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Are You Drinking Too Much Tea?

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Consuming excessive tea can cause digestive issues and inebriation. To avoid the side effects of tea, you must take your time and enjoy your tea, don't overindulge as it can irritate the stomach, have your tea with a snack that'll help in absorption, never drink your tea on an empty stomach and try to avoid drinking tea after a meal.

Tea is considered to be a healthy beverage compared to alcohol or other fizzy drinks. But, drinking too much strong tea can have the same repercussions as drinking too much alcohol. Excessive tea consumption can lead to tinnitus, dizziness and fatigue. Overindulgence in strong black teas can result in the stomach feeling bloated and full. Recent research on tea have given conflicting results on tea.

People who drink tea rarely are much more sensitive to both the positive and negative effects of tea.

Side Effects of Excessive Tea Consumption

1. Digestive Issues: Strong tea can upset stomachs, especially if the tea drinker has digestive or stomach problems such as ulcers or acid reflux. 2. Inebriation: People who are used to drinking highly fermented teas such as black teas, Oolong teas, and Pu-erh tea can experience effects similar to those of alcohol when switching to a much lower fermented or non-fermented tea such as white and green teas. Drinking tea on an empty stomach, especially stronger highly fermented teas, can cause you to feel drunk as well.

Why Choosing Your Tea Is Important

People are much more likely to feel drunk from drinking freshly pick tea leaves as the fresh tea leaves plucked off the first tea harvest, early in the springtime is usually of the best quality and highest grade of tea. Because these teas have been stored for less than a month, they contain much higher levels of caffeine, active alkaloids and other aromatic substances than older teas do. This increase in chemicals can stimulate the central nervous system and stomach, which can cause one to feel inebriated.

Tips to Avoid The Side Effects Of Tea

Take your time: Never get in a hurry when enjoying your tea. Part of the beauty and meditative quality that tea has is that it should be calming and soothing, never rushed or hurried. Use restraint to not taste fresh tea immediately after purchasing it. Instead, wait at least half an hour so that a good portion of the polyphenols and aldehydes in the freshly picked leaves are oxidized. Once the levels of these chemicals are lower in the tea, it makes the tea much healthier for you to drink. Don’t overindulge: Although tea is a very healthy drink with plenty of health benefits, drinking more than 10g of tea daily, it can irritate the stomach and esophagus lining, especially if you drink hot tea, which can lead to ulcers, acid reflux, can increase the symptoms of GERD and IBS and can make you feel slightly intoxicated. Have snacks: It is a good idea to take your tea with a snack or a meal so that you have something to help absorb the tea in your stomach. Salty and sweet food can not only provide sodium for your body, but also cause your blood-sugar level to rise, making it less likely for you to experience any adverse effects from drinking your tea. Never drink tea on an empty stomach: If you drink tea on an empty stomach, you will not only dilute gastric juices so that you aren’t as able to digest foods as well, but the high absorbency rate of water in the tea will also cause your body to absorb caffeine easily causing you to experience dizziness, stress and possibly even neurasthenia in your hands or feet. Try to avoid drinking tea after a meal: Teas contain tannin, especially dark teas which contain higher levels of tannin, which can possibly react to iron in your food. However on the other hand, tea can also help to aide in digestion one hour after the meal, especially Pu-erh tea.

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The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

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The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

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Mandy Jasmer
Mandy Jasmer 5pts

Damion Lee~ check out this article for your tea habit?!

Abdul Khan
Abdul Khan 5pts

گپ ہے کچھ نہی ہوتا ایک ادمی ہے جو تقریباً ٰ70 برس سے ذیادہ ہے اور وہ چاے کے ساتھ روٹی کھاتاہے قہوا یا چاے سارہ دن پیتاہے اور وہ چست صحت مند سرخ سفید ہے

Jessica M Valjee
Jessica M Valjee 5pts

So glad after 25 years u finally starting to get to know me a Lil better \U0001f602

Krushika Valjee
Krushika Valjee 5pts

I knew you would emphasis on this. I just knew it \U0001f648

Jessica M Valjee
Jessica M Valjee 5pts

"Take your time: Never get in a hurry when enjoying your tea. " the only statement i needed to read Krushika Valjee hope u took note\U0001f606

Jin Kim
Jin Kim 5pts

all tea comes from one plant, camellia sinensis. the difference is in how they cure and dry the leaves. it's essentially the same plant. if it doesnt have C.sinensis in it it's technically not 'tea'

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Yes green tea is beneficial :)

Douglas Streeter
Douglas Streeter 5pts

I'm a avid tea drinker, reports on teas are very conflicting, I just trust the leaves of the trees.

Sushmita Lo
Sushmita Lo 5pts

noted hahahaha but wala naman ko gani ga tea now hahahah

Liz Cordova
Liz Cordova 5pts

I wonder if they have a lot of cases of renal failure in England

Trisha Luciano
Trisha Luciano 5pts

which tea is good for health? i heard that green tea is beneficial for health but too much consumption of black tea can harm our health :)

Rose Lim
Rose Lim 5pts

anything that is edible is to be eaten reasonably. Overeating any food excessively will lead to many problems. Wisdom is needed to apply.

Kumar Sarbajit Das
Kumar Sarbajit Das 5pts

I want suggestion from..I hv stomach fat how loose in easy way #ayurveda

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

It's bad! Two cups a day! Kumar Sarbajit Das :)

Meena Khara
Meena Khara 5pts

Love to hear about such knowledge of tea.

Avanika Nayyar
Avanika Nayyar 5pts

I love tea but more spicy Indian style with American twist. It's great

Ras Ita
Ras Ita 5pts

I am guilty, love tea

Kumar Sarbajit Das
Kumar Sarbajit Das 5pts

I like tea .. 5-6 times I take my tea in a day ..is it good or bad????

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Pushpa Karkee Shahi two cups a day! :)

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Great! :) Natalie Lagarde

Sheyda Partovi
Sheyda Partovi 5pts

Zarrin Mohammadi Porya Partovi this is a sign for you two

Cheryl David
Cheryl David 5pts

Screw this, imma gonna have a cuppa tea.

Judy Dapuzzo
Judy Dapuzzo 5pts

Nothing in excess, everything in moderation!