Are you having your green tea right?
To most of us, green tea is like an elixir that promises a healthy lifestyle.
We know it is a great antioxidant, helps burn fat, prevents bad breath, protects against heart disease, and even has anti-ageing properties. But does that mean we can mindlessly gulp down cups of green tea every day, believing they are doing all the above? According to experts, not really.
Unspoken rules of consuming green tea.’ Here they are:
– Never have green tea on an empty stomach: Beginning the day with a dose of caffeine may kick-start your day with the much-required impetus, it can also adversely affect the stomach balance. Instead, drink a glass of warm water with lime and honey or simply opt for a fruit.
– Not immediately after meals either: A lot of people drink green tea after their meals, without realising that drinking green tea immediately after meals can inhibit nutrient absorption. This means, whatever you eat is not absorbed properly as the caffeine and tannins act as a obstruction. This can also dilute the gastric juices resulting in improper digestion. So it’s best to have green tea 30-45 minutes before or after your meals.
– No late night sipping: Avoid green tea late in the evenings as it can interfere with your sleep pattern and can increase the stress levels.
– Don’t reuse green tea bags: Not only the caffeine content in an already used tea bag is frightfully high, wet tea bags are also prone to microbial infestation. As a rule, never use it more than two times. Having said that, it is best to use green tea leaves for your cuppa.
– Have more plain water: Green tea is also a diuretic, that is it may result in frequent urination. So it is better to have more water to hydrate your body.