All kinds of dairy products, tea, coffee, and drinks are beverages. Beverages refer to foods that can meet the everyday needs of the human body functions and can be directly consumed. For example, dairy products can supplement calcium, enhance immunity, and strengthen the body. In addition, coffee, green tea, and black tea can refresh the mind.

Although these drinks have many benefits, if you drink them incorrectly, they will not only fail to deliver their original effects but even backfire and threaten your health. Below, I have summarized the drinking guidelines for various beverages such as milk, yogurt, goat milk, coffee, and tea.

Precautions when drinking milk

Pregnant women drinking milk

Be careful with the temperature

The temperature requirement for milk sterilization is not high. It takes 3 minutes at 70°C and 6 minutes at 60°C. If boiled, the temperature reaches 100 ℃, the lactose in the milk will be caramelized, and caramel can cause cancer.

Be careful what you mix with

Milk cannot be eaten with sugar, pineapple, leeks, spinach, red dates, enoki mushrooms, kiwi fruit, etc., which will cause adverse reactions and affect health.

Be careful about your digestive hygiene

People who usually have symptoms such as abdominal distension, farting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea should not drink milk. Although these symptoms are not caused by milk, drinking milk can worsen them.

Don’t expose milk to direct sunlight

It is wrong to put bottled milk in the sun. In the sun, milk may get some vitamin D but lose vitamin B1, vitamin B2, and vitamin C.

Precautions about yogurt

Women eating yogurt

Eat at night for a better calcium supply

Many people think yogurt is best to drink in the morning, but that is not the case. From the perspective of calcium supplementation, yogurt is better to drink at night. Because the human body no longer consumes calcium-containing foods at night.

Don’t too heat yogurt

The yogurt should not be heated at a high temperature because the high temperature will kill the beneficial bacteria in the yogurt. However, if it must be heated and eaten, it is appropriate to keep it at a temperature that is not hot.

Don’t drink empty stomach

Drinking yogurt on an empty stomach is not advisable, especially for people with excessive gastric acid. It is even more unsuitable for drinking yogurt before meals because gastric acid has a bactericidal effect.

Don’t drink with antibiotics

Do not take medicine when drinking yogurt; it is not advisable to take it with antibiotics because these medicines contain substances that will destroy or kill the beneficial bacteria in yogurt.

Precautions when drinking goat milk

Goat milk cup and flower

Don’t drink empty stomach

It is not advisable to drink goat milk on an empty stomach. Drinking goat milk on an empty stomach will speed up gastrointestinal peristalsis. This is because goat milk will be excreted into the intestines before fully digested and absorbed in the stomach. Therefore, you cannot absorb the nutrients in goat milk, and symptoms of gastrointestinal discomfort may even occur.

Don’t heat too high

Using a waterproof or double-layer pot is best when cooking goat milk. The outer pot is filled with water, and the inner pot is filled with goat milk. The temperature should not be too high. If you cook at a high temperature for a long time, it will cause substances to precipitation in the goat milk and reduce its nutritional value.

Try to drink morning or before bed

Drinking goat milk in the morning or before bed at night is best. Drinking goat’s milk in the morning is to supplement enough energy; drinking goat’s milk at night is to promote sleep better.

Consider about intake

Generally, adults can drink 250ml-500ml per day, not more than 1 liter. However, remember that you should also control the amount each time and can’t drink too much at once.

Precautions when drinking tea

Tea cup and book

Liver patients should not drink tea

The liver metabolizes most of the caffeine and other substances in tea. Therefore, if the liver is diseased and drinking too much tea exceeds the liver’s metabolism, it will damage the liver tissue.

Pregnant women should not drink strong tea

Tea contains a lot of tea polyphenols, caffeine, etc., which have many unfavorable factors for the growth of the fetus in the mother’s womb and affect the normal development of the fetus.

Drinking strong tea can not hangover

The caffeine in strong tea has a diuretic effect. Therefore, drinking strong tea after drinking will increase the burden on the kidneys and cause damage, affecting the health of the body.

Do not drink tea immediately after a meal

I reminded you that you don’t drink tea immediately after a meal because the alkaline substances in the tea will neutralize the gastric acid, diluting the gastric juice, which is not conducive to the digestion of food.

Precautions when drinking coffee

Coffee cup and coffee beans

Don’t drink empty stomach

Drinking coffee after breakfast and lunch is best because it can promote gastrointestinal motility, help digestion, and decompose high-calorie and high-fat foods. However, don’t drink coffee on an empty stomach; it will stimulate the stomach.

Consider daily intake

Children aged 4 to 6 should not exceed 45 mg of coffee daily. The upper limit for 7 to 9 years old is 63 mg, and the upper limit for 10 to 12 years old is 85 mg. The daily intake of caffeine per normal adult is limited to 300 mg.

Don’t addict

Do not drink coffee continuously for a long time because drinking coffee is also addictive. In addition, once you continue drinking coffee for too long, you will have a certain dependence on it, adversely affecting your energy.

Don’t drink coffee and wine together

It is best not to eat coffee and wine together, as it is too irritating. The alcohol in wine has a stimulant effect, and the caffeine in coffee also has a strong stimulant effect. Therefore, drinking the two together is very stimulating to people.

Common sense of drinking beverages

The dangers of drinking beverages

Harm to the kidneys

Beverages often contain many minerals, additives, pigments, preservatives, etc. These substances enter the human body to cause damage to the kidneys and increase the risk of kidney stones.

Harm to the stomach

When a person drinks a lot of beverages, the blood vessels of the gastrointestinal tract will contract immediately when they are cold, so that the blood flow of the stomach and intestines, which has little blood flow, becomes less, resulting in gastrointestinal dysfunction.

Harm to teeth

Various additives, flavor enhancers, and organic acids in beverages strongly corrosive human teeth, damaging the protective layer of tooth enamel.

Drinking taboos

The daily drinking amount is about 500 ml. However, do not drink too much or too hastily at one time. Otherwise, it will cause different degrees of flatulence.

It is not advisable to drink beverages before meals because they dilute gastric juice and reduce gastric acid’s digestive and bactericidal ability.

Obese and diabetic patients should not drink artificially because most drinks contain a certain amount of sugar.

When not to drink

After meals

Drinking after meals can easily cause stomach bloating, affecting food digestion and absorption. In severe cases, it can cause acute gastritis and other diseases.

When alternating between hot and cold

If you drink cold drinks and hot tea, your teeth will irritate, which is also terrible for the stomach.

When the throat is congested

When the throat is congested, don’t drink ice drinks, which is prone to symptoms such as acute pharyngitis.

Who can’t drink carbonated drinks

Three carbonated drink bottles

Menstruating women

Carbonated drinks contain a large amount of phosphate, which reacts chemically with iron in the body, making it difficult for the body to absorb iron. Iron deficiency in the human body can easily lead to menstrual fatigue, fatigue, lack of energy, etc.

Menopausal women

During menopause, women are prone to osteoporosis due to the decline of ovarian function and insufficient estrogen secretion. Women in this period should not drink carbonated beverages to avoid further damage to their bones.


Sam Perera, Founder of Stethostalk, is a food safety follower and organic food lover. He has completed the PLANT-BASED NUTRITION Cornell Certificate Program, Cornell University, US. Before this, he worked for a few years in IT services. A dedicated follower of nature, he believes in healing with natural foods. In his free time, he loves Gardening, Blogging, and traveling.