What do you do after getting up, the first thing in the morning?
Drink a cup of tea or coffee to start your day.
Isn’t this what most of us, Indians, do? Having bed tea or coffee is a routine that most people strictly abide by as it gives a refreshing feeling. While most people are aware of the fact that having bed tea or coffee is a bad idea, not many know that having tea or coffee on an empty stomach has similar effects on the health. Here are 6 reasons you should avoid bed-tea. However, what most people do not know is that you should drink a glass of water before having tea or coffee. Whether it’s in the morning or evening, if you are drinking tea or coffee, ensure you drink some water, says Dr Tejender Kaur Sarna, Nutritionist and Lifestyle Coach, Mumbai. Also read about times when it is totally wrong to drink tea.
Why drink water before tea or coffee?
The reason why you should drink a glass of water before having tea or coffee is that it decreases the acidic levels in the stomach. Tea has a pH value of around 6 (which is acidic), and coffee has a pH value of 5 (which also falls under the acidic range). So when you drink tea or coffee, be it morning or evening, it can increase acidity and might increase the risk of acute illnesses ulcers and also cancer. If you drink water before tea or coffee, it not only dilutes acid levels in the stomach nut also minimises the damage on the stomach and overall health. It also lowers the effect of tea on the teeth due to its high acidic levels. Drinking water also keeps the body hydrated and aid in flushing toxins from the body.
Most of us also have a habit of drinking tea or coffee with or after meals. If you are the one who swears by tea or coffee with meals, then you must read this! Drinking tea with or after meals — good or bad?
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Published: May 19, 2017 12:37 pm