What is your tea drinking style? Sitting near a fireplace on a cold winter day? It is romantic and fairytale-like. Actually there are many pragmatic reasons to have a cuppa. It is a better choice than coffee for regular use.
The positive effects of tea are mainly due to its two ingredients: theanine and EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate). EGCG is one of the most powerful antioxidants. It protects you from heart disease. Theanine is an amino acid. It provides feeling of relaxation as it stimulates the production of alpha brain waves.
The bio-chemical substances and detailed explanation of their effects is beyond the scope of the article. Let us concentrate on the positive effects of this magical drink, shall we 🙂
The theanine found in green tea calms you down and helps with focus and concentration.
In combination with caffeine the feeling of concentration lasts longer than with caffeine alone. Theanine naturally increases your serotonin levels and the effect is better than if you drink coffee.
Hydrates Your Body
Every cell in your body needs enough water content. In high doses caffeine dehydrates you. On the contrary, tea hydrates you with the added benefit of oxidants. And you still get some caffeine! Caffeine overdose from it might only occur if you drink 8 or more cups daily.
Regulates Body Temperature
Your body temperature slightly changes during the day round. It drops significantly at night but there is also a slight drop in the afternoon. The result is sleepiness. To cope with the afternoon productivity slump, a cup of tea might be exactly what you need. It slightly increases your body temperature.
Contains Enough Caffeine
People who take coffee on a regular basis have experienced the negative effects of its overuse. Some people do not like coffee and have experienced negative effects just trying it once. But most of the people need a caffeine kick from time to time. Tea could be your best option to achieve that. It contains less caffeine than coffee. The concentration is usually two-three times less. The result is that you administer caffeine much slower with added benefit of other bioactive substances.
Having a cup of black tea after stressful event reduces the stress hormone cortisol. Drinking it four times a day for several weeks reduces your overall cortisol levels.
The antioxidants in the tea strengthen collagen and elastin. These are found in the white tea. All these are factors in the development of lines and wrinkles. The antioxidants keep not only the skin but also your joints younger.
Time to Pause and Reflect on Things
Last but not the least. Stop, take some time, prepare cup of tea and enjoy it. Getting a break and relaxing is not waste. You need some time to reflect on things that happen to you. Celebrate success, even small achievements and learn from mistakes.
“Drink your tea slowly and reverently” – Thich Nhat Hanh.