' That's any tea: hot or iced; sugar or unsweetened; fancy or not. Just don't.

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Raised (High) Toilet Seats for Elderly & Disabled Folks

Raised/High Toilet Seat for Elongated or Round Toilets

Elevated Toilet Seats for Elderly & Arthritis Sufferers

Elevated, or raised, toilet seats like this under $25 lightweight style, fit over both elongated and round toilets without tools and setup; just peel the tabs and stick the seat for a firm seal.   
If you've any knee, back or hip pain, toilets can be a real problem, as they tend to be so low to the floor, getting up can be a scary painful event, indeed. Too, if you have a surgery on the horizon, you're best to invest in a high toilet seat, lest you strain your surgery site like I did. 

Having arthritis and being a disabled senior (albeit a young one!), I have a personal 'relationship' with high--or raised-- toilet seats. Here's the high toilet seat I settled on for several reasons:
  • budget-friendly (yes, cheap)
  • easy to apply; just peel the sticky tabs and place on toilet
  • lightweight
  • easy to clean
  • higher than other elevated toilet seats (just under 5")
  • scooped front (must-have for hygienic reasons)
  • delivered to my door

Raised (high) Toilet Seat 3.5" Riser with Arm Handles for Elderly
Elevated Toilet Seat with Handles (or arms) for Elderly

Raised Toilet Seat Elongated with Removable Arms

Obviously, this elevated toilet seat isn't just for seniors and elderly folks, but I suggest the arm handles for us elderly with arthritis (or disabled with other physical ails) for safety reasons, alone. This raised toilet seat can be attached to your existing elongated toilet and then your pretty toilet seat with lid can go atop this high one, so you won't lose the attractiveness of your decorative seat. Too, if you'll have guests, they won't feel strange using your higher seat. The arm handles are removable in a pinch for that party you're hosting. While this raised toilet seat is a bit more money than the one I have without arms, the handles are worth the extra investment in avoiding falls.  The four-rating is from Amazon (at the link under the image, above).     

Round Raised 3.5" High Toilet Seat with Arm Handles for Elderly Folks

Here's the round version of the raised toilet seat above:

Round Raised Toilet Seat Riser with Removable Arms for Standard Toilets

Round Elevated 4" High Toilet Seat with Lid for Elderly and Folks w/Disability

AquaSense Raised Toilet Seat with Lid, White, 4-Inches

If you're looking for a total elevated toilet seat unit including a lid, you might want to consider this one by Aquasense; it's a 4" high seat for round toilets. 

You don't need tools and like the others, it's an easy place and seal fit. It has a neat, pulled-together look that won't disrupt your bathroom's decor. It has the front cutout you'll need for these elevated toilet seats. Many seats are 3.5-inches high and this one affords just a bit more being a half-inch higher. There's also a lip in  the bottom front where the seat secures for a stable fit. 

2" High Risers for Elevating Toilet Seats for Disabled

Preserve Your Bathroom's Decor Toilet with Seat Risers

Here's another option for gaining a bit of height using your existing toilet seat. The
risers are 2-inches high and easily adhere
with velcro tabs, so there's no tools involved with installing the pieces for the elevated seat. I would, though, use a strong industrial Velcro-type adhesive strip for heavier weights. Too, if you need the toilet seat for surgery and arthritis reasons, I suggest the high seats, above, where you'll have arm handles and up to an extra 4-inch high benefit versus just two with this elevating kit.


Having experience with these elevated toilet seats, here's some things to consider:

  • Your pain level. Severe pain in your knees, back and/or hips may require a 3-4-inch high elevated seat.
  • Your range of motion: Limited use of you hands may make using the handle/arms near impossible. be sure you have the hand strength to bear down on handles. I chose to forgo the handles because of poor range of motion and pain levels.
  • Balance problems may necessitate the use of arm handles to ensure you stand straight coming off the seat.  
  • Your need for decor. I love my bathroom, so I  use the most portable for me (the first toilet seat I featured, above).  I can simply remove the elevated toilet seat, as I use the least amount of adhesive, although that's not a good safety measure.
  • Others in the family who use your bathroom may find it awkward. A few of these seats here are easily removed.   

Important Note: I have found that these elevated toilet seats can slip a bit when rising from them, and this can be scary and lead to falls. Be sure to consider your strength, stability, balance and range of motion along with each of the toilet seats' attachments beforehand.   


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How To Dislodge A Pill That Is Stuck In Your Throat

Having A Pill Get Stuck In Your Throat Is Can Be Scary

What You Can Do To Remove A Pill Stuck In Your Esophagus 

Here are several easy ways you can dislodge pills stuck in your throat. I've also included some tips I haven't seen elsewhere for getting that pill down. 

It can be really scary when you have a vitamin, capsule, stubborn pill stuck in your esophagus. and you're wondering what to do to remove it. Pronto. 

You can skip my 'word fluff' here, and scroll down a bit if you're in the midst of trying to get the culprit out of your throat. It can be an ordeal indeed. Hopefully, my how-to will work for you or a loved one.

First, I am not a doctor or medical professional and if you have trouble breathing, by all means, call 911 and pronto!

