Do you drink too much tea? Be careful, taking it in excess can have these side effects
Tea has many health benefits but, like any other product, it should be consumed in moderation. Taking it in excess can have these side effects on your body, so be careful.
Scientific evidence makes it clear that drinking tea every day has many health benefits. Thanks to its antioxidant and polyphenol content, it improves organ function, promotes digestion, has anti-inflammatory properties, helps reduce cholesterol, accelerates metabolism to burn fat faster and improves detoxification processes.
Apart from all these benefits for the body, the results of various studies reveal that drinking tea daily reduces the risk of various diseases, including some types of cancer (skin, prostate, lung and breast), type 2 diabetes, heart disease, tooth decay and insomnia.
However, to take advantage of these benefits it is not necessary to consume large amounts of tea, but rather it must be drunk in moderation. According to experts, exceeding 3-4 cups a day (710-950ml) could cause some problems. These are some of the possible side effects of drinking too much tea:
- Reduced absorption of iron. Tea is rich in tannins, a type of polyphenols, which can bind to iron in some plant-based foods and hinder its absorption. Therefore, if you have iron deficiency it is important that you do not exceed 3 or 4 cups of tea a day.
- Increased anxiety and stress. Tea has caffeine in it, and drinking too much can lead to increased anxiety and stress. Black tea has more caffeine than green and white, and the longer you let it steep, the higher the caffeine content.
- Trouble sleeping. Another side effect of tea has to do with caffeine: its excessive intake can lead to sleep problems. Try not to drink very high amounts and do not take it before going to bed.
- Nausea or stomach pain. Taken in excess or on an empty stomach, the tannins in tea can irritate digestive tissue, causing nausea or stomach pain.
- Acidity. Drinking too much tea can lead to heartburn from caffeine.
- Headache. Regular consumption of high amounts of caffeine can cause recurring headaches, so try not to exceed the recommended number of cups.