Tea During Pregnancy What Everybody Ought To Know

With tea being a source of caffeine its often asked whether its safe to
drink tea in pregnancy.  Although the levels of caffeine in tea are much
lower than in coffee (half in some cases) the delicate balance required
for a babies safe development can all to easily be interrupted.  Never
one to shy away from answering a question I decided to do some homework
and here's the facts...

Although previously it was seen as preferable to cut caffeine entirely
this was only due to a lack of studies and so scientists erred on the
side of caution.  However, there's increasing evidence that moderate
caffeine intake is safe for your developing baby
.

Moderate caffeine intake is about 6 cups of black tea per day.

However, It's often difficult to get an accurate handle on how much
caffeine is in each cup of tea or coffee so the above may not be 100%.
If you want to be completely safe then there's a variety of other paths
to take...

Green tea contains much less caffeine than black tea and so you'll be
safe drinking more.  The average amounts of caffeine in various teas is:

  • US Tea (black): 40mg
  • Imported Tea (black): 60mg
  • Green Tea: 15mg

So unless you have a severe addiction to green tea and can go through 10
cups per sitting - you should be completely safe drinking green tea
during pregnancy.  In fact it could be beneficial to your baby with a
selection of powerful antioxidants.

# Alternatives

# Decaffeinate

When it comes to tea I'd recommend decaffeinating it yourself rather
than getting the decaffeinated variety as they [use powerful solvents to
'wash' the leaves][] of the caffeine and although no health risks have
been associated with this I think its safe to say that washing with
water is much better.

So to get caffeine out of your tea simply steep the tea in warm water
for 30 seconds before making your proper cup of tea with it.  Caffeine
'leeches' out quicker than the flavour so this is a good way to DIY
decaffeinate your tea during pregnancy.

# Herbal

You could also go down the herbal tea route.  Before dismisisng this
because none of the varieties are your beloved tea I'd give them a try
because I've often found a huge variety of nice fruity teas this way.
It opens whole new avenues for you.

# Bad Herbs

What you don't want to do is replace your tea during pregnancy with a
much worse herb or tonic.  So plants such as ephedra (ma huang), cohosh
and mugwort are best left on the shelf.  You should be fine with fruit
teas though.

Eyes and Old Men

If you've never heard of the terms: "Fish Eyes" and "Old Mans Water" then may I enlighten you to an ingenious way of determining the
temperature of your boiling water.

# Shrimp Eyes

This is in reference to the size of the bubbles in the
water.  If they're small - like that of a shrimps eye balls - then
you're at a temperature of 60-70C.

# Fish Eyes

Bigger bubbles like fish eyes are a sign of 75-85C.

# Old Mans Water

This is when the water has lost all its oxygen and
'rolls' in the kettle.  When you get this you've hit 100C.

For the vast majority of uses fish eyes is the best to brew with. 😃

# Number of Boils?

This is also related to the *number of boils" which contrary to the name has nothing to do with the number of boils the water has gone through. It actually has to do with how high the temperature of the water reached. So if you know of this method then a rough translation between these two ways of determing the best temperatures and what to expect from different temperatures of tea are:

  • First Boil: Pre-shrimp eyes
  • Second Boil: Shrimp eyes
  • Third Boil: Fish eyes
  • Fourth Boil: Old mans water - this is when its been over-boiled and its generally not recommended at this point.

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Thank you all for being so patient during this move. 😃

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7 Reasons to Drink Green Tea

Green teas health benefits are well documented but it's sometimes hard to remember exactly what it can do to help your health so
here's 7 of the top reasons to drink green tea:

  1. Cut Cancer Risk - Tea's cancer fighting properties have been
    much touted and it's all about the polyphenols in tea which help
    fight cancerous cells. Especially in the mouth, throat and stomach.
  2. Clear the Skin - Tea has amazing antibacterial and antiviral
    properties and a wet bunch of brewed tea leaves or a used tea bag on
    a cut, graze or infection can do wonders. I've even had it
    recommended by my doctor as an aid to conjunctivitis recovery!
  3. Protect Memory - The free radicals that cause the brain to
    develop diseases like Parkinsons and Alzheimers can be fended off by
    teas powerful anti-oxidants. Again - polyphenols!
  4. Protect Skin - Not only is tea put in skin products for its
    anti-bacterial properties but its also been found to be useful in
    protecting against UV light triggered skin cancer.
  5. Immortality - Well not quite 100%-live-forever but it has been
    shown on numerous occassions that it fights age-related illnesses
    such as furry arteries, heart disease, free radical damage and much
    more.
  6. Lose Weight - Green tea gives your metabolism a boost meaning it
    helps you to keep your ideal weight.
  7. Lower Blood Pressure - People who regularly drink tea have been
    shown to be 50% less likely to develop hypertension.
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