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    Overindulgence in Tea Can Bring Repercussions

    tea can also cause inebriation

    It is common knowledge that wine and other spirits containing alcohol can make a person inebriated, also commonly known as being “drunk”.  What you might not know is that tea can also cause inebriation.  If you drink too much strong tea, it can have repercussions on your body similar to drinking too much alcohol, for example you may be troubled by tinnitus (a persistent ringing in the ears), or experience dizziness and fatigue.  If you overindulge in strong black teas, your stomach will also feel bloated and overfull, even if you haven't eaten and will cause nausea especially if you drink a lot of strong tea on an empty stomach.  Serious cases of drinking too much strong tea at once can even cause dry heaving.

    How Can Excessive Tea Drinking Cause Adverse Effects

    There are many ways that tea can cause you to experience the side effects similar to those of being drunk or sick:

    drink tea in a proper time

    1. People who rarely drink tea are much more sensitive to the effects of tea, whether positive or negative, and strong tea can upset stomachs, especially if the tea drinker has digestive or stomach problems such as ulcers or acid reflux.

    2. People who are used to drinking highly fermented teas such as black teas, Oolong teas, and Pu-erh teas 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.

    3. Drinking tea on an empty stomach, especially stronger highly fermented teas, can cause you to feel drunk as well.

    People are much more likely to feel drunk from drinking freshly pick tea leaves

    fresh tea contains many caffeine

    Fresh tea leaves plucked off the first tea harvest of the tea growing season, 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.

    How to Decrease the Chances of Tea Causing Adverse Effects While Drinking

    Take Time To Enjoy Your Tea

    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

    Never get in a hurry when enjoying your  tea

    the polyphenols, aldehydes, and alcohols 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.

    Try Not To Overindulge

    Drinking too much tea, as with overindulgence of any kind, can bring negative consequences.  Although tea is a very healthy drink with plenty of health benefits, if you drink 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.

    tea snack is a good choice

    It is also 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.

    Tips For Drinking Tea Properly

    To choose a proper time and keep drinking it, puerh tea will help you lose weight

    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.

    When you drink tea in the proper times in the proper amounts, tea can be the healthiest drink you can have for your body and mind, and you can enjoy the many benefits of tea by following the above healthy tea guidelines.

    32 comments to Overindulgence in Tea Can Bring Repercussions

    • Joshua :


      Its been helpful to read about tea and its effects. I have been taking tea on an empty stomach which results to stomach cramps and gases after an hour, dizziness and fatigue too. This occurs only in the mornings. Should forget tea in my beverages?

    • TeaVivre response:


      Thank you for your questions.
      You should avoid drink tea on an empty stomach, especially in the morning. Due to your don't take food almost a whole night, it much longer than noon or evening.
      You can take some food, even a simple meal. However, you should have breakfast for your healthy rather than give up tea in order to don't have breakfast.
      Hope it helps.

    • Janet wilkinson :


      Having drink very strong tea for 40 years i fear having read all the bloggs it may not be doing me any good! I gave really bad stomach pains at night when I lie down, don't get much sleep! Had the test and the doctors came up with ibs and redux! But the tablets only worked for a while! Tonight after my meal I had my regular hot leaf cup of tea, strong, just how I like it ! I have at least 6 mugs of tea a day. If I take your advice and drink 1hr after a meal and only 10g per day I'm hoping my symptoms improve

    • TeaVivre response:


      Thanks for your message.
      Tannic acid and theophylline not only will inhibit the secretion of gastric acid, but also will react with the protein in the food, produce some hard to digestible protein coagulum. The tea soup will dilute the stomach acid. It will made the food keep in your stomach much longer. All of them would increase the burden on your stomach.
      We still not sure if your stomach pains have related to the tea. You'd ask doctor for help about the disease and pain. But it's wise to change your way to drink tea. At least it wouldn't increase the burden on your stomach.
      Hope it helps!

