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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.

    11 comments to Overindulgence in Tea Can Bring Repercussions

    • Pauline :

      6/3/2015

      Hello, thank you for this very insightful and informative article. Recently I have been drinking, or indulging even, in white tea. Ever since this habit began, I noticed, there won't ever be a day when I would not feel 'dizzy'. The dizziness I am feeling is not 'dizziness' per se. I couldn't explain it but I feel more like I am out of balance. It is usually accompanied by a heavy pressure on my head which travels to my temples and behind my ears. This pressure or heaviness causes me to feel lightheaded and it is disrupting my sense of balance/equilibrium. It doesn't matter what position I am in, whether I am sitting or lying on the bed or standing I will get this sudden feeling of tilting to one side or bending over. Is this type of dizziness unusual? It only began when I started drinking white tea...it is awful, and I really like white tea. There was this time when I had nothing but fruits and vegetables in the entire day and white tea when that evening I began to feel really lightheaded like I would faint. Ever since I started drinking tea, my sleep in the evenings would be an interrupted one due to my constant urinating. I have heard that tea can cause you to urinate a lot so this did not surprise me but it is definitely a sleep killer. I wouldn't even drink any tea at all before sleep and yet I would still get up several times every night because I am in need of urinating. I think drinking any tea at all has really done me more bad than good, and this is terrible news to me because I love drinking tea. But, I just don't know anymore. I would usually drink tea before I eat a meal and after I ate a meal...I rarely or never drink it during meals. Also I used to drink green tea 3-5 cups a day though I didn't experience any dizziness. But with white tea there is dizziness, disequilibrium, head and ear pressures, and one time even foggy hearing. This is truly awful.

    • TeaVivre response:

      6/4/2015


      Hello Pauline,

      Thank you very much for writing to us.

      Sincerely sorry to hear that you met this probelm. Actully we suggest that do not drink any teas before sleeping. Do not use tea to take medicine. The caffeine in teas is cordial, not suitable for depressant, anti-tussive and hypnotic medicine. Besides, polyphenols in teas will react to medicines and produce sedimentation, which affects efficacy. Do not drinking tea when hungry. If you do, the tea will dilute acid in your empty stomach, restrain your stomach juices’ secretion. Drink proper amount of teas every day. Too much tea will impact your sleep. Hope this is helpful for you.

      Hope teas will bring happiness to you.

    • Debra :

      3/3/2015

      Over the last several months I drink 1 or 2 cups of tea every evening. Last night I had 2 cups of chia black tea and 1 cup of green tea. I got a feeling of being unbalanced and the feeling would not leave me after an hour. I went to bed and woke up feeling fine. This has never happened before. Could this be the tea?

    • TeaVivre response:

      3/4/2015


      Dear Debra,
      Thank you very much for writing to us. Usually we do not recommand drinking any teas before going to bed or when your stomach is empty. For if you drinking teas before going to bed, it will influence your sleeping. Hope this is helpful for you. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. Wish you a good day.

    • Cindy :

      2/18/2015

      Hello. Thank you for this great information. I have been drinking roughly 40oz of a particular blend of tea for about 6 months now as it helps with my migraines. The blend consists of red raspberry leaves, peppermint leaves, alfalfa and nettle. I make the tea and drink it cold throughout the day. I also recently started drinking about 12 oz of a blend that contains orange peel, red rooibos, red raspberry leaves, hibiscus flowers, ginger root and rose hips. I make this tea hot with a bit of stevia added to it. From what I am reading, it sounds like I am drinking too much tea which can be harmful. Am I drinking to much? Thank you for your information just want to be sure as I started drinking the tea for my health but now not so sure.

    • TeaVivre response:

      2/26/2015


      Dear Cindy,
      Thank you very much for writing to us.
      I think you can read the article 15 unhealthy ways of tea drinking should be avoided at our website. It will be helpful for your concern. Wish you will be happy and healthy. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

    • Jaimie S :

      10/11/2014

      This article was awesome. I recently got a job at a tea shop, and I have been trying so many different combos, and though I've only done drank at most 2 cups a day, they vary from black to white. I felt so awful today, just like I might if I drank to much alcohol. I really wasn't sure as to why either, but this cleared it up for me. Thanks.

    • TeaVivre response:

      10/12/2014


      Dear Jaimie S,
      Thank you very much for your words. I am very glad that this is helpful for you. Wish you a good day.

    • @Natasha :

      9/3/2014

      It's slightly too much but if you feel alright you can stick to your habit for the time being...

    • Ashely :

      5/11/2014

      Hi, I drink on average about 3 cups of tea a day. I mix it up usually but I mostly do green tea. is it okay to drink in this amount?

    • TeaVivre response:

      5/26/2014


      Drinking around 3-4 cups a day is ok. But do not drink teas when you are hungry, within one hour after meal and before you sleep.

    • Grtien :

      1/11/2014

      Hi...

      I heard that drinking regularly Salted Black tea damage our Thinking power. Is it True?

    • TeaVivre response:

      1/12/2014


      Hi Grtien, in fact drinking tea as a habit can prevent memory loss, if you drink it rationally.
      However, regarding salted tea, it is not a good way for tasting teas. The salty flavor may affect black tea's mellow taste, and if you drink it regularly, you may intake too much salt than the normal amount your body can absorb. High salt level in your body may cause problems in blood pressure, heart, kidney, or other diseases.
      Hope this is helpful for your concerns.

    • natasha :

      12/13/2013

      HI, i suffer bloating and drink up to 10 cups of black tea a day. is this too much?? thanks

    • TeaVivre response:

      12/16/2013


      Hi Natasha, you can drink black tea, but it is not suggested to drink 10 cups a day. 3 to5 cups will be good because you are suffering bloating. And it's better not to drink the tea at meal or just in a short time near meals, for the tea liquid may affect digestion.

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