With the abundance of Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks at every corner, it’s no secret that our society loves their morning brew. While delicious, too much coffee is not necessarily good for you. People have been making the switch from coffee beans to tea leaves and have noticed a difference in many aspects of their mind and body health.
For anyone who has been addicted to coffee, they can attest that it’s a hard habit to kick. For some, it may be about taste but for others it’s about their caffeine habit or addiction. A caffeine headache can turn any good day into a bad day very fast.
Tea has caffeine (anywhere from 35-90 mg per cup depending on the leaf), albeit less than coffee (150+ mg per cup), so it will keep you alert. Coffee, like most things, is good in moderation. It can help you stay focused, lower risk of type II diabetes, improve mood, and help you lose weight. However, too much coffee can be toxic and can cause insomnia.
Tea is packed with antioxidants, catechins, and polyphenols. Antioxidants are man-made or natural substances that may prevent or delay some types of cell damage. The antioxidants found in tea can protect against heart disease, skin issues, ostheoporsis, diabetes, artheroslerozis, Parkinsons, protect teeth against infections and decay and fight against aging.
Just like coffee it can also help you lose weight, especially green tea. Because you can put almost anything in tea, there’s endless choices for your cup. You may also notice while strolling through the tea section that there’s tea blended specially for pregnant women, to release stress, for healthy skin, for stomach issues and many more.
If you’re not willing to give up your cup of joe, at least try integrating more tea into your daily caffeine routine. You’ll be happy you did!