If you wake up in the morning feeling groggy, chances are you make yourself a steaming cup of coffee to help you out. Many people who have come to depend on coffee every morning think of it as an absolute miracle drink but the truth is, it might be causing you more problems than it’s solving! Coffee can cause changes in your sleep patterns, raise your blood pressure, stain your teeth and even make it more difficult to absorb certain vitamins and minerals.
So what’s the healthy alternative? Tea! And the best news is that it may not be so hard to make the switch, especially because certain teas have higher natural caffeine levels than others so you can even work your way down to a herbal tea at your own pace. Here are the 10 top reasons to swap your morning cup of coffee for tea:
1) Tea is fantastic at hydrating the body and replenishing your fluid intake.
Tea won’t only help you wake up in the morning, but it has the added benefit of generally being just pure H2O, making it much more beneficial to sip down some tea (hot or cold) on a hot summer day as it’ll replace any fluids you’ve lost through sweating. It also means that it’s fantastic for your skin because it will get you hydrated quicker. Starting out your day with a cup of tea guarantees that you’re already off to a good and healthy start to the day!
2) Tea has been shown in studies to help reduce the chances of developing certain kinds of cancers and tumours.
The scientific evidence for this statement remains a bit unsure, but the fact that tea has been linked to improving your health since legendary Chinese emperor Shennong wrote about it almost five thousand years in an almanac surely means something!
3) Tea will keep you going for longer.
As we mentioned earlier, different kinds of teas have different levels of caffeine (hint: a black chai tea will have higher levels of caffeine than a naturally caffeine-free herbal tea). For those of us who are looking to make the switch from coffee to tea in the morning, here’s the great news about black tea:
It has the same amount of caffeine as coffee, and while both are stimulants, coffee has a much bigger depressing effect (not making you sad but reducing your energy levels) than tea, meaning that while both tea and coffee will give you a bigger rush of caffeine, with coffee, the high will also last shorter and drop quicker. If you’re wanting something to keep you going through the work day, tea is therefore the best choice!
4) It’s easier than making coffee.
If using the bobuCuisine glass tea pot globe, one just simply has to insert the loose leaf tea into the infuser and pour hot water into the tea pot for it to brew. Bonus: the cozy that comes with will help keep your tea warm for longer so you can take your time enjoying your new favorite tea!
5) There are a ton of antioxidants in tea, much more than you're likely to get in any cup of coffee.
These powerful substances prohibit (and in some cases even prevent) the oxidation of other molecules in the body. The benefits of antioxidants are very important to good health, because if free radicals are left unchallenged, they can cause a wide range of illnesses and chronic diseases. In short, antioxidants keep you looking fresh, feeling great and tea has an abundance of them!
6) Tea can help you shed some unwanted pounds.
Research has shown that green tea might be a great aid in helping people who want to lose weight. Green tea helps kick start your metabolism and is also a practically calorie-free drink alternative as opposed to downing soft drinks to quench your thirst. Plus you can’t really add much to tea to give it extra calories. The next time you visit a coffee shop, look over at the menu and check out how many options there are that can be ultra-fattening to put on top of your coffee (example: heavy cream).
7) Tea also happens to be pretty good for your teeth.
That is, when in comparison to coffee. Drink too much tea, and we’re talking a lot here, and you’re getting too much fluoride in there. Drink a reasonable amount and you’re fine and unlike coffee, you don’t have the unwarranted side effect of discolouration when it comes to drinking a lot of your favourite cup of coffee.
8) It can also protect your bones.
A recent study found that people who drank tea on a regular basis had stronger bones and were less likely to develop osteoporosis thanks to the high levels of tea catechins. In addition, another study found that drinking tea helps promote healthy bone formation. Having a cup of tea can be beneficial to keeping your bones strong.
9) Tea can help reduce stress.
The thing with drinking coffee is that it can make you quite jittery. Tea, on the other hand, has also been found to work as an anti-depressant, meaning that taking a cup next time you’re feeling a little low might just help boost your mood.
10) Tea can help strengthen your immune system.
Drinking tea may help keep the doctor away! Tea boosts the body’s defenses against infection and contains a substance that some researchers say might even be turned into a drug to protect against disease. Coffee does not have the same effect.
A component in tea was found in laboratory experiments to prime the immune system to attack invading bacteria, viruses and fungi, according to a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
A second experiment, using human volunteers, showed that immune system blood cells from tea drinkers responded five times faster to germs than did the blood cells of coffee drinkers. All the more reasons to swap your cup of coffee for tea!