Does that caffeine buzz have you going this morning and every morning? Does that jittery feeling create anxiety and stress in your morning routine? Want to get off coffee but don’t know how to remove it from your daily diet? The answer is here! Switch up your routine and substitute coffee for herbal tea and see how many ways it can improve your health and your life.
There are plenty of reasons to want to reduce or eliminate coffee from your diet. The effects extreme amounts of caffeine have on blood pressure are incredibly unhealthy, and that can lead to other heart problems, as well. Coffee stains your teeth, and gives you intensely bad breath. They call it coffee breath for a reason!
Herbal tea is a great alternative. You have a variety of caffeine contents in herbal tea, and you can select how much caffeine you want in your daily diet. If you goal is to reduce caffeine, and perhaps even wean yourself off of the stuff, you can start with a higher caffeine content herbal tea, and slowly choose teas with less caffeine until you’ve practically eliminated it from your diet.
Tea will also help your fitness regiment. If you have weight loss goals as many of my clients do, a lot of teas can actually help to stimulate your metabolism. Also, having a cup of tea before a workout can help to provide some stimulus to keep you going through that last set. As a personal trainer in Burnaby, we have a fantastic tea shop across from the gym and I recommend all of my clients to introducing tea into their diets to help improve results.
Black, green, and red teas all have varying amounts of caffeine, but herbal teas such as chamomile, mint, and fruit teas have no caffeine content at all. And these aren’t chemically decaffeinated with unnatural ingredients through a scientific process – they’re naturally caffeine-free.
You can still enjoy the morning or afternoon ritual of a warm beverage in a mug to get you through whatever you need to do, but now with the added benefit that it isn’t raising your blood pressure or affecting your dental health. Teas have other health benefits too. Chamomile soothes irritation, mint calms an upset stomach, and ginger teas help sore throats.
Tea won’t stain your teeth like coffee will. Even black tea doesn’t have the same effect that coffee does. While cream helps in that department, binding some of the tannins from coffee, it still will stain your teeth after years of consumption. Tea won’t do it, and doesn’t leave a nasty aftertaste. You won’t be afraid to have a close conversation or smile at someone at the office after you drink a mug of hot herbal tea!
Whether you take your tea with cream and sugar or straight up, it is a solid alternative to coffee. Even if you can’t ditch your morning coffee routine, consider changing up your afternoon hot drink to tea and see what it does for your health, your heart, and your mood.