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  • Is there such a thing as too much tea?

    I drink tea throughout the day at work - usually to the tune of 48 oz. or so. Only one cup of caffeinated green tea, though. The rest is a mix of rooibos and other herbal teas, as well as decaf green tea. Nothing added to them.

    Is there any reason to think that it's too much? Should I be concentrating on just plain water? I drink tea because I'm constantly cold at work, but don't mind drinking hot water if necessary.

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    Supposedly, people have induced fluorosis by drinking too much green tea. Tea and the development of fluorosis | MedTube Tribune - Medical news on-line

    And it does, as far as I know, cart calcium away from the bones which could contribute to kidney stones or osteoporosis. But a few cups a day for your only vice? I say go for it!

    It can be tricky to separate myth from truth when it comes to tea.
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    • #3
      If it's mostly herbal tea, I don't see an issue.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Owly View Post
        If it's mostly herbal tea, I don't see an issue.
        THIS!

        Rooibos and other herbal teas aren't really tea... they just look like tea so we call them that.

        However, you can certainly drink WAY more than 1-2 cups of tea a day and be absolutley fine. My father has drank an entire tall 10cup pot of black tea... earl grey, english breakfast, orange pekoe... every day for as long as I can remember. I'm 38 yrs old. He's extremely healthy and at 62 can run circles around many men my own age!

        He uses only loose leaf teas... and thinks that tea bags are just dust and mouse poop... LOL
        He has imparted this quirk into me... ONLY loose leaf premium teas, but I prefer oolongs (with premium baochung being an absolute favorite), whites, and greens, with an occasional cup of black for earl grey and chai, and lots of herbals too... or herbal blends such as moroccan mint.
        Luckily I have a friend in San Francisco with is a childhood friend of the owner of a tea import company (Teance fine teas). I get the BEST gifts!
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        • #5
          Originally posted by cori93437 View Post
          THIS!

          Rooibos and other herbal teas aren't really tea... they just look like tea so we call them that.

          However, you can certainly drink WAY more than 1-2 cups of tea a day and be absolutley fine. My father has drank an entire tall 10cup pot of black tea... earl grey, english breakfast, orange pekoe... every day for as long as I can remember. I'm 38 yrs old. He's extremely healthy and at 62 can run circles around many men my own age!

          He uses only loose leaf teas... and thinks that tea bags are just dust and mouse poop... LOL
          He has imparted this quirk into me... ONLY loose leaf premium teas, but I prefer oolongs (with premium baochung being an absolute favorite), whites, and greens, with an occasional cup of black for earl grey and chai, and lots of herbals too... or herbal blends such as moroccan mint.
          Luckily I have a friend in San Francisco with is a childhood friend of the owner of a tea import company (Teance fine teas). I get the BEST gifts!
          Oooh, sounds very classy. If you were not so well-connected, what brand or website would you buy from? Do you get flavored?
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          • #6
            Hardly. Since most are herbal teas you should be fine. As far as regular tea goes, just make sure you space it at least 30 min or so around meals as it can interfere with the absorption of several minerals and B vitamins.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by sakura_girl View Post
              Oooh, sounds very classy. If you were not so well-connected, what brand or website would you buy from? Do you get flavored?
              I still would like Teance. The import some really good stuff. I've bought my own at other places on occasion and it was good too. But I really trust the folks at Teance to be selling as advertised. They make trips back to China regularly to select their premium teas directly from the plantations.

              I sometimes drink jasmine, the tied flower balls, or Lychee red.
              Pu erh is another good one... it's very different, maybe not for a novice tea drinker. Smells and looks very "musty" and earthy in the bag, but when brewed becomes a sweet earthiness.
              “You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.”
              ~Friedrich Nietzsche
              And that's why I'm here eating HFLC Primal/Paleo.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by cori93437 View Post
                I sometimes drink jasmine, the tied flower balls, or Lychee red.
                Pu erh is another good one... it's very different, maybe not for a novice tea drinker. Smells and looks very "musty" and earthy in the bag, but when brewed becomes a sweet earthiness.
                yeah, I like jasmine for flowery notes, too. I think pu er is okay, but don't particularly seek it out. My relatives in China always give me tea, but I don't know what kind it is either xD I'm just iffy about anything produced in China nowadays, so I'm not sure if I want to go Teance.
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                • #9
                  "As far as regular tea goes, just make sure you space it at least 30 min or so around meals as it can interfere with the absorption of several minerals and B vitamins. "

                  Seriously? I drink black iced tea with almost every lunch and dinner could this really be interfering with things?

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                  • #10
                    My grandmother drank black tea 3X a day for more than 60 years, she died when she was 93. Safe to say she wasn't primal but....

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                    • #11
                      I drink a lot of herbal tea from either purple sage or teavana, and I've been drinking throughout the day, the evenings, with lunch and dinner, for quite some time and have never noticed any issues. In fact, I'd say 48 oz would be a slow day for me and I'd probably start getting dehydrated. Yes, I'm drinking tea right now.

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