Everything About Tea/ Chai

It’s a common belief that we must give up on tea as it is unhealthy because tea is often consumed with milk and sugar, which can contribute to weight gain.

On the contrary, it is not necessary to completely give up tea. We can incorporate tea in our daily lifestyle by modifying the way it is prepared and consumed.

Many Indians wake up and wish to have a hot cup of tea first thing in the morning.
Here are a few reasons not to consume tea on an empty stomach:-

  1. Leads to acidity & wrecks havoc with your digestion through the day.
  2. Disrupts your metabolic activity
  3. Dehydrates your body since our body is already deprived of water due to 8 hours of sleep and tea only adds to the state of dehydration.
  4. Due to the presence of milk, many people feel bloated due to high lactose content in the milk which affects your gut when it is empty. This can lead to gas and constipation.
  5. The tannin in tea gives an instant energy boost. However, consuming excessive amounts of tannins, especially on an empty stomach, may potentially lead to stomach discomfort, nausea, or even constipation in some individuals.

Ideally, we must start our day with 1-2 glasses of water, a handful of nuts or a fruit and then have tea with or post breakfast.

Pay attention to the portion size of tea you consume. Limit the number of cups you have to not more than 2 cups in a day. Tea can be had in the evening with roasted snacks like Murmura, makhanas, roasted channa. Avoid having tea just by itself since tea is acidic in nature. Avoid taking biscuits with tea.

Remember- Moderation is the key, too much of anything can negatively affect your body.

You can also add natural herbs and spices like ginger, tulsi, clove lemongrass and elaichi to boost up your immunity this monsoon.

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