With the all the hype going on about the health benefits that one can get from drinking green tea, it’s no wonder that many people are starting to get in on the trendy by incorporating green tea into their daily diet.
However, all the rave about green tea has made a ton of room for misconceptions and wrong information. There are people out there claiming that you can virtually replace water with green tea if you want to be healthy, and others believe it!
So, before you go into overdrive and replace all liquids in your diet with this health-boosting drink, read up on the information below about green tea and its side effects, why you shouldn’t be drinking too much of it, and why you should still drink water when drinking green tea.
The Side Effects of Green Tea
Many people rely on green tea for certain conditions like weight loss and weight management, cancer prevention, diabetes management and prevention, and many more. However, drinking too much of the stuff could lead to more good than bad. The side effects that could come with excessive green tea intake includes:
While it is true that one cup of green tea contains less caffeine compared to one cup of coffee, caffeine overdose is still definitely very possible. Some people think that it’s okay to drink up to 20 cups of green tea just because it contains less caffeine but what they don’t realize is that by drinking so much, the caffeine builds up in their system and could eventually lead to overdose. The symptoms of caffeine overdose include:
- Heart palpitations
- Insomnia and more
Caffeine overdose is especially risky for pregnant women since caffeine has been linked to increases chances of miscarriage as well as a number of prenatal risks that are just not worth any cup of caffeine-loaded beverage.
Dehydration and constipation
Ever noticed how you almost immediately feel the need to go after finishing your morning cup of tea (or even coffee) from breakfast? That’s because caffeine has the ability to act as a natural laxative by encouraging peristalsis. Aside from that, caffeine also acts as a natural diuretic which is why you often pee more when you drink more beverages that contain caffeine.
When consumed in larger amounts, however, beverages that contain caffeine can lead to dehydration. This is why caffeinated drinks, green tea included, should always be consumed in moderation. Prolonged dehydration from too much caffeine could also lead to constipation.
Gallbladder and liver damage
Damage to the gallbladder and the liver is another side effect that you could suffer from if you drink excessive amounts of green tea. Some doctors recommend consuming green tea or green tea extracts to treat gallstones, but others warn against it. The results, really, are mixed.
Liver damage, on the other hand, has been shows in many studies to be one of the side effects that you can definitely get from too much green tea. It’s called hepatotoxicity and it is a herb-induced hepatitis that you can get from drinking or taking too much herbal supplements, including green tea. Hepatotoxicity damages the liver by overwhelming the cells and eventually causing them to break down.
Chemical intoxication and contamination
Green tea may be one of the healthiest drinks in the world, but that doesn’t mean that all kinds of green tea are perfectly good for you. Some non-organic green teas may have been contaminated with chemicals like pesticides, aluminum, or other heavy metals while being grown which means that there is a possibility that you will be getting these chemicals when you drink the brew as well.
So, while green tea may be healthy, it’s important to remember that too much of everything isn’t — and that includes green tea. In order to get the benefits from this health-boosting drink, it’s important to pay attention to the quality of your green tea, too. Sometimes, a little splurge can give you a whole lot of benefits in exchange.