15 unhealthy ways of tea drinking should be avoided

by Brooke Davis April 22, 2016

15 unhealthy ways of tea drinking should be avoided

Originated in China as a medicinal drink, with its long history, tea as a kind of healthy beverage has a variety of positive health benefits. But drinking tea in bad way, also cause some physical discomfort. So, we are very happy to share our some suggestions about tea drinking for your reference.

Tips for people with different physical conditions

The ritual of making and drinking tea has been practiced for thousands of years with good reason. A comforting cup may ease morning sickness, and even make for a shorter labor. But for some people who have some special healthy problems, teas are potentially dangerous and should be avoided.

1. Neurasthenia patients

Strong tea is not suitable for people who are suffering from neurasthenia especially in the afternoon and evening because of caffeine included in tea leaves can affect your sleep. The best way is to drink flower tea in the morning, green tea in the afternoon and drink decaffeinated tea in the evening.

2. Lactating (Pregnant) women

should be careful of strong tea. Caffeine remaining in milk can make baby excited (cry) and not easy to sleep.

3. Gastric ulcer patients

For those who suffering from stomach ulcers, it is a good idea to avoid tea that contains caffeine because it promotes the secretion of stomach acids. Stomach acid is often the cause of ulcers and can cause stomach ulcer symptoms worse and delayed healing of existing stomach ulcers.

4. Keep away from strong tea when you are drunk

Strong tea may make the human body excessively excitable and can badly affect the cardiovascular as well as the nervous system. For people who are drunk, drinking overly strong tea may induce heart and blood pressure disease. And also tea can affect kidney function and increase the burden on kidney.

5. The elder

Raw tea is unfavorable to older people. Because of its peculiar processing method, most of compounds included in fresh tea leaves have not been eliminated and it gives off a strong smell, so can cause abdominal discomfort for the aged.

Say no to tea under six circumstances

6. Drinking tea on an empty stomach

It’s not uncommon for a person drinking green tea to experience nausea and an upset stomach. This is most likely to occur if you drink it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. The culprit seems to be green tea tannins which may stimulate the stomach to secrete more acid. This is a particular problem for people who have peptic ulcer disease or acid reflux problems. And even more, it also leads to “tea drunkenness”. Some people compare it to a strong caffeine buzz, side-effects include shakiness, nausea, strong dizziness and other unpleasant sensations associated with consuming excess caffeine. One possible way to relief those unpleasant sensations is to drink it only after eating a meal or to drink some fruit juice and sugar water.

7. Drinking tea before or after meal

Maybe you are familiar with the habit that people like drinking tea after a meal, but form a perspective of a healthy nutritionist, this habit is not advisable. Drinking tea just after a meal (within 20 minutes) restricts the body’s absorption of iron (Fe) consumed with the food. That is to say if you drink tea just after the meal, your body will not sufficiently benefit from the meat you ate just now, because a substance called tannin existing in tea will bond to the iron, bring negative effects on body’s ability to absorb this important mineral.

8. Drinking tea before bed

Tea has caffeine and caffeine keeps you awake.so if you want to have a good sleep, say “no” to tea water when you are going to bed. This is true, especial for fresh green tea. However, all above is not absolute. It depends on how sensitive you are to caffeine, and what type of tea you are drinking.

9. Love Geye Cha

Geye cha refers to teas has been brewed the day before, there is a great deal of bacteria bred and multiplied in it, especially when it has been stale. Geye Cha for too long, most vitamins have been lost, and the infusion of protein, carbohydrates, etc. will be bacteria, fungi breeding nourishment, so people often think Geye Cha is dad for drinking.

Unhealthy way of drinking tea

10. Brew tea with thermos cup

As we know, a great cup of tea starts with good water. But sometimes different cups also make a big difference. Ceramic cups or pots and glasses are good for you to make a cup of tea. But vacuum cup is not going to be recommended here. Keeping tea leaves in a thermos cup for a long time not only can spoil tea taste but also nutrient substance.

11. Stewing tea for a long time

How long do you leave tea leaves in a tea cup for a perfect cup of tea? Good thing needs more time but when talking about making tea, it really depends on what kind of tea you are drinking and your personal taste.so there is no set amount of time we can give you. Roughly speaking, for your reference, the proper amount of time should be 4-6 minutes. With experience you can tell what color is the right hue. But no more than 20 minute, let tea leaves in boiling water for a long time can damage tea leaves and do no good to your health.

12. Discard tea residue

Some people used to discard tea residue when they think that they are useless after being stewed for several times. It is uneconomic. Most Chinese people like eating tender tea residues. They think they will receive health benefits by eating them. But if you have a kinder disorder, stomach ulcer, heart problem or a physical disorder you should not eat green tea leaves. If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, do not eat tea leaves with the consent of your doctor.

13. Be addicted to strong tea

Most of minerals included in tea leaves are water soluble, putting too much tea leaves in one cup onetimecan release a great deal of caffeine and tannic acid into tea water. Those compounds make tea darker and bitter, also do harm to your body.so for your health, do not drink too much strong tea.

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14. Price and Quality

It is a misleading way to think that only high-priced tea is the best. In most situations, the price of teas depends on two factors: quality and its grade. Tea quality is usually decided by its origin and its shape. The quality of West Lake longing tea for instance is related to its harvested time and its shape. One bud, one bud with one leaf and one bud with two leaves can make a big difference when taking about its price even though they are all derived from the same tree at some time. But they are all highly welcomed in the market. So we can say that everyone can get their own best teas, according to their personal taste and budget. Quality and taste are the only two things you should concern about other than high price after you entre a tea shop. Some so-called high-level teas were harvested too early when its buds are still premature. The nutrient absorbed in bud is few, so we can say from the nutrition perspective it is not the best.

15. Drinking tea and Thinking tea

There are two kinds of viewpoints about tea in China, the first one looking them as a kind of beverage which can quench your thirst like daily necessity. One the contrary, the second one is more related to a kind of mental activity which incorporates tea into philosophy, ethics, morality, self-examination and the spirit of the enjoyment. Especially for those hard-working middle-aged people, a cup of tea can give them relief from anxiety, bringing energy and intelligence to them.

Brooke Davis
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