excessive use of tea – injuries to health
Day starts with a cup of tea. Is it a necessity, a compulsion for our body system or an addiction, we are unaware of? Consumption of tea gives instant energy, causing one to get back to work right after its intake, is a myth or an illusion – avoiding the facts of its being harmful. Green tea, black tea, white tea and oolong tea are extracted from the plant named botanically ‘Camellia Sinensis’. Researchers have proved that excessive use of tea leads one towards insomnia, low appetite, dryness of brain and diabetes. Some researchers have even found the contents of pesticides in tea! In India, tea worth around Rs. 500 crores is consumed everyday, which in turn creates a market for medicines worth Rs. 500-600 crores. Research indicates that a regular tea drinker on an average consumes tea worth around Rs. 11 crores in his life span of 75-80 years.
On one hand our country lacks monetary fund for constructing roads, setting up power plants and meeting other basic requirements, and on the other hand, INR 500 crore is wasted every day just on tea!
It is imperative to discuss the demerits of consumption of tea on an empty stomach, as the former contains 10 types of poisons, named as under :-
- Tannin :- Tannin is used to tan and stiffen the leather. It stiffens the surface of intestines and reduces the appetite and digestive capacity, which in turn causes gastric diseases like ulcers and constipation and could lead to cancer too.
- Caffeine :- It increases the level of acid in the body, consequently leading to hypertension, liver diseases, anemia, headache, insomnia, rheumatism, deficit of vitamin ‘B’, premature & untimely graying of hair, memory loss and weakening of kidneys, audio-visual capabilities as well as nervous system.
- Theanine :- It leads to psychosis and a feeling of heaviness in the head.
- Pameine :- It also causes adverse effects on digestive system.
- Volatile oils :- Volatile oils causes insomnia and eye related diseases.
- Cyanide :- It has poisonous effects and is said to be present in most of the tea brands.
- Aromatic oils :- Aromatic oils cause dryness of intestines.
- Oxalic Acids :- A cup of tea contains four times its (oxalic acid) quantity than what is excreted by one’s body throughout a day.
- Carbolic Acid :- It is produced in the body after consumption of tea and badly influences the vitality of one’s life, which in turn leads one towards oldness.
- Cyanogens etc. :- These compounds with poisonous effects cause giddiness, paralysis, blood-deformities, insomnia etc.
Despite having some medicinal and pharmacological significance, excessive and constant use of tea, irrespective of whether or not consumed empty stomach, induces a number of diseases in the body AND its addiction leads one towards the path of many ailments, just to name a few :
- Osteofluorosis :- Osteofluorosis means risk of fracture of bones increases after constant and excessive consumption of the beverage.
- Alzheimer’s Disease :- Aluminum amounts present in tea leaves cause Alzheimer’s disease and lack of learning, reasoning and imagining power.
- Increased toxicity in body :- Large intake like 4-5 cups of tea increases level of toxicity in body.
- Negative impact on Digestive system :- Large intake of tea disturbs digestive system by causing constipation or diarrhea.
- Pre menstrual syndrome :- According to researches done on woman in China, it is revealed that ladies who largely intake more than 4-5 cups a day are more likely to suffer Pre menstrual syndrome in comparison to other ladies who are not much addicted to it.
- Negative impact on Urinary system :- Urinary system is badly affected by consumption of tea in large quantities as the feeling of urination occurs immediately after the intake of tea and this in turn impacts the urinary bladder.
- Sleeping disorders :- Tea alerts and energizes one, but excessive use of it causes insomnia and sleeping disorders, that impacts negatively on health and working efficiency.
- Kidney Stones :- Tea can induce kidney stones as it contains oxalates which further bind to calcium and other chemical compounds, thus causing kidney stones, according to medical researches and studies.
- Esophageal cancer :- Esophagus is a canal connecting oral cavity to stomach and can be damaged by intake of very hot tea, resulting into esophageal cancer. Tannins present in tea also increase the risk of esophageal cancer.
- Teeth :- Researchers have proved that excessive use of tea causes accumulation of plaques on the surface of teeth and also impacts gums negatively. Intake of very hot tea causes adverse effects on teeth and gums.
Self-Realized saint – Sant Shri Asharamji Bapu (commonly referred to as “Bapuji”) always tells in his discourses to abstain from all vices including tea. Instead, one ought to consume around 1 to 1.5 liters of water kept overnight in a copper mug, empty stomach; either by dissolving 1 spoon Chyawanprash (ashram made) in one glass of water or in Ojaswi tea (ashram made) to gain energy without side-effects.
We pray to the almighty to keep Bapuji, who always endeavored to keep us away from all vices and addictions as minute as Tea, healthy and keep him away from being targeted by conspiracies and seek His sooner acquittal.