More often than not, I will wake up with a scratchy or irritated throat. I’m not exactly sure why, but I find myself needing something hot and soothing in the morning to start the day of right. As I’m sleepily making my way into the kitchen, it would be just as convenient to make a pot of coffee, but as my very weak stomach likes to remind me often, coffee goes right through me. Every time I drink coffee, my stomach is grumbling and aching for hours after.
So for my hot and soothing desire for my throat and my need to wake up and start my day calls for one essential ingredient: tea and lots of it! I’m a huge tea person, and it wasn’t until recently that I was introduced into the large world of teas. There are so many different teas that are complementary for different issues. For example, you’d drink a different strain a tea before going to bed and in the morning.
It can be overwhelming a bit at first, so I decided to do my research and see what benefits I wanted from my tea. There are many benefits from drinking tea such as teas that are rich in antioxidants can reduce your chance of cancer. The tea’s poluphenols may reduce gastric, esophageal, and skin cancer risks if one consumers 4 to 6 cups daily. Another study showed that with drinking only two cups a ay may even lower the risk of ovarian cancer by 46 percent in women! Some even lower cholesterol level, and prevents heart disease. Really, the list of health benefits of tea goes on and on.
After looking online for a tea that suites all my needs, and trying out a couple, I decided that my go-to tea was green tea. To be honest, green tea personally can be a bit bland just on its own, so I often find myself buying green tea bags that are infused with pomegranate or passion fruit to give a sweeter taste.
Green tea contains caffeine and usually a cup of tea contains about 30 to 60 mg of caffeine. This amount is low compared to about 120 mg of caffeine present in a cup of home-brewed coffee. This is perfect for the morning without having too much caffeine or a crash later.
As my green tea sits brewing, not having the full flavor I like just yet, I drink a glass of lemon water. While it may not taste like Granny’s iced tea, lemon water is a fantastic way to add some pep to your step in the morning hours. There a ton of benefits of drinking lemon water in the morning and a practice I strongly recommend everyone begins. Make sure you do it on an empty stomach!
After my lemon water, I sip my green tea on the way to Sweet Tea office!