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These are the 4 absolute worst times to have green tea in a day

Published on:25 September 2020, 13:47pm IST
Drinking green tea has many benefits but consuming at the wrong time in the day can cause harm.
Shreya Gupta
You gotta drink green tea the right way! Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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We all know that green tea has a plethora of benefits that can boost your overall health. Not just your health, it can also improve your skin and hair. Hence, it has become a favourite for many.

But, you need to have it a certain way for its benefits to affect you. Before you brew yourself a cup of green tea, do you know there are a few times during the day that you should not drink green tea? Yes, if consumed at a certain time of the day, green tea can do more harm than good.

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So, refrain from consuming during these 4 times:

1. Before bedtime
If you have sleep-related issues, you should avoid consuming green tea too close to bedtime. Though it is known for its soothing properties, it does not induce sleep. This is because it contains caffeine which might disrupt the release of melatonin, preventing you from having a proper sleep.

2. First thing in the morning
You might have believed that consuming green tea on an empty stomach can kick start your metabolism, but that’s not the case. The strong antioxidants and polyphenols present in green tea tend to increase the production of gastric acid which can possibly upset your stomach.

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Practice moderation while having green tea. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

3. Right after consuming medicine
If you are in a habit of popping your medicines with a cup of green tea, you need to stop. Consuming green tea along with or right after taking your pills can be harmful. The chemicals present in your medicines can react with green tea which can lead to acidity. Therefore, it is always advisable to consume your pills with only plain water.

Also, read: Not just weight loss, here are 5 other things drinking green tea can do for you

4. With or just after your meals
Green tea improves your digestion, but if you drink your green tea along with your meal or soon after it, it can reduce the absorption of nutrients from the meal. This can create a nutrient deficiency in the long run. Thus, it is not recommended. Try keeping at least an hour’s gap between your meal and green tea.

It is often suggested that you don’t exceed three cups of green tea in a day since it can lead to dehydration. Moreover, too much of it can also result in your body flushing out some essential nutrients. So, even in the case of green tea, moderation is the key!

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Shreya Gupta Shreya Gupta

Finding nirvana in good food, Shreya also loves reading books and is a die-hard Potterhead. Confident and motivated she's fun to be with. Plus food. Always.