Growing up in a conservative Adventist community no one I knew smoked, or used coffee or black tea of any kind. From an early age the dangers of caffeine had been drummed into my brain. That did not stop me from becoming an avid iced tea and coffee drinker as soon as I discovered the pronounced energy pick-up these beverage’s afforded. I main-lined the stuff until in my 23th year, with a pulse of 160 and my blood pressure off the charts, the emergency room doctor explained I had just over dosed on caffeine.
Young and dumb, I stopped popping the “No-Doze” (caffeine pills) and cut back a bit on my coffee intake. This kept me out of the emergency room until my love of iced black tea gave me a taste of the worst pain one can experience; Kidney Stones. Thinking I was doing myself a favor I brought two big 32 ounce sipper bottles of the stuff to work with me each day. Again the Emergency Room Doctor explained how I had done this to myself; that was enough for me; I never touched black tea again. Finally I completely gave up Coffee several years later after realizing caffeine was not my friend.
Looking around the net for more information on black tea today I was amazed at the websites devoted to talking about the benefits of black tea. These sites completely ignore the long understood and proven ill effects of black tea consumption. I want to share some basic information on the dangers of drinking Iced or hot black tea. There are excellent substitutes for those who enjoy the cool refreshing glass of iced tea or the comfort of a nice cup of hot tea.
- The peppermint leaf makes an excellent iced tea beverage.
- The detox or Kidney bladder teas are also excellent and tasty substitutes used hot or cold; just to name a few.
FYI: Black Tea
A cup of hot tea can do wonders after a tiring day at office. This soothing hot beverage has been used from many centuries to calm down our mind and relax our body. In various parts of the world, drinking black tea on an everyday basis is quite common. While some like to make their cup of tea very strong, some go with mild, and some take a light dose. No matter how you take it, there are ill effects of consuming black tea.
Camellia sinensis, better known as black tea, is used in dried form to make tea. Due to its properties that are quite similar to caffeine present in coffee, it works well in relaxing muscles and helping the nervous system calm down. Produced extensively in the countries of Sri Lanka and India; black tea shipments travel far and wide to be utilized by numerous people across the globe. However, before you consume your next cup of tea, take a look at the negative effects of black tea.
By drinking this tea on a daily basis, you can increase the amount of toxins present in your body. The root cause of the toxicity is Aluminum, an active component found in higher quantity in older tea leaves.
One of the ill effects of black tea is that it has the ability to trigger formation of kidney stones due to Oxalate. This compound has the capability to affect the health of the kidneys if consumed on a large scale.
Weakened Digestive System
Filled with tannins, intake of black tea regularly can unbalance the digestive system and lead to health issues such as diarrhea, etc. Constipation can also occur as a result of negative effects of black tea.
Increased intake of Aluminum, in the form of black tea, is one of the causes of Alzheimer’s disease. The disorder has the ability to affect the memory and imagination of people.
Drinking large quantities of this tea can hinder the fluoride tolerance level of the human body. Fluoride ill effects of black tea increase the susceptibility of bone fracture as fluorine weakens bones.
Among the ill effects of black tea consumption, stained teeth is one. If you consume this tea frequently, then there are high chances that your teeth are stained and gums are injured. It also increases the formation of plaques.
Disruption to the urinary system of the body can occur as a result of ill effects of black tea. The urinary bladder becomes heavy, thereby triggering a sensation of frequent urination.
Slowdown of Clotting
Regular consumption of black tea can actually slow the formation of blood clots upon an injury. This is one of the negative effects of black tea that should be kept a note of.
There is an increased risk of developing esophagus cancer with black tea. This canal that connects the stomach with the oral section is sensitive to sudden temperature changes, and also tannins, present extensively in black tea.