You May Be Drinking Green Tea Wrong

We are all trying to be healthy and take care of our bodies. If you’re reading our blog, you care about your health. Everyone has their own “thing” that they swear boosts health. When you find something that makes you feel great, it’s terrific.

Sometimes we try the latest trend, and it doesn’t work for us, and we wonder what we’ve done wrong! Of course, not everything works for everyone. People’s bodies are different, and everybody’s health needs vary. It can be disheartening when the thing other people praise does nothing for you or leaves you feeling sick.

So many people swear by a cup of green tea in the morning. They claim it helps to detoxify the system at the start of the day. Green tea is filled with antioxidants and boosts metabolism. It’s also filled with tannins that can boost acidity in the stomach and lead to constipation, bloating and nausea when drank on an empty stomach. It’s better to drink it after meals. Drinking it with meals can stop iron absorption.  

Green tea has about 28 milligrams of caffeine. That is half of what’s in black tea. But for some folks, that’s still a lot. For that reason, it’s also better to drink it once you have some food in your stomach. Just as it has less caffeine, it’s also less acidic than black tea. It’s also less acidic than coffee or soda. But if you have GERD, stomach problems or are sensitive to caffeine, it’s better to avoid it. It’s not a “neutral” drink without any impact.

A lot of people drink green tea to boost weight loss. Green tea boosts metabolism and can aid weight loss when combined with diet and exercise. Two to three cups of green tea daily are recommended to help lose weight. Research shows it doesn’t matter if you drink it on an empty stomach or not; it will boost the metabolism the same amount.  

For many people, drinking green tea on an empty stomach won’t cause discomfort. It can be rough for people with stomach issues or a caffeine sensitivity. If the people around you swear by green tea as their first drink of the morning and you’ve found it isn’t for you, it’s not a matter of who is more committed to their health; it’s about your stomach.

No “health hack” is suitable for everyone. Green tea early in the morning isn’t suitable for everyone. It’s a great thing to add to your day and can boost your metabolism and overall health, but you might want to wait until after breakfast!

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