Switch Coffee For Tea and Relax Your Heart

tea-womanDoes 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.

My Morning Routine

Morning Routine

What do the Simpsons have with this post? Just about nothing but I liked this image.

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!

Iced Tea – Are there Health Benefits?

Iced Tea Health

We all love Iced tea, especially on warm days and in summer time. There are so many varieties of iced tea available all over the world and it is one of the most popular beverage, which you can almost order on any restaurants anywhere in the world. Iced tea not only refreshes you, it also contains a number of benefits to keep you kicking hard and maintain a healthy body.

How iced tea came into existence? There is one story that goes like this… It was 1904 in St. Louis Exhibition; a tea exhibitor can’t allure anyone to his steaming beverage, probably because of the heat. People drove past his wares and they seem to be uninterested with a warm drink on a sunny day. Then, a flashy light bulb appeared on top of his head and he borrowed an ice from a nearby ice cream stand, now that beverage he created was one of the most famous drinks all over the world, which is commonly called as iced tea.

Tea – One of the Healthiest Drink in the World

We all know that teas are rich in antioxidants and it helps us clear out the body from disgusting toxins and other harmful substances. However, warm tea does have more benefits than cold tea, but that doesn’t mean you’d drink a hot and steamy tea under intense heat. You can have the benefits of “normal tea” from iced tea, only a bit less efficient. The main point with this is that it’s a better alternative than drinking a cold can of soda or similar beverages, which contain high amount of sugar and artificial ingredients that could lead to several chronic diseases like diabetes.

Benefits of Iced Tea – Lovely Drink for a Lovely Health

If you will be opting for an iced tea, it’s better to take the unsweetened one, but it still depends if you are willing to take an unsweetened. What’s the difference? Unsweetened has less calories. If you’d like, you might want to add raw sugar or honey to sweeten it. There is not so much difference at all, if you are concerned.

Here are some of the benefits of iced tea:

  • Iced tea is better than sodas and other carbonated drink. It could have the same thirst quenching power, but healthier alternative
  • Iced tea helps combat cavities and bad breath.
  • It contains several minerals and antioxidants which can help fight several chronic diseases
  • It can help people with body stress level
  • It can help people addicted to caffeine by lowering their intake (though tea do still have caffeine contents, only lesser)
  • Chill you out on a warm day

Iced tea is a healthy and better alternative than those of soda and other unhealthy beverages.