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Through elimination I took all green tea products out of my diet, it didn't seem to matter on brand. I used to have to 2 cups in the a.m. and have soiled underwear later in the day.

Since I don't drink it anymore, I don't have any spots. Anyone have any idea why? I looked it up on the web and can't find anything. I was trying to follow the "drink green tea for your health" advise.

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were you drinking *pure* green tea? was it flavored? did you add milk/sugar/etc.? do you drink anything else that contains caffeine? are you bothered by other teas (black, white, herbal, rooibos)?

it's certainly possible to be sensitive to tea - particularly true tea (camelia sinensis) or herbal teas (though usually not *all* pure herbal teas), but it's not terribly common, especially with the reaction you observed. obviously, honoring what your body is bothered by is important, but it's probably worth checking to see if there was something else involved in your 'tea time' that could contribute, for thoroughness.

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Yep, pure green tea and nothing added-also decaffinated!

I'm sure it's just me!

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Yep, pure green tea and nothing added-also decaffinated!

I'm sure it's just me!

do you know how it was decaffeinated? my dad used to have problems with regular decaf coffee - something to do with the processing. there was one brand he could have, because it was processed differently. have you tried regular, non-decaffeinated tea? (white tea, for instance, is the same plant, and has a third of the caffeine that green tea has (which is a third of what a cup of coffee has :P).)

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I have no idea why but green tea always makes me sick (nausea and vomiting). I can drink all other teas- white, black, gluten-free flavored but green tea gets me every time.

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I have no idea why but green tea always makes me sick (nausea and vomiting). I can drink all other teas- white, black, gluten-free flavored but green tea gets me every time.

Me too. I know green tea has a good dose of theanine, (I think I spelled that right). I had the same effect when I took a theanine supplement. It is supposed to be good for stress and anxiety and I thought I'd give it a try. I wonder if some people just can't handle the theanine?

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Thank you, thank you all for your posts! I thought I was crazy! I too can drink any other tea decaf or caffinated. I was drinking it for health reasons, and not feeling any of the benfit. I have since tried black, which I think is also healthy.

Found this side effect, thanks ravenwoodglass for showing me where to look:

Theanine is related to glutamine, the most abundant naturally occurring amino acid produced by the human body. Other sources of glutamine include chicken, eggs, spinach and beans.s.

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as mtndog mentioned, you might try white tea - it has higher levels of polyphenols than green tea (which has higher levels than black). but if black is what you (and your body) likes... well, it sounds like a match. ;)

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soy lecithin was in one green tea I looked at. I also had to give away my blueberry tea because it was also included in the ingredients. I unfortunately react to soy lecithin.

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