Too much of anything is bad!
This applies to our faithful tea as well. No matter how beneficial it is or how efficiently it relieves our stress or simply is the fuel to drive our work life on any given day, consuming tea in excess is bad.
Consuming over 3-4 cups of tea in a day is excess.
But, if you are wondering how it can negatively affect us or what the side effects are, read on.
1. Stress and restlessness
Isn’t it contradicting its own positive properties?
Yes, we drink tea to relieve our anxiety and stress. However, if you are consuming tea more than its intended limit in a day, it will in turn make you feel restless and anxious.
Most people believe that tea is a better alternative to coffee and is taken closer to their bedtime.
However, most forget the fact that tea also contains caffeine. This, when taken in excess or closer to one’s bedtime, ruins the sleep cycle and quality and in turn, makes you feel restless.
2. Iron absorption
Consumption of tea in excess can affect your body’s iron absorption.
Tea consists of a compound called tannins which hinders of body’s capability to effectively absorb iron, especially iron from plant-based foods by binding to it.
Iron deficiency is one of the most common nutritional deficiencies in the world and one of the main reasons for the deficiency is due to our body’s inability to absorb it.
Iron deficiency further causes other health disorders like anemia and lower immunity.
The caffeine in tea can cause heartburn when taken in excess or otherwise.
Depending on person to person, tea can either cause or aggravate the heartburn situation.
However, if you notice that your heartburns are more consistent and in line with your tea consumption habits, it is probably due to taking it too often.
Try reducing your intake to notice the difference.
4. Poor sleep
As mentioned earlier, consuming too much tea can affect your quality of sleep or totally ruin it.
Yes, there are a few teas that are formulated to help you sleep better like Chamomile and Lavender teas due to their zero to low caffeine contents.
So, make sure to take a note of the caffeine content in a particular tea before indulging in it.
5. Nausea and stomach ache
Compounds in tea like tannins are known to irritate the tissues in the digestive system.
This in turn can cause uncomfortable feelings like nausea or even worse, a stomach ache.
However, this development can differ from person to person based on one’s sensitivity levels.
To avoid it, you may want to add milk to your tea or avoid having it on an empty stomach, and of course, keep your intake to a minimum.
This is generally seen in people who consume large doses (over 6 cups) of tea in a day.
Again, this depends on a person’s sensitivity. If you notice that your excessive consumption is causing you lightheadedness or dizziness, the wiser thing to do is cut down on your consumption.
You can also opt for teas with lower caffeine content.
Most people immediately reach for a cup of hot tea as soon as the first bells of a headache start ringing.
While it is effective in soothing headaches, excessive intake is only going to bring out the opposite effect.
Try reducing your tea intake or eliminating it completely for a certain period to see if the symptom subsides.
8. Excessive urination
Similar to any caffeinated drinks like soda and coffee, excessive drinking of tea can make you visit the washroom more than you would like to.
This is due to its diuretic properties, which can also make you dehydrate easily.
If you do not want to get out of your bed in the middle of the night to visit the washroom, you may want to keep your tea consumption in check.
9. Complications in pregnancy
Many studies have shown the direct effect of caffeine on one’s pregnancy.
Higher consumption of caffeine from tea can increase the risk of miscarriage and other pregnancy-related complications.
If you are pregnant, we advise you to be cautious of the caffeinated drinks and how you drink in a day.
If you are not sure, do contact a healthcare provider to be on the safer side.
However, for reference, do not exceed the 3 cup limit in a day.
10. Addiction and dependency
If you ever feel that you are unable to focus on work or need a cup of tea before your brain kickstarts, you are probably overdoing your tea intake.
It can get to a point where it becomes an addiction, and eventually cause withdrawal symptoms when you try to cut down on it.
However, this can only happen when you are consuming too much tea than you probably should. So, make sure you are having not more than 3 cups of tea in a day.
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