5 Downsides Of Drinking Tea On An Empty Stomach

Are you amongst those thousands of people who have tea first thing in the morning? It's time you give up on this not-so healthy morning ritual. Nutritionist Nmami Agarwal tells why.

5 Downsides Of Drinking Tea On An Empty Stomach

Drinking tea on an empty stomach may be the top cause of acidity


  1. Having tea on an empty stomach can inhibit absorption of nutrients
  2. It may cause acidity and constipation
  3. Tea contains traces of nicotine and can be addictive in nature

Do you love your morning tea? You are not alone! There are numerous people who start their day with tea on an empty stomach. However, drinking a caffeinated beverage such as tea first thing in the morning might not be the best thing to do. Now, if you are someone who just can't do without a cup of tea every morning, and feels acidic all the time... well, you know who to blame! Apart from being one of the top causes of acidity, morning tea can result in washing out of bacteria right from your mouth to your gut. In the gut, it interferes with good bacteria, and might disrupt your metabolism and upset stomach.

Highlighting everything that is wrong with having morning tea is nutritionist Nmami Agarwal on Instagram. She gives the following reasons for not starting your day with tea.

5 reasons why you must avoid starting your day with tea

1. Having tea first thing in the morning can disturb your acid and alkaline balance.

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2. Tea contains a chemical known as theophylline, which can have a dehydrating effect on stool, and cause constipation. A healthy fibrous diet and exercise may together not be so effective in preventing constipation if you have tea first thing in the morning... that's your answer!


Having tea on an empty stomach may be the reason you have acidity and constipation
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3. Having tea first thing in the morning can inhibit absorption of other nutrients.

4. What's more is that tea contains traces of nicotine, which might be the reason you feel addicted to the beverage.


Tea contains traces of nicotine and can be addictive in nature
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Thus, it's time to give up this habit altogether. Celebrity nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar says that you can begin your day with plain water. You can have it 15 to 20 minutes after waking up. You can have a fruit after having water, and then maybe have tea or coffee after the next 15 to 20 minutes.

Initially, giving up this habit which you have been following for years might be difficult, but definitely not impossible. If you are amongst those exercise in the morning, you can have a handful of nuts and seeds or a fruit before exercising.

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(Nmami Agarwal is nutritionist at Nmami Life)

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