    • prabjot :


      I offently drink a very strong tea but i donot feel tired as by alcohol even i feel active and fresh for7-9 hours

    • TeaVivre response:


      Thank you for your message.
      It's a small probability event. It's usually happen to someone whom don't often drink tea or drinking tea on an empty stomach.
      Repercussions is the result of theophylline. It's vary from person to person. Some person have much more resistance of theophylline. Then may not get repercussion.
      Hope it helps.

    • Dubby :


      I have gone through the blog and understood that it speaks about what to do and what not to do with tea. But I'm looking for the solution when I had excess tea and have nerves cramps. Unfortunately, I could not find the response on this. Would appreciate if someone cud give me a response.

    • TeaVivre response:


      Hi, Dubby,

      Thanks for your question.

      Combining with my own experience as well as other tea lovers' opinions, we do think it's best to consume some food as soon as you can if you feel a bit of tea drunk. Such as:
      1. Meat: it can easily contribute to the feelings of satiety than others.
      2. High-sugar candies: it aims to cause your blood-sugar level to rise.
      3. Some tea and food pairings.
      4. Drinking some sweet water, such as water with honey, brown sugar or rock candy.

      All this methods can help us to relief the symptoms of tea drunk.

      Hope it is helpful for you, and if you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us.

    • nadia :


      how weird i didn;t know this.how much is 10 grams tea............

    • TeaVivre response:


      Thank you for your question.
      Because of the tea contains variety of alkaloids and caffeine, which has the excitement of the brain and promote the role of hyperthyroidism, and lead to repercussions.
      For the weight, If you need exact data, we suggest you measure the tea with an electronic scale. Due to different kind of tea have different volume and density. I may can't describe it clear according to your message.
      Hope it helps.

    • Marinella Figoli :


      I am a tea lover. I have been drinking tea all my life. I drink black Ceylon, Darjeeling or Taj Mahal. Four cups a day at least. And I never knew about the drunk effect util it happened to me. A few friends and I had a pijama party and we drank four teapots of six cups each. We felt light headed and started to laugh for every stupid thing we said. We were drunk and happy. Nex day we could't believe that tea had made us drunk. Thank God there was no hangover and we felt perfectly well.

    • TeaVivre response:


      Thank you for your sharing.
      Yes, the tea can bring repercussions if we overindulgence. Tea is a good thing, but still need appropriate drink it.
      Wish you have a nice day.

    • Mary Auge :


      So, during a meal or snack is recommended, while waiting one hour after a meal is recommended as well.

      Which is most important?

    • TeaVivre response:


      Thanks for your question.

      This to suggestions has different benefits.

      To have meal or snack while drinking tea can keep us from "drunk" of it.

      And to drink tea one hour after a meal can help us digest the food we've eaten.

      So if you want prevent yourself from tea drunk, the first suggestion will be recommended.

      Hope it helps.

    • Jennifer :


      I've always loved tea. When I was younger I noticed I felt "weird" after drinking a cup (cold or hot). I thought it was because of the caffeine since I didn't know anything about tannins at the time. When I got older I read a bit on tea and was introduced to the word tannins. I now believe it is because of tannins that I had a strange feeling after drinking tea. Now I am very careful not to "oversteep" the tea so as not to release too many tannins. As long as I brew the tea on the "lighter side I don't have any problems. (I drink tea every day.) I have to stay away from pu-erh. No matter how I brew it, my system does not handle it well.

    • TeaVivre response:


      Thanks for your question.

      Tannins are a class of compounds in tea,which tend to have a bitter flavor and astringent properties. Generally speaking, the longer you brew tea, the more tannins will be released and the bitterer the tea will be. Study shows tannins have both positive and negative effects on health, and like most substances, are healthiest in moderation.

      We don't recommend to drink plenty of strong tea on a daily basis, because the stronger the tea, typically the higher the tannin and other contents. Tannins prevent your body from absorbing essential nutrients, like calcium, it also can easily cause headaches and insomnia as well as irritation and stomach problems.

      On the other hand, as you mentioned, to brew the tea on the "lighter" side is very appropriate. And if a particular tea or type of tea doesn't agree with you , like pu-erh teas, I think you may probably avoid it. Because it's a good rule to listen to your body too.

      Hope it helps!

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