Tea is not only a tasty beverage to drink with friends, to welcome guests with, or to have by our sides when we want to be alone with our thoughts, but it also has many health benefits, such as the catechins and antioxidants in black tea, which can enhance immunity and metabolism, The Stateman reported.
Drinking tea or any other caffeinated beverage first thing in the morning on an empty stomach can lead to increased acidity and digestive discomfort. This is because caffeine can stimulate the production of stomach acid, which can cause irritation and inflammation.
Vidhi Chawla, the founder of Fisico Diet Clinic, India, highlights several potential negative effects of drinking tea first thing in the morning:
Stomach irritation: Drinking tea on an empty stomach can cause irritation in the stomach lining, leading to discomfort, bloating, and nausea.
Dehydration: Tea is a diuretic, which means it increases urine output and can cause dehydration, especially in the morning when your body is already dehydrated from not having any water for several hours.
Disrupts nutrient absorption: Tea contains tannins, which can bind to minerals such as iron and calcium, making them less available for absorption by the body.
Tooth decay: Tea contains natural acids that can erode tooth enamel, especially when consumed in large amounts or over a long period.