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Be it a friend’s wedding or our desire to fit in a dress from college, the first step to a fitter you, is including green tea to your diet. While many studies have proved its worth plenty of times, there are certain guidelines to keep in mind if you wish to get the most from this magical tea. The ideal consumption of green tea is between two to five cups everyday and should be kept in mind. Here are some dos and dont's to lookout for when consuming green tea:

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Don’t have green tea right after your meal: One of the biggest misconceptions of consuming green tea is that having it right after your meal will magically banish all the calories you just had. Fact alert: Since the proteins of your foods are yet to be digested by the body, drinking green tea right after your meal can harm this process and hence should be avoided at all costs.

Don’t have green tea super hot: Drinking your green tea when it is super hot not only makes it tasteless but can end up hurting your stomach and throat. Have your green tea warm for best results.

Since green tea recharges and detoxifies the system, some people think having green tea first thing in the morning is a safe bet. That is not entirely true. After hours of fasting, you should be having something light and soothing that wakes up your metabolism. Green tea contains strong antioxidants and strong polyphenols which can increase the production of stomach acid and disturb the digestion. It is ideal if you have it between meals or post having food.

Don’t add honey to your green tea when it’s hot: Most of us love adding honey to green tea because it is a healthy alternative to sugar and it tastes good. However, if you add honey to a boiling cup of green tea, chances are that the nutritive value of honey will get destroyed. Hence, let your green tea’s temperature settle down a bit, then add cinnamon, honey, whatever it is you wish to add.

Don’t take medicines with green tea: Many people pop in their pills with their morning cup of green tea. This can be extremely harmful as the chemical composition of your pill can get mixed with your green tea leading to acidity. Therefore, it is recommended that you take your pills with regular water rather than any substance.

Just because green tea is healthy doesn't mean you can go on to have endless number of cups in a day. Just like tea or coffee, green tea also contains caffeine. Overdoing your caffeine consumption through the day can have harmful side-effects including headache, lethargy, sluggishness, anxiety, irritability as well as anxiety. Moderation your consumption is important. Having too much of green tea is also said to reduce iron absorption in the body. Make sure you stick to 2-3 cups a day and don't overdo it.

Don’t seep the green tea leaves for too long: The habit of seeping your green tea leaves for too long will not extract more nutrients from the leaves than it already contains. This is not only toxic but will also turn the flavour of your tea bitter.

Don’t try too many artificial flavours added in green teas: The market is loaded with variations of green tea. There are plenty available just to attract your palate. Some of the green teas are also artificially flavoured just to make them more ‘sale-able’. It is better to stick to natural flavoured green teas to maximise the benefits of this power drink.

Don’t rush while drinking your green tea: While going to office, we maybe in a rush to finish our tea. However, doing so is wrong as it won’t serve its purpose of giving alertness to your brain and giving the additional benefits of increasing metabolic rate. Drinking your tea while at rest is the best way of consuming green tea.

Don’t add two green tea bags at the same time: Some of us have the practice of putting two green tea bags in the same cup thinking that it will burn more calories and hence, help us lose weight. Adding two green tea bags on a daily basis can lead to digestion issues and also acidity

Keep your green tea bags in tins or porcelain containers to maintain its taste: Indian weather conditions are such that storing green tea bags in an open container is a bad idea. This is because the nutritive value of your green tea bag can severely diminish if it is in constant exposure to air.

Have your green tea at an appropriate temperature: As specified earlier, it is advised to consume green tea at a lukewarm or warm temperature to reap maximum benefits. Therefore, stick to having your green tea at a proper temperature, not too hot or too cold.

Have your green tea for better metabolic rate: Green tea is known to increase your metabolic rate and subsequently increase your activity and ultimately burn more calories. Therefore, including two cups of green tea in your daily diet can help you massively.

Have green tea in the morning: Our desi Indian chai has plenty of its own benefits. However, if you’re in the habit of munching biscuits with your chai every morning, turn to green tea. Green tea serves as a better motivation to a healthier start of your day.

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