If You Need to Dislodge a Capsule That Is stuck In Your Esophagus (throat)

Capsules can be a challenge for two reasons: If your throat is dry, capsules can stick anywhere in the mouth. I had a capsule stuck to my lip, and when I peeled it away, the very-thin skin came with it ~ big OUCH! 

The other really important reason capsule-type pills can be a problem, is the medication inside them.

Some medication will burn your esophagus once the capsule dissolves. For this reason, I recommend you do this:

If you can breathe and swallow freely but feel the capsule burning in your throat, heat milk or tea until very warm in the microwave. 

THEN:Dissolve a bit (1/4 tsp.) of baking soda in the warm liquid (milk, tea, even hot cocoa). It will taste salty, so if you have a sensitive stomach for odd tastes, try neutralizing the caustic acid of the medication by crushing(until very fine)an antacid, or putting a bit of liquid antacid on your tongue. 

You will still need the warm beverage to dissolve the capsule. Be careful you don't overheat it, or you could seriously burn your mouth and throat. Sip the liquid until the capsule is dislodged from your throat and fully on its way to your stomach. If the pill is just moving around, try taking a large swallow without swallowing too hard.

Your mind can take over and work against you on this last swallow, causing your throat muscles to become tight. Try to relax by thinking positive and swallowing normally.

Do NOT bring your mouth down to the drink! Bring the cup level with your mouth, then move your head forward just a little, drink normally. A straw can help aim the liquid toward the pill/capsule. I've had plenty of pills stuck in my throat and moving my head forward to swallow has cut down the incidence by 98%.


If You Have A Vitamin Tablet or Caplet Stuck In Your Throat 

(if you are alone, text someone that you are having trouble)

Vitamins and medication in tablet or caplet form(capsule-shaped pill)can take longer to dislodge than capsules, but don't panic: Getting upset will only work against you. DO NOT try to vomit by sticking things down your throat! You need to be in control as best as you can of where the pill is going, and fingers may make your problem worse.

Throat Sprays Like Pill Glide Can Help
First, put a pea-sized bit of butter or oil on your tongue. Work it around until your mouth is coated. Swallow gently. Repeat. Heat tea, coffee, cocoa, milk or anything you have on hand--even water. 
Make sure you heat enough liquid to dislodge a stubborn pill. Bring the drink up to your lips; move your head forward, then sip. Don't tense up or your throat muscles may constrict. 

Hopefully, the butter/oil and the very warm beverage will dissolve the vitamin or pill enough to swallow it. If you gag, let it happen naturally; don't force anything. If you feel like the pill is in a 'iffy' place, slowly inhale through your nose and cough; never resist gagging, but focus on breathing ONLY through your nose any time you think you could choke. 

NOTE: This is good practice with food, too. A panicked breath through the mouth will drive lettuce, hot dogs, etc. further. Control your breath, inhaling through the nose, cough up the pill or food, followed by more breaths through the nose until you are sure of yourself. 

If you are alone and need help, dial 911, or text someone to call 911 for you.

  Ways To Avoid Getting Pills, Capsules and Tablets Stuck In Your Throat: Why This May Be Happening

Make Sure Your Pill Is Safe To Split
I bet you're asking, "Why do pills keep getting stuck in my throat?" Well, you're not alone; it happened to me--too often. And the more I thought about it, I could almost count on a sort of mind game where any pill: capsule, caplet, tablet . . . well, you get it . . . would get lodged in my esophagus. Why? What was I doing? You may see yourself in what I describe:

Over the course of several years, I figured out why (for me) pills kept getting stuck in my throat. You'd think I was a slow learner having so many years go by and not much relief in the pill-gets- stuck department. Well, I kept hoping that changing my vitamin from tablet to capsule would remedy the problem. I also traded large pills for a smaller, lesser-strength pills and tablets for caplets ... or, well, whatever. I think my first two or three harrowing experiences had me so nervous I unwittingly tensed my throat, making swallowing pills crazy-difficult.

 Here's some tips that work for me (pardon any redundancies)         

Cheap pill crushers work well
  • Be sure you always take a drink of water before you place the pill on your tongue
  • Move the capsule or tablet around in your mouth to make sure it's wet all around
  • If you just can't seem to get any pill down--even when it's wet--you might coat it in a bit of oil or butter.
  • Make sure capsules end up vertically on your tongue before you take a drink. Curl your tongue to be sure the pill is longways, if necessary. 
  • Keep your drink counter height; this helps remind you to bring the glass to your mouth
  • For some reason, moving your head forward keeps swallowing less an effort
  • Use soda and a straw. But make sure the straw isn't too narrow or you'll have to suck harder, and the pill will be all the more difficult to get down. 
  • Don't swallow your pill with warm or hot liquid. Your capsule will melt in your mouth and may burn your esophagus with its caustic contents. Warm liquid will melt the protective coating on many pills. Only use warm liquid when the pill is stuck.
  • Use a pill splitter if your doctor or pharmacist says it's safe to do so.
  • Pill crushers are handy, too. Usually, if you can split a pill, it's safe to crush. You can buy a crusher, or place the pill inside a folded cloth napkin, then use the bottom of a thick glass to pound it into powder. 

Well, that about sums things up. If you have a tip or want to express your experience trying to swallow a pill, I'd love your comment!

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