It’s Tea Time
Here’s why you should add tea to your daily routine
Fact of life: every day, you wake up with high levels of cortisol (aka the stress hormone). These levels change as you get into the rhythm of your day — it dips mid-afternoon, and drops when you are ready to go to bed. This is the natural behavior of our bodies and we try our best to manage these levels as we go through our day.
So when you find yourself loaded with tasks, you tend to resort to caffeine-ridden drinks to stay energized. This is not a good habit because caffeine stays in our system for an average of five hours. And the more caffeine we drink, the more we alter our body’s natural process. Research indicates that too much caffeine can have adverse effects like restlessness to muscle tremors.
In today’s busy world, researchers at the University of Surrey suggest getting into the tea habit. Tea is the antidote to make you feel better and energized even on a hectic day.
Coffee has health benefits, but the caveat is higher caffeine and acid, which should be limited — Kevin Borowsky, vice president of The Whistling Kettle
The Origin of Tea
Legend has it that tea was discovered by Emperor Shennong in ancient China. The mythical emperor was resting under a Camellia tree when he noticed dried leaves fall into his cup of hot water. He took a sip, found the taste refreshing, and invented the first cup of tea.
Benefits of Drinking Tea For The Digital Worker
There’s a solid body of research that shows how tea improves your overall well-being — having a sound mind and a healthy body helps boost your personal productivity. Find out why tea is good for you.
Tea perks you up — in a healthy way
Tea contains an amino acid called L-Theanine that balances the stimulating effects of caffeine. You stay alert without feeling jittery. Tea is the only drink that naturally contains caffeine and L-Theanine. Monks drank tea to stay focused for long hours of meditation.
A cup of green tea contains 25 mg of caffeine, a cup of black tea contains 42 mg, and a cup of brewed coffee contains 108 mg.
Tea promotes better eye health
Scientists say that tea contains a high concentration of disease-fighting antioxidants called catechins that protect against common eye diseases like glaucoma. Drinking tea keeps your eyes healthy, especially if you spend long hours using a computer.
Tea helps get your creative juices flowing
Another study shows that L-Theanine increases alpha brain wave activity. During this time, our brains focus on our task and blocks out distractions. This is especially important for creative thinking.
Tea reduces anxiety
Drinking tea relieves anxiety and puts you in a better your mood. The pleasing scent of tea, herbs, or flowers tickle your senses in a positive way. Tea is great for “restoration of function” especially if you’re feeling stressed out.
“Drinking black tea may speed up our recovery from the daily stresses in life,” — Dr. Andrew Steptoe
The Evolution of Tea: What’s a Tisane?
Tisane is an uncommon term that people use to refer to tea, but it’s one worth mentioning. A tisane (ti-zahn) is a cup of tea using different parts of a plant (flowers, barks, roots, seeds).
Tisanes offer different flavors to every tea drinker, and some of the popular variations include:
- Leaf: lemongrass, mint, verbena
- Flower: lavender, rose, chamomile
- Seed: fennel, cardamom, pumpkin seed
- Bark: cinnamon, willow bark
- Root: chicory, ginger, turmeric
- Fruit: apple, peach, blueberry
In The Mood For Tea?
Here are some tea choices to suit the mood you’re in.
Green tea gives you energy without the jitters. Chai is another excellent option, as black tea contains a healthy dose of caffeine that boosts your energy.
Passionflower boosts the brain’s level of the neurotransmitter GABA, so your brain doesn’t focus on the things that are stressing you out. When you’re worried, a cup of Jasmine tea offers a moment of reprieve. Taking in the fragrance of Jasmine tea can reduce your heart rate and help you relax.
If you’re traveling, keep Ginger and Fennel tea close by. Both plants contain oil compounds that prevent nausea and motion sickness. Meanwhile, Peppermint tea helps speed up your metabolism and prevents any stomach discomfort. Many people drink Peppermint tea after a meal to prevent feeling bloated.
If you feel a cold or headache coming on, choose any citrus blend tea. Lemon tea with ginger has antiseptic properties that can support the body’s natural defenses.
To counter the energy boost early in the day, various teas and tisanes help with sleep when it’s time to wind down. Chamomile, Rooibos, and Lavender combat mild insomnia. These plants contain a sleep-promoting amino acid called Tryptophan.
Whether you need a drink to boost your mood or improve the quality of your health, there’s always a tea bag ready to meet your needs. Not only does tea have proven health benefits — it can also make you more productive while enjoying a flavorful cup anytime of the day.
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