I love tea. Really really love it. It's the first thing that passes my lips in the morning, it makes me feel comforted and soothed, to me it's (to use a revolting cliché) a hug in a mug. And I drink quite a lot of it. Anything from 3-4 mugs a day to sometimes clear of 10.
There's never been a reason for me to give up tea. I won't say caffeine here because the only significant source of caffeine I take in is tea. I don't drink colas and very rarely have coffee (not a great fan of the taste, though the smell can be glorious). Why should I give up tea? What measurable detrimental effect does it have on me, vs. the enjoyment I get from drinking it? I actually have no idea.
I accidentally gave up tea once, when I started at
university. Moving from an environment where tea was drunk several times a day, by
the pot, at home to one where it wasn't around and
available and quite often made by someone else, I had to go out of my
way to have tea. I'd bought bags and milk and there was a kettle in the
halls kitchen, but I just didn't get around to making any. That lasted
for about a week, over which I had increasing headaches, crankiness and
crabbiness to the point where I was pretty much a total bitch to
everyone. Then I had a cup of tea at the weekend and it all got
better. The penny dropped and I got back to drinking tea several times a
So, back to the detrimental effects... I don't know that I'm suffering any because I've never known any differently. You know when you've been ill for a few days and then you get better and you realise how rotten you'd been feeling by how great you feel now? Well, that could be it. Maybe I could feel better than I do now. I'm not saying I don't feel good, but what if it might be that I could feel great? Wouldn't that be something? Something worth a few weeks (at least) off tea to find out?