You have decided to add green tea to your daily diet; but not sure yet when to take green tea or how many cups you should have daily! Well; don’t worry. Many of us have had this question at the beginning. In fact it’s a legit question; because timing is very crucial in daily diet. Body reacts with what we eat or drink differently at different time of the day and different seasons in a year.
Let us first understand when you should not have green tea.
First thing in the morning?
A cup of regular green tea contains lots of
- phytochemicals, like, polyphenols, caffeine
- anti-oxidants, like, flavonoids
These are all active compounds. Caffeine is a psychoactive stimulant. So, it is natural that you might prefer having green tea in the morning once you wake up.
Wait a sec. This is not advisable as having green tea in empty stomach can harm your liver. So, don’t make green tea your first thing in the morning.
Just after meal?
Too many people are habituated to drink tea or coffee just after lunch or dinner. This is not an advisable habit too. It directly interferes with digestion of meal. You don’t get complete benefit of either. Similarly, having a cup tea or coffee before meal is also not advisable. It impairs your appetite. Same is true for green tea.
Always try to maintain a gap of at least an hour before or after meal while having green tea. It actually stimulate body’s nutrition ingestion capability and also improves appetite; other than regular benefits.
Before you go to bed?
Never ever drink green tea just before you are going to sleep. Caffeine in green tea will keep you awake and disturb your sleep cycle. This is true despite the fact the caffeine content in green tea is much less than coffee or a cup of strong black tea. Besides, green tea is diuretic; induce urination. That would also hamper a sound sleep.
So, when is the best time to drink green tea?
- Around 9:30 to 10 am just before starting the regular work schedule
- Before or after meal with at least an hour gap
- Roughly 30 minutes before your exercise schedule
Also, try to go lighter on green tea during winter. That might cause dehydration in dry winter weather. Summer is the best time to have green tea. And prefer not to take more than 3 to 4 cups green tea. Otherwise, it might drain out essential elements from your body.