Side Effects of drinking too much tea
Are you also among the ones whose motivation to life lies in a nicely prepared cup of tea? From waking up to getting to work to getting back home, all you crave for is a cup of tea?
Well, if that is true then you’re just one of the 2 billion people of the world who are habitual to drinking tea.
If you like tea so much that you’re addicted to it, then you don’t drink it for specifically reaping its health benefits, you drink it for pleasure.
Some of us like it with milk, some without. Some drink approximately 2-3 cups a day, some 5-6 or even more.
Tea in general has many active ingredients that affect our health. It is particularly rich in anti-oxidants and vitamins. It helps in improving the immune system. Controls blood sugar level, reduces damage to cells and also prevents cardio vascular diseases.
But it is observed that a lot of people drink tea along with milk. This actually takes away the benefits of tea. Researchers say that milk contains caseins which is the protein found in milk, which forms complexes with catechins in tea which is the most important flavonoid in tea.
Hence try drinking black tea if you really want to get the most from the tea benefits or else minimize the intake to 2-3 cups a day.
Also, is it often assumed that drinking tea makes one go darker in complexion?
But the fact is that there is no evidence that suggests that drinking tea can activate the melanin pigment production and cause the skin to tan.
Too much sun exposure however leads to tanning, its not your habit of drinking tea but your genetics and exposure to the sun that are the chief contributing factors affecting skin color.
Despite this, drinking tea has a bad reputation. But its not the tea but the way you prepare it which matters a lot.
The ideal way to prepare tea is by to steep it or brew it in hot water and never boil. Boiling makes it bitter, overcooked and also acidic. Now if you add sugar and milk to it, it adds on to being more acidic and as you know acidic foods lead to ulcers.
Also, apart from this drinking too much tea isn’t advised because tea is diuretic. Drinking down several cups of tea on a regular basis can leave your skin dehydrated and make it appear dull and lifeless over a period of time. Hence it is advised to consume tea in moderation; 2-3 cups a day at the max.
Some of the other harmful effects of drinking too much tea are-
- Sleep disorders-
Tea contains caffeine and consumption of too much of caffeine leads to sleeplessness.
Theophylline, which is a chemical present in tea can lead to dehydration effect during digestion resulting in constipation.
Often people have a cup of tea to have clear bowel but too much of tea leads to constipation.
- Anxiety and depression-
While caffeine is a popular mood enhancing drug, but too much of caffeine leads to sleep disruption, restlessness and anxiety.
- Possibility of miscarriages-
It is advises that pregnant women avoid tea as it is rich in caffeine and the caffeine content can harm the development of fetus and also lead to miscarriages.