How does tea make you feel?


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Re: How does tea make you feel?

Postby Komsip » Sep 13th, '10, 02:25

One should of course never try to use personal anectodes and testimonials as a source to learn from.
Directly from drinking tea, I used to not feel anything from drinking tea but since the last half year or so I've gotten more sensitive to the effects of the tea (the caffeine really) it makes me feel anxious and nervous and my stomach hurts.
Anyway you ask specifically about long term use. There is only one thing I can think of here and that is what it does to the teeth because it contains so much fluoride. Where I live the cities do not fluoridate the water, this is rarely a problem since almost all toothpaste these days contains fluoride.
Anyway, when I was younger like until I was 18, I had pretty bad mouth hygiene because I was very depressed, I didn't often brush my teeth, plus I have always had a dry mouth from all the medicines I take, but I did drink tea every day, all the time, and I think the fluoride in the tea protected my teeth, because I never had a tooth problem until just recently at age 27 when I got a cavity, and that was only after I stopped drinking tea for half a year for the reason I described up in the top.
This despite that I have had a good normal dental hygiene for many years now.
Also all the other kids when I was in school had had dental cavities, and none of them drank tea, it could be a coincidence.
But then I didn't eat candies or drink sweet drinks unlike the other kids (i never much liked sweet things) so that could be an explanation too.

But if you live in a country where most public water sources all fluoridated like in the US, then this should not matter that much because you get plenty of fluoride just from drinking the tap water, but I guess if you are constantly sipping tea then you're more likely to have some fluoride in your mouth. However if you put sugar in your tea then that completely removes the protective effect, and is just harmful to the teeth instead, just like anything with sugar.
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Re: How does tea make you feel?

Postby PamEast » Sep 17th, '10, 09:23

I've been having a lot of headaches recently, and I have finally figured out that it may be tea related. It's not the tea per se, but the fact that my caffiene intake has been wildly erratic. I drank tea constantly for a month, then suddenly started mixing it up with herbals and other beverages.

I think I"m having caffiene withdrawl symptoms on the days I drink less actual tea.

Today I'm going to try and keep track of how many cups of tea I drink, and then keep it consistant for a while and see if the headaches clear up.

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Re: How does tea make you feel?

Postby Johnnyxs676 » Oct 4th, '10, 16:55

After experimenting with tea for a while I have noticed an improvement in my late day energy levels. I mainly drink white and green teas and started drinking 4 cups throughout the morning and refill my nalgene bottle with water after the tea is gone. I've decided to make tea a part of my morning routine and I'm going through some different types of whites and greens and herbals occasionally and when I'm under the weather. I definitely get withdrawal headaches when I skip my morning tea which makes me think about it, but I really like drinking it anyway. Overall I feel like I do benefit from it and enjoy the taste.

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Re: How does tea make you feel?

Postby Alex » Oct 5th, '10, 03:53

Tea (oolong really) Sharpens me up and makes me feel calm at the same time.
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Re: How does tea make you feel?

Postby skilfautdire » Oct 5th, '10, 05:02

As for me, it is perhaps not possible to directly relate stuff to tea exclusively although there's one recent observation from this summer. This summer I had only but Chinese green teas. I recently got some Japanese matcha, genmai and hoji and noticed a difference that would tend to make me balance Chinese *green* teas. Specifically, drinking only Chinese green teas adds to nervousness and perhaps can contribute to slight headaches or at least set the ground for some to happen when other conditions are met. However there is seemingly no limit to drinking *organic* Japanese teas (apart matcha of which I only take a bowl per day).

At the moment Japanese teas are for me the above-mentioned plus aoyanagi (non-organic). No sencha nor gyokuro.

Apart from that other changes such as replacing toasts/jam/eggs in the morning by rice/soba/miso/natto (not all at the same time !) may have contributed to wellness so I wouldn't attribute all goodness to tea. (That's a long time I wanted to go back to some Japanese food and now seems to be the time.)

All in all, in evaluating effects I think the type of tea makes quite a difference. Drinking 6 cups (150 ml each) of bi luo chun a day will not amount to the same effect as drinking the same quantity of sencha.

In general, drinking tea is great. I totally left coffee since I started and even though I tried to drink a few cups (sometimes homemade as before from fresh beans in French press) I could not like the dense, thick taste of coffee. Spoiled by the tastes of teas (all kinds).
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