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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.

    26 comments to Overindulgence in Tea Can Bring Repercussions

    • 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!

    • Syeda Ambia khatun :


      I drink tea soo much... full glass not half... par day... I am addicted to it.I can't give up it..and also I have soo much gas.. now I feel a little pain in stomach.. what to do??

    • TeaVivre response:


      Thanks for your question.

      A common cause of stomach irritation from drinking tea is its caffeine content. Caffeine increases the amount of acid in the digestive process, which can cause pain and nausea, particularly if you are sensitive to caffeine or if you take it on an empty stomach.

      It seems that you have drink too much tea per day which cause you feel sick.

      If you can't give up it immediately, you could try to reduce the amount and concentration of your tea gradually.

      Also, there are 15 unhealthy ways of tea drinking should be avoided refering to http://www.teavivre.com/info/15-unhealthy-ways-of-tea-drinking-should-be-avoided/, http://www.teavivre.com/info/15-unhealthy-ways-of-tea-drinking-should-be-avoided-ii/.

      Hope it helps.

      WIsh you feel better soon.

    • Ani :


      I never drink tea but since I joined this new company, I have been drinking around 5 cups a day and I felt light headed and dizzy in a training session. Is it due to the excessive tea?

    • TeaVivre response:


      Hello, Ani. Thank you for your question.
      According to your description, 5 cups of tea a day is not excessive, but it depend on the tea concentration. Usually, 5-10 gram per day will be better.

      We should also pay attention to the fellowing tips:
      1: Do Not Drink Tea While Hungry
      2: Never Drink Tea Which Is Too Hot
      3: Don't Drink Tea Immediately Following a Meal
      4: Do not drink too much strong tea

      If you feel light headed and dizzy, you can try to reduce the amount of tea drinking, or reduce the concentration of tea.

      Hope it helps.

    • glen :


      Your blog is helpful.Thanks.

      I was surprised that tea has also adverse effects. I usually have a cup of tea,but this morning I had 6 cups and that was after lunch. I was sitting on my couch when I suddenly felt dizziness and nauseated. I vomited 3 times and now Im afraid to drink tea again.That was awful.

    • TeaVivre response:


      Thanks for your question.

      It seems that you've drunk too much tea in a day, that's why made you feel dizziness and nauseated. Everything should in a moderation, even to tea.

      Here I kindly suggest you limit your intake to three to four cups per day and follow some drinking tips, then you'll have a better experience for it.

      Hope it helps.

    • Daniel :


      Hi, I used to drink tea daily, probably about 4-5 cups per day and usually drank it when it was hot. All of a sudden it started to have bad effects on my stomach and whenever I drank a cup of say PG tips with milk it would send me into crippling pain for up to 3 hours. Visited a doctor about this and she said she didn't know the cause as I drank wine which has tanins, drink milk by itself and drink different types of caffeine.
      I haven't drank a cup in months because I'm not willing to go through the pain that comes with drinking English breakfast tea.
      I can drink Green Tea with no bad effects

    • TeaVivre response:


      Thanks for your question.

      English Breakfast tea is a blend of different kinds of black tea, usually from Ceylon and Darjeeling. So compared with Green tea, it has a higher amount of caffeine. Through tea is a very healthy beverage, we still need to follow some tips when drink it:

      1: Do Not Drink Tea While Hungry
      2: Never Drink Tea Which Is Too Hot
      3: Don't Drink Tea Immediately Following a Meal
      4: Do not drink too much strong tea

      Hope it helps.

    • Michy :


      I am having dry tong and mouth since I stared drinking loose tea, but I like teas more than coffees...any suggestions?

    • TeaVivre response:


      Thanks for your question.

      The tea has substances called tanin and caffeine in it. It tricks your taste buds into thinking that you have a mouthful of saliva , so it shuts down the glands. When you breathe the air drawn in and out dries your mouth.

      Sometimes this can be a physiological reaction due to dehydration if your body is lacking in water content or electrolytes. The contents of the actual tea, the type of tea and fermentation level can all affect the effects of drinking tea.

      To reduce or eliminate this, drink purified or mineral water while enjoying your tea to keep your body properly hydrated and enjoy your tea thoroughly.

      Hope it helps.

    • Nicolas ortiz :


      Is it possible That if i drink to much sweet tea cause dizziness?

    • TeaVivre response:


      Thanks for your question.

      It says the caffeine in green tea speeds up the working of the nervous system and can cause severe effects like dizziness, increased blood pressure and increased heart rate. Everything in limited and monitored quantities can be beneficial and excessive use should be avoided, even tea is considered as a very health beverage in the world.

      Hope it’s helpful.

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