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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 fell from 0.5℃ to 0.8℃ after 9 minutes.  When the test subjects drank the same amount of warm tea, their skin temperature actually fell to 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.

5 comments to The Physical Effects of Drinking Tea

  • HJ :

    12/27/2013

    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?
    Thanks

  • TeaVivre response:

    12/30/2013


    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.

  • vivi :

    11/18/2013

    does tea increase urine production?

  • TeaVivre response:

    11/26/2013


    Hi Vivi, yes tea does help to increase urine production.

  • Chibueze :

    11/1/2013

    I want to known the bad side effect in body system

  • TeaVivre response:

    11/4/2013


    Hello Chibueze, drinking tea doesn't do much bad side effect in body if you keep a proper habit of drinking tea. What we say a proper habit for drinking tea, is to drink light tea, do not drink too much, do not drink tea during meal or when you're taking medicine.
    However, if you drink too-heavy tea for a long time, it will affect the digestion system, may cause dyspepsia. So it's better not to drink heavy tea too often.

  • noora :

    6/19/2013

    What kind of tea is best for cooling the body or for this kind of hazy weather?

  • TeaVivre response:

    6/21/2013


    hi noora. If you want to drink tea in hot in summer, you can choose green tea, white tea and oolong tea. They are cooler in characteristic and are more suitable for summer drinking than pu-erh and black tea. Among the three kinds of tea, green tea has the strongest effection of cooling the body. And if you want to try some tea in iced, you can make iced tea with these teas.

  • abety aqui :

    6/13/2013

    is it okay? to boil the tea in a pot.than pouring hot water in a cup?

    for 1 teaspoon, i can make 1 liter tea and after cooling put it in the refrigerator as ice cold tea.

    thanks

  • TeaVivre response:

    6/14/2013


    It is okay to boil the tea. But it is not suggest to boil for too long, better less than 3 minutes. Thus the Vitamine and polyphenol in the Tie Guan Yin could be kept as much as possible. Also the tea's flavor and taste could remain good. You can refrigerate the tea liquid, but better not longer than one day. Other wise the benefitial substances in the liquid may disappear or change completely.

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