Reasons You May Want to Avoid Drinking Tea

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According to legend, tea was first discovered when a tea leaf fell into a cup of hot water belonging to the legendary Chinese emperor Shennong while he was resting under a Camellia tree. Whether or not this is true, tea has been used for at least 5,000 years and has since become an integral part of people’s lives and culture all throughout the world.

With such a long history of use, tea is known to be very safe, but there are some types people who may want to reconsider their love for tea and opt for a different beverage. We’ll delve into that topic in the section below.

If You are Allergic

Despite tea allergies being quite rare, they do occasionally happen.

Although unlikely, it is technically possible to be allergic to tannins or other compounds contained within tea.

If you have allergies, another thing to look out for are scented teas, such as the well-known ‘jasmine green tea’, as they can pick up allergens from the flowers used during processing.

If You are Sensitive to Caffeine

People often look to tea or coffee for a quick ‘pick-me-up’, but the caffeine content can be overwhelming for some individuals, causing them to feel nervous or uneasy.

For those people, it can also sometimes cause side-effects such as headaches, dizziness, nervousness, an upset stomach, or even troubles sleeping.

If traditional tea proves to be to strong for you, you could always drink a caffeine-free herbal tea instead.

If You Have a Sensitive Stomach

Tannins are part of what gives tea it’s unique color and flavor.

But if you have a sensitive stomach, then those same compounds can sometimes cause irritation, or even nausea.

You are more likely to experience tea-related stomach issues if you drink tea on an empty stomach.

If You are Anemic or Have Issues Absorbing Iron

Iron-deficient anemia is a condition in which the body lacks healthy red blood cells, and as the name implies, this particular form of anemia is caused by iron deficiencies within the human body.

As mentioned earlier in this article, tea contains a group of compounds known as tannins. These compounds have been shown to disrupt the absorption of iron within the human body. So, tea is something you may want to avoid if you are deficient in iron.

It’s worth noting that tea is more likely to interfere with iron absorption when it is drank along with meals.

If You are Pregnant or Trying to Conceive a Child

Although many health-care practitioners consider a small amount of tea to be safe while pregnant, it is still important to take your tea and caffeine consumption into consideration, as you don’t want to cause your body any stress. It’s recommended to talk to your doctor and ask for their opinion on whether or not you should drink tea during pregnancy.


You should always talk to your doctor about your diet and any other supplements you are taking, including tea.

It’s important to note that tea should never be substituted in place of medication prescribed to you by your doctor.

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