What is the best time to have green tea and why?

Green tea is one of the most liked and consumed teas around the globe. Some people consume it for its taste while some prefer it for its health benefits. Green tea has many benefits, when consumed at the right time. But it should always be kept in mind that ‘anything in excess always turns out to be bad’. Therefore, it is a bad idea to be drinking green tea throughout the day like water in an attempt to get the benefits as much as possible. The ideal consumption should be two to five cups per day and it should be strictly adhered to.

It is also always advised that green tea should be consumed at a particular time of the day, so that it provides the maximum benefits to the body. Some people think that drinking green tea right after a meal will make them not gain any calories from that food but it is a misconception. 

We are here to tell you when you should and when you should absolutely not have green tea- 


Drink green tea in the morning -

Many choose to drink a soothing cup of green tea in morning time to boost their focus and concentration power. The very famous mind-sharpening properties of green tea is partially due to the presence of caffeine. Unlike coffee and other caffeinated drinks, green tea also contains L-theanine, an amino acid which is known to exert calming effects. L-theanine and caffeine in green tea work together to improve brain function and mood, without causing the negative side effects that may accompany consuming caffeine. For this reason, enjoying this tea in the morning is a great way to start your day off on the right foot.


Drink your green tea before exercising -

Green tea is found beneficial if consumed just before exercising. A research done on a group of men showed that drinking green tea before exercise helped them burn more fat. A similar research on women suggested that three cups of green tea a day before a rigorous workout, and a cup of serving two hours before the workout lead to an increased fat burning. 


Drink green tea after workout -

A research conducted on 20 men found that consuming green tea after workout can help reduce the damage to the muscles caused during the workout. 


Drink green tea in between meals -

Green tea must be consumed in-between-meals to avail its antioxidant powers. This means that you should consume it at least two hours before and two hours after your meal. Drinking green tea in-between your meals will ensure that the catechins (antioxidants) do not react with the caseins present in animal protein or milk. Consuming green tea with your meal or just before or after it will minimise the nutrient-intake and inhibit the absorption of iron and minerals from food.

As we told you at what time of the day you should be consuming your green tea to reap the maximum benefits, it is our duty to also tell you the don'ts. Certain times of the day are the worst to be consuming green tea. Let us tell you those and the reason behind it. 

Don’t have green tea right after your meal -

The process of digestion does not start right away after you eat the first bite of your meal. Digestion is a complex process and it takes time. People who consume green tea right after a meal thinking that all the calories from the food will be burned are totally mistaken. Protein from the food requires a certain time to be digested and green tea would not help that protein break down easily. In fact, green tea might harm the process of protein breakdown. Therefore, it is advised not to consume green tea right after a meal. 

Don’t have green tea boiling hot -

Green tea should not be treated as homemade decoction or Kadha. Drinking it super hot will only make it taste bland. It will also irritate your throat. it is therefore advised to drink green tea warm to get the taste as well as health benefits right. 

Don’t have green tea empty stomach -

People think that drinking green tea first thing in the morning, after hours of fasting, will be beneficial. This might not be entirely true. Green tea contains strong antioxidants and polyphenols which can increase the stomach acid. After long hours of fasting, drinking green tea first will increase the stomach acid, which can result in disturbed digestion. 

Don’t have green tea before going to bed -

One must not consume green tea just before going to bed as it contains caffeine and is diuretic. Though green tea contains relatively less caffeine as compared to other teas, even this lower caffeine content may affect one’s ability to sleep. Also, since it is diuretic, consuming it before going to bed will disturb your sleep. Therefore, it is advised that you consume green tea at least one to two hours before going to bed. This will help you burn fat even as you are asleep.

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