Tea

Tea… the most widely consumed beverage in the world next to water doesn’t get the credit it deserves here in the United States.

We love making a big pot of coffee and drinking it by noon, not putting a tea bag in a mug and waiting for it to steep. Tea has some really great qualities, and though it may never become the norm in the American workplace everyone should at least try substituting tea as their daily caffeinated drink.

Here are 4 Reasons to give Tea a Try

1) Less Caffeine than Coffee

Wait? Shouldn’t less Caffeine be a reason NOT to drink Tea.

Not at all, think about it, getting that alert feeling from coffee is great,but the jitters and eventual afternoon crash are not.

Tea has enough caffeine to wake you up and keep you alert, but not enough that you’ll get over-caffeinated. Once you get used to substituting tea for coffee you’ll come to appreciate the feeling of a slow and steady buzz instead of the intense up and down caused by coffee.

2) Theanine

Along with caffeine, tea contains another psychoactive substance called Theanine.  Theanine helps create a state of relaxed focus when consumed and it slightly counteracts the effects of caffeine. A cup of tea is perfect for work or study, anytime you need to try and get “in the zone.”

There tends to be more L-theanine in higher quality tea and especially green tea, so don’t expect to feel the effects from a bag of cheap Lipton.

3) Antioxidants

You probably know that tea is good for you, but you might not know how good. Tea contains a ton of Antioxidants. Some studies even estimate that tea has 10 times the amount of these disease fighting substances than fruits and vegetables!

4) Variety is the Spice of Life!

Tea comes in more varieties than you can imagine! Besides the obvious distinctions between Green Tea, Black Tea, and Oolong Tea there are also differences between Chinese and Japanese types, as well as when the leaves are picked, and that doesn’t even include the wide world of herbal teas!

 

What’s your favorite benefit of tea? Leave us a comment in our comments section below! 

 

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