The fact that caffeine in beverages and food can cause strain on our kidneys is not really news to us. The main reason is that caffeine is a stimulant and can increase blood pressure in the kidneys as it stimulates blood flow. Exacerbated chronic kidney failure in obese and diabetic rats is due to long-term consumption of caffeine and also causes stones to form by the high calcium excretion in urine. Caffeine can make our lungs contract 30% faster than they should and this has an undesirable effect on our breathing rate. Caffeine intake can also cause pancreatitis or diabetes when you intake too much caffeine; it can decrease bone density and increase fibrocystic diseases in women and can also cause liver damage.
Thats why teas are now decaffeinated, and although it does not take all the caffeine out of the tea, it lessens it 90 to 97%.
What are the benefits of drinking decaf green tea?
If you drink green tea regularly you will enjoy many of the health benefits that come along with this drink. One of the best benefits is the ability to have a lower blood pressure simply by drinking green tea regularly. It has been shown that people who drink half a cup to two and a half cups a day can reduce their risk of high blood pressure by up to 46%. If you increase the amount of green tea that is consumed to over two and a half cups a day you can decrease the risk of high blood pressure by up to 65%.
Decaf green tea is also very well known for its help in weight loss, increasing exercise endurance and the muscles ability to burn fatty acids. It is also an appetite suppressant, regulates blood glucose levels and increases your metabolism. Pregnant women can drink decaf green teas although moderation is still needed.
How To Decaffeinate Green Tea At Home
Pour one to two inches of boiling water over the tea leaves depending on whether you are decaffeinating in a tea cup or tea pot. Steep the tea for 30 to 45 seconds then stir the tea leaves. Remove the initial water, strain, and add water again. The temperature of the water will depend on what tea you are going to use. For green tea boil the water 180 to 185 degrees Fahrenheit for two to three minutes, and then steep for a longer time. To have stronger flavor you can add lemon, honey, or sugar. You can also cool if you prefer to enjoy iced tea.
Remember decaffeinated tea is not totally caffeine-free - it is only 90 to 97% less. While your body will not be able to tell the difference in taste, you will notice some positive health benefits from drinking caffeine free tea .