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    The Physical Effects of Drinking Tea

    Tea can be classified into Green, Black, White, Oolong, Puerh, Yellow and Flowering tea. Drinking tea has many health benefits, but we would like to discuss some of the more common physical effects of drinking tea which makes it such a beneficial beverage.  Drinking tea can quench thirst, however some people experience the opposite and feel even more thirsty while drinking tea.  How can this happen and why does it happen to some people but not others?

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    Keeping Cool While Drinking Hot Tea

    When you are drinking a cup of hot tea during the summer, all of your body will feel cool, and your mouth will produce excess saliva.  And there are different reasons for feeling cool while drinking hot tea, and the excess production of saliva in your mouth.

    Hot Teas Cooling Effects

    The reason your body will still feel cool after drinking a cup of hot tea, whether during the summer or winter, is because of the caffeine in the tea.  Caffeine helps to transform fat in the body into energy, causing you to sweat, yet not feel hot.  That is one of the reasons tea is touted as a weight loss aid because the calories can be burnt away by drinking hot tea. 

    Cooling Effects

    British scientists ran an experiment concerning drinking hot tea on a hot day.  The tests were conducted using an infrared thermometer which found subjects skins to be less than 0.5℃ when they drank cold drinks.  If they drank the same amount of iced tea, the temperature of their skin decreased 0.5℃ ~ 0.8℃ after 9 minutes.  When the test subjects drank the same amount of warm tea, their skin temperature actually decreased 1℃.  Finally the test subjects were given the same amount of hot tea to drink, and amazingly their skin temperature decreased to an amazing 1.5℃~2℃.  This experiment goes to show that drinking hot tea can actually cool you off better than cold drinks.

    Saliva Production

    After drinking teas, most people experience increased saliva production in their mouth because of the polyphenols in the tea as well as sugars, amino acids, pectin and vitamins which promote saliva productions.  It also is because of the extra water in your body after drinking many teas, because tea is also very hydrating.

    Drinking Tea Making You Feel Thirsty?

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    A strange effect of teas is that with some teas, people will feel thirsty even when drinking plenty of the tea, while for others, tea can quench thirst.   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.

    The caffeine in the tea which also causes the cooling effect is also a natural diuretic which causes strong kidney and urinary function.  It also opens the vessels in the kidneys speeding up the flow of blood in your body.  Because of the caffeine's diuretic effects, drinking tea can also cause frequent urination.

    Gongfu tea has a higher concentration of tea in the water so that may actually cause slight dehydration in the body, and along with the diuretic effects of the caffeine it can cause you to feel thirsty even while 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.

    12 comments to The Physical Effects of Drinking Tea

    • Joyce :


      What is the best tea to drink for anti-inflammation

    • TeaVivre response:


      Thanks for your question.

      Research shows that both green tea and Oolong tea have the function of anti-inflammation. If you’re interested in, I suggest you can try some Long Jing, Bi Luo Chun, and Tie Guan Yin as well. However, if your situation looks serious, please go to the hospital for professional help. After all, tea treatment is very slow process.

      Hope it’s helpful for you.

    • Suparna Bagchi :


      Tea is a calorie free drink.
      It increases metabolism also.

    • Micuko :


      Ah, this was educational! And answered my questions.
      I had about 5 cups of tea last evening (my new Oolong - Te guanin - just arrived and I had to have some and it was so delicious I couldn't have only 1 cup) and I was feeling weirded out about how thirsty I was all night and in the morning. I had to drink so much water to quench my thirst and was feeling a bit dehydrated.
      So it seems it was because I used a lot of leaves, like you'd do in a Kong Fu ceremony. I'll know from now on to also have some water on the side so I'd not get dehydrated, thank you. :)

    • ruqayya :


      Does drinking tea will blackens the skin?

    • TeaVivre response:


      Hello, please do not worry. Drinking tea will not blacken the skin.

    • Hope :


      Is true that frinking tea can reduce excess fats ?

    • TeaVivre response:


      yes, but you should insist of drink one kind of tea, such as raw pu-erh.

    • Kalpana :


      Did drinking more than 2milk-tea per day causes blood pressure or any other diseases

    • TeaVivre response:


      In my opinion, it will not cause blood pressure or any other diseases. But you should make sure that the milk and tea are fresh. More information about this you can ask for a doctor.

    • Kevin Fain :


      Does drinking iced tea make you sweat a lot

    • TeaVivre response:


      No, of course not make you sweat. It will be very cool. By the way, you can add honey or sugar in it.

    • HJ :


      Why is it that I am able to drink Coca-cola all day and not have the same diuretic effect as drinking a lesser or comparable amount of black or herbal tea?

    • TeaVivre response:


      Hello HJ, green tea/ black tea is diuretic because it contains a lot of aromatic substance and caffeine, and amino acid. The combined effect of these substances helps to increase the filtration rate of glomerular, which results an increasing on urine volume.
      But coca-cola doesn't have the natural aromatic substance or amino acid at all. That's why it cannot work as tea.

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