I must start with a note:
I know perfectly that the best liquid for our body is water.
But, I just cant helpt but craving for other tastier liquid.
Perhaps this so called addiction started when I was little. My dad said that in my early childhood I was left with my grandparents while he pursued his Ph.D study. Money was tight so my grandparents (bless them) mix my milk with tea 😑 well, perhaps it was a sign that later on I will study in a country where milk and tea is very normal 😄
Then during early primary school, I had milk and a stint of coffee as breakfast. Yes, coffee 😂 perhaps because I dont really like drinking milk. At this period I only drink tea when we eat out.
As I grew older though sign of problem start to show. I am prone to allergy. But, it was not as severe. Perhaps because I am still physically active. This went on until I finished my bachelor degree.
When I applied for master degree I have to take medical checkup..it was during this period that I started to notice that I am borderline anemic..My Haemoglobin count (Hb) is always slightly below the normal standard. The doctor said that it is a type of anemia that is not severe, that I can live a normal life as long as I keep a healthy lifestyle. He gave me a vitamin consist of B complex, folic acid and Iron.
It was during my study in England that I fell in love with Tea. Well, when I was little, I have read in Enid Blyton’s Famous Five that the Brits love their afternoon tea. But, during my study I truly succumbed into the British Tea drinking habbit. Of course I took it with milk and sugar. I especially LOVE The English Breakfast. Perhaps, because the tea helped warm my body or because it allowed me to take a break and chatted with my friends. But, I started drinking tea for breakfast, then another 1 – 2 cups depending on the number of tea breaks I take during the day 😄
During this period I felt so healthy because I cycled or walked to campus, I ate healthily and I took the vitamins every day 😊
Upon my return to Indonesia, I still continue my tea drinking habbit. But because English tea is quite pricy, I just drink the local Indonesian Tea.
Then after started working and becoming a mother my lifestyle changed. I exercised less, and perhaps did not have a proper diet. I started having health issues. I was diagnosed with Dengue fever a couple of times…and I often felt exhausted. Again every time I had a blood check the doctor noticed my anemia.
But not until last February that I checked myself to a hematologist. In addition to normal blood test he also asked about my diet. I explained that I drink tea quite a lot..and he said that could be a contributing factor. He said that drinking tea right before or after meal can block my body’s iron absorbtion so he suggest me to stop drinking tea.
It was really really hard going from 2 – 3 cups a day to none! I dont know if its real or not. But I felt various symptoms including fatigue, and of course mood swing 😂 but i managed to do it for 1 month straight.
After a month though I felt that my condition did not improve. I recalled the hematologist said that coffee is better than tea in terms of Iron Inhibition.
So I experiment with instant coffee..I did not take black pure coffee but I tried cappuccino instead. The effect that I felt is quite surprising. I understand now why people use coffee as stimulant. I felt less tired and sleepy. For a week or so, I traded Tea with coffee, cappuccino to be exact.
But another issue starts…I suddenly get lots of pimples. Is it because of the coffee or just hormones? I have no idea.
For now, the battle remains for me. I just take one cup of each in turn. And tried to drink more water, eat healthy food and exercise.
Just out of curiousity I made a poll in my instagram. It is a closed call. At one point team Tea is winning, but in the last minute before the poll is closed, team Coffee take over 👏