Tea is growing in popularity, as an increasing number of studies reveal that it is rich in beneficial antioxidants that may boost your health. Green tea is especially beneficial, as it may help to prevent cardiovascular diseases and certain forms of cancer.
However, there are some precautions you need to be aware of before drinking tea, so that you do not end up damaging your health.
- Do not drink tea on an empty stomach. Tea will dilute gastric acid and inhibit the secretion of gastric fluids, reducing lower digestive track function. It might even cause palpitations or a stomachache, which can be relieved with wintergreen lozenges or sugar water.
- Do not drink tea 20 minutes before or after eating. This will dilute gastric fluids and inhibit digestion. The oxalic acid in tea leaves will also interact with iron and protein in food, and inhibit their absorption by the body.
- Do not drink tea before sleeping. Tea, especially tea made from freshly picked green leaves, is a stimulant, which can cause insomnia.
- Those with gout should avoid drinking too much tea because the tannin in tea interacts with uric acid, maintaining it at high levels in the body.
- Do not take tea with medication. The tannin in tea will interact with certain medications, lowering their efficiency.
- Do not drink green tea if you have a stomach ailment, as it will irritate the problem. Red tea is more suitable.
- Children should avoid drinking strong tea because the polyphenols in the tea will interact with iron in food and inhibit its absorption by the body, which might cause anemia in children.
- Pregnant women should avoid drinking tea, especially strong tea, because both polyphenols and caffeine can impede the development of the fetus.
Translation Research by Mona Song.
Edited by David Clapp.