Why tak­ing too much black tea may be bad for your health

Sunday Trust - - BEAUTY - With ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion from the in­ter­net

Acup of tea is like liq­uid gold to many. It is the start to the day, a source of calm­ness and an all-time favourite drink to the young and old alike. But just like ev­ery­thing else, too much of it may be bad for you. The key to drink­ing it is tak­ing it in con­trolled amounts.

Dr. Tabitha Ade­wale of Cen­te­nary Hos­pi­tal, La­gos men­tioned that drink­ing more than five cups of tea a day may be a problem; and this is mostly due to the amount of caf­feine present in a cup. For a preg­nant or lac­tat­ing woman, two cups a day is enough.

The amount of caf­feine in a cup of tea is less than the amount in a cup of cof­fee, but more than the amount in a cup of green tea. Caf­feine is known to be ad­dic­tive, and tak­ing it reg­u­larly may cause you to have phys­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal ad­dic­tion. The side ef­fects as­so­ci­ated with drink­ing too much tea in­clude headache, heart­burn, ir­ri­tabil­ity, dif­fi­culty sleep­ing (in­som­nia) and ir­reg­u­lar heart­beat, al­though the ef­fects may vary from per­son to per­son. In older peo­ple, it may bring about low potas­sium lev­els or hy­pokalemia. There­fore, if you feel like you may be drink­ing too much tea, then you may con­sider cut­ting down the in­take. An­other al­ter­na­tive is to go for de­caf­feinated black tea. This way, you can en­joy your tea with­out wor­ry­ing too much about what it may be do­ing to your health.

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