Make a Change: Tea in the Morning Instead of Coffee

It can be incredibly easy to drink too much caffeine. One morning cup of coffee turns into two, and then there’s the mid-morning coffee break, and maybe one in the afternoon just to get through the work day. Maybe an energy drink before gym or before going out with friends. Then we wonder why it can be so hard to fall asleep.

Which isn’t to say coffee isn’t a glorious, fantastic gift from the gods, but more than four cups of coffee a day can lead to not only insomnia, but increased nervousness and anxiety, migraines, and irritability. Which is one reason so many people are saving the coffee, and starting their mornings with a mug of fragrant tea instead.

Believe it or not, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world after water. Said to have been discovered in China in the 3rd century, tea has been traded and sold around the world ever since. It is a cultural tradition everywhere from Turkey to Ireland, and there are a thousand different ways to drink it. From cakes of strong, fermented black tea to the sweet, chilled, orange blossom-spiced Thai tea, the flavors of tea can vary widely. But its popularity never wanes, and there are good reasons for that.

First of all, let’s just get this out of the way, tea is cheap. Even if you, like the average Turkish citizen, drink over 6lbs a year of the stuff, it will still never make the dent on your wallet that a year’s worth of six dollar lattes can. But more importantly, it’s healthier for you! Not only does tea help keep you hydrated, because it’s mostly water after all, it’s full of powerful antioxidants that can help you body stay strong against cancer, illness, and early aging. Green tea is also great for your metabolism. And a little bit of honey as a sweetener is way less calories than the cream and sugar so many of us pour in our coffee.

Don’t worry, there’s still some caffeine in tea. No one is asking you to wake up completely on your own. But with on average half the caffeine of a regular cup of coffee in black tea, you will find yourself overall consuming much less caffeine, which means sleeping better and feeling a lot less restless by the end of the day. In an age, where we’re all combatting the daily modern stress of media and work, a little less caffeine can help you stay mindful and in control of your anxiety levels.

If you’re a regular strong coffee drinker, try weaning yourself off with a strong morning black tea blend. We also love making  jug of iced green tea to keep in the fridge for those mid-day pick-me-ups. You can even add some blueberry or pomegranate juice, for extra youth-preserving antioxidants. It makes a great pre-run or pre-workout drink as well.

The good news, once you start reducing caffeine in your daily routine, your tolerance will adjust. So you can save the coffee for emergency wake-up needs, because it will be extra effective.