For many, having a daily cup of coffee isn’t a problem. For some, however, coffee can have significant negative effects or lead to a serious caffeine addiction. Fortunately, there is a simple, age-old solution that allows coffee drinkers to tame their obsession and get back to feeling good: tea!
Safely Taper Down Your Caffeine Intake
While many assume that the amount of caffeine in tea vs. coffee is like night and day, that’s not necessarily true. An 8-oz. cup of brewed coffee has around 150 mg of caffeine, while the same amount of black tea contains between 60 and 70 mg of caffeine. The jump may sound big at first, but the caffeine in tea can still produce a notable spike in energy. If one cup of black tea isn’t enough, simply have another cup!
As you continue to taper down your caffeine intake, you can switch to less caffeinated green and white teas (30-40 mg and 20-30 mg, respectively). This gives you flexibility while you switch, as well as options for the future.
Sleep Better and Feel More Energized
If you’re the type who likes to have a nice warm beverage before bed, a naturally decaffeinated