Dirty little secrets about tea!
Over the years of being in practice and teaching health care professionals I have found a dirty little secret… most people think that tea is “Healthy”. In fact, many sources demonize coffee and push people toward drinking tea, not only as a caffeine delivery mechanism, but for medicinal purposes.
In general, what I have found and what some of my colleagues and mentors have found is that tea is generally more toxic than a good quality black coffee.
What are the problems with tea?
- Tea in general has a greater surface area than coffee so it can absorb and retain more toxins in the air and water.
- Even though a tea may be labeled “Organic” it may still have deadly manmade pesticides and chemicals in it.
- Countries where we get tea from still make chemicals like DDT or their environments are so polluted that the tea leaves easily pick it up.
Here is an article by Frances Cerra Whittelsey titled, “What’s in your green tea”.
What about Herbal Tea?
Herbs are potent directors to the metabolism of your body. Most people think that herbal teas are a safe caffeine free alternative to black or green tea but as you can see below in some examples that I have listed, they can cause your body to go into an unfavorable direction.
- EX: Chamomile tea relaxes the nervous system. It can relax the digestive valves (ileocecal valve is the important one) and cause them to stay open which creates you small intestine to be invaded with toxins from you colon. This can lead to may chronic health problems.
- EX: Green tea can act like “speed” to stressed out adrenal glands and assist in adrenal exhaustion.
- EX: If you have adrenal exhaustion and you regularly drink “detox tea” you can cause even more adrenal stress because it will release toxins into a body that already can’t handle much more stress.
In my practice, where I use kinesiological testing (click here to see more), I have taken more people off of tea than coffee to help with their health issues.
What should you do?
I recommend that people not drink too much green tea, for the fact that is can stress out already impaired adrenal glands and for the fact that pesticides and other toxins can be a problem. I feel that black tea can be better if you need something to start your morning.
If you want to drink herbal teas, don’t do it on a regular basis, rotate between several different kinds so that you are not creating a specific change in you physiology that may not be good for you. If you want something warm without the caffeine, have some hot water with lemon, orange, honey, and with some light spice type ingredients (ex: cinnamon, nutmeg, etc…) may be fine!
If you are drinking tea, recognize how you feel after you have a cup. Do you feel spacey, tired, dizzy, moody, foggy thinking, heart palpitations, heat flush, skin rashes, swollen glands, headache, visual problems or maybe have digestive problems after? If you experience these or similar problems after drinking your tea you might want to try and avoid that particular tea. try not having it for two weeks and try it again and see if it causes problems again. If so don’t drink it.
Have you had any of these experiences with tea? Let me know and comment below!