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Five Negative Health Effects From Drinking Too Much Iced Tea

Go easy on the sweetener!

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On warm summer days, there’s nothing more refreshing than a glass of iced tea to quench your thirst and get that sweet fix. It’s a healthy beverage and it cools you down, but did you know too much of it is not good for the health?

Although drinking tea can bring benefits to health, sweet or iced tea can also bring risks. But how much iced tea is bad for you? There has been a reported case of a man who drank about a gallon of iced tea – 16 glasses of it every day – who then started to experience negative consequences to his health.

Drinking sixteen glasses is already way too much, especially when there’s sugar in it, as in the case of sweetened iced tea. Here are five health effects that you may experience when you drink a lot of sweetened or iced tea.

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Diabetes

You might feel less guilty since you’ve managed to avoid sodas and substitute your drink for a much healthier one – tea. However, you tend to put loads of artificial sweetener in it – which is basically the same thing. You might want to start rethinking your sweetening habits and experts advise using natural sweeteners, like honey, instead.

Kidney Stones

Your kidneys are also among the most likely to be affected when drinking excessive amounts of iced tea. Last year, CBS News reported about a man who had kidney failure, the cause of which was traced to excessive drinking of iced tea.

Cardiovascular Disease

Don’t forget that tea (especially black types) contains caffeine and drinking lots of it would greatly affect your cardiovascular system.

“All black teas are caffeinated, which is not great if you have high blood pressure or a fast heart rate — it can make things worse,” Suzanne Steinbaum, DO, the director of Women’s Heart Health at Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City told Everyday Health.

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Obesity
Since you’ll be loading on sweeteners for your healthier alternative drink, you can still gain a lot of weight. Popular brands of the beverage usually have at least 250 calories for each serving and surprisingly, it contains higher amounts of sugar compared to most soda brands.

Stroke
Who knew that drinking iced tea can be dangerous that it can contribute to stroke? Sweetened tea tends to increase your sugar intake, which consequently leads to high levels of triglycerides. This will then increase your risk of experiencing stroke.

Yes, tea is a healthier beverage compared to sodas but if you wish to sweeten it, use sugar or sweeteners sparingly. More importantly, drink in moderation; a few times a week shouldn’t hurt.

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12 Unusual Objects Used as Money

Would life be easier if you were able to pay using candy? Or cheese? Yep, they’re considered currency in other countries!

We can all agree that money makes the world go round. No matter the currency, as long as it’s money that can be used to transact and do business, everything is just swell. The value of course depends on its impact in the world market today. Money, in general, makes payments and transactions smoother and easier to do.

Before there were coins, cheques, and paper money, people had to use different objects in order to do business. No “money”, no food or payment for work done. Ancestors used to trade different commodities and objects for stuff they were in need of. These strange types of money are no longer used by the majority today, but you will be surprised that they were of significant value before:

12. Fish

12. Fish

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Science Proves Seeing The Ocean is Good for Your Mental Health

Get a dose of “vitamin Sea” for some peace of mind.

There’s just something soothing about the ocean. No matter how busy you get at work, once you go to the beach, hear the waves and feel the sea breeze, you’ll feel peace from within.

It turns out that there exists a link between ocean or sea view and mental health, according to a new scientific study. The study, published in the journal Health & Place, was conducted by scientists at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, together with researchers from Michigan State University. It found that having an increased view of nature helps in lowering psychological distress.

To get to their findings, researchers looked into 450 individuals from Wellington city. These people were given different blue and green spaces from different residential locations within the city. For the blue space, the subjects were given the view of the Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea. For the green space, they had green parks and grassy, sports field as their view.

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Want to Have Good Skin? Avoid Eating These Foods

A healthy, glowing and clear skin depends on what you don’t eat. Put down that slice of cake now.

Your skin is the largest organ of the body. And the one most exposed as well. That’s why doctors have always told us time and again to take care of our skin. Apart from using only hypo-allergenic products, food plays an integral part on having flawless, smooth and glowing skin.

Yep, the food you eat or don’t eat greatly affects your overall health, and that includes your skin. Feed it junk and you end up getting dry, scaly and itchy skin that signals something is also wrong with your internal organs. Ingest veggies and fruits and you’ll notice that inner glow.

Skin care experts and dermatologists have revealed the top 9 common foods you need to give up for a clearer complexion:

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