coffee-lovers out there are probably rolling your eyes right now
thinking that nothing in this world will make you say ‘no’ to
that morning cup of joe, but there are a few facts that just might
shift your opinion a bit. It’s true that coffee gives you a great
boost and frankly speaking it tastes great, especially infused with
milky froth and spices, but there are a few drawbacks that outweigh
whatever benefits drinking coffee might have. One way to get a bit
of a caffeine boost without stained teeth, digestive problems, and
disrupted sleep is to switch to drinking tea instead. Here are 7
reasons why you should switch from coffee to tea and a few ways to do
It’s not that
coffee makes you irritated (well sometimes it does), but your stomach
surely feels every sip you take and believe me it’s not happy at
all! Coffee is a known stomach irritant and caffeine is not the only
active component responsible for this. People with sensitive stomachs
experience pain and discomfort, sometimes even diarrhoea. Tea, on the
other hand, works its magic in a much milder way and it’s almost
impossible to overdose on tea as the caffeine in it has a different
chemical structure and affects your body a bit differently.
You can forget
all about a Hollywood-style white smile because with coffee your
teeth will always have a yellowish tint that just never goes away.
Whitening is costly and most of the time hurts the enamel of your
teeth. It is true that some teas also stain your teeth, but not
nearly as much as coffee. Especially if you go for lighter green,
white, and some red teas.
Do you really
like how it tastes?
simple test that will show if you really like the taste of coffee or
you simply drink it for the boost it gives you (er, that smells a bit
like addiction). So, can you drink coffee without milk and sugar?
Does it taste good or you can’t stand it and have to infuse your
cup of pure black coffee with something extra? If you can’t stand
the thought of drinking your coffee black, it’s a sure sign that
you don’t actually like the taste of coffee, which means you can
easily switch to some kind of tea.
Some people are
more sensitive than others, but as a rule if you overdose on coffee
and the caffeine it contains – you’ll feel quite awful, all
jittery, jumpy and there might even be some stomach spasms that
signal that coffee isn’t actually good for you. It’s best to take
a break from this drink and try a milder substitute like Rooibos or
Mate, which are known for their energizing properties.
coffeine are like heaven and hell
Both tea and
coffee are great psychostimulants, but each of them affects you in a
different way. Caffeine in coffee hits you abruptly like a train and
when its effect is gone you feel great physical discomfort. Theine in
tea is much milder (3 cups of tea are equivalent to 1 cup of coffee),
it works its magic slowly and energizes you for a longer period of
time. Green tea is also packed with antioxidants, so it’s actually
healthy to drink it and it’s much harder to overdose on tea than it
is on coffee.
Being a highly
stimulating drink, coffee destroys whatever peace and quiet of mind
you managed to gather and sends you into a rush of excitement,
heightened emotions, and anxiety. If you have a tendency to
experience anxiety in any form, coffee will surely bring it up to the
surface, it reduces levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that is
responsible for your good mood. The less you have it, the more
depressed and anxious you are. Some teas, on the contrary, have a
calming effect, so depending on your mood or needs you can use
different teas, blends, or herbs to boost your health.
Types of teas
to drink instead of coffee
If you like your caffeine strong, you can opt for Guayusa – this tea packs almost the same amount of caffeine and will give you a mild, but strong boost. Yerba Mate is yet another drink that has a highly rejuvenating and energizing effect. Shou Pu-erh tea, when brewed properly, looks much like coffee and has a taste that is a bit similar, but there is less caffeine in it. Among other coffee-like substitutes you can try: houjicha, roasted Oolong, white tea, etc.