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