Making a Switch from Coffee to Tea

In my life as a working adult, coffee is a staple energizer and indulging drink when I feel tired or simply need an energy boost. I have a penchant for strong coffee and seldom use cream or milk for my drink. However, in the past years, I have had increased difficulty in sleeping and there have been times that drinking coffee is making me sleepy, especially when I drink during afternoons. I am guilty of the fact that I do drink coffee a lot more than I should and especially since I suffer with acid reflux.  So, I made decision to switch from coffee to tea.

Before deciding to switch I read up on tea benefits and here’s a few that I found:

  • Tea is good for detoxification

Like coffee, tea is also abundant with antioxidants which are polyphenols particular catechins and epicatechins. Antioxidants are known for their detoxifying effects and these detoxifying effect of these antioxidants protects cells from free radicals which is linked to the damage that can lead to blood clot formation, atherosclerosis, and cancer. It also aids in skin repair and is often associated with anti-aging.

  • Lowers anxiety

I have read that herbal teas don’t contain caffeine, which is why they’re known for their calming properties. One of the most mentioned tea in blogs and articles is Chamomile tea which was studied in 2016, and found that long-term use of chamomile extracts significantly reduced moderate to severe symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). However, it didn’t prevent future symptoms from occurring. Another is Lavender tea which is already popular for its lovely aroma and mood boosting scent but a study in 2010 also found that it has anxiety reducing properties.

  • Helps to reduce menstrual pain and muscle spasms

A research conducted in 2005, found out rose tea is a safe, readily available, and simple treatment for dysmenorrhea, which female adolescents may take to suit their individual needs. There were also articles about green tea and oolong tea aiding in easing menstrual cramps and a cross-sectional study in 2013-2015, found that consumptions of green tea and possibly oolong tea were associated with a lower prevalence of dysmenorrhea.

Thankfully, I am no stranger to tea and I have a bit of knowledge on what teas I can drink to slowly make the switch. Before switching I made a mental list of what I loved about coffee: 1, Is the rich taste and aroma of the coffee and 2, is the energy it brings out of me. With these two things in mind, I opted to start with green tea latte in the afternoon while still having coffee in the morning and barley tea, whenever I feel like having coffee after having the green tea latte. It is working and it is a good compromise for me at this moment and eventually, I hope I can completely switch from coffee to tea.

Published by Ellie

A fulltime working adult with experience of profiting online through different media from apps to online platforms that offer freelancing services and the like.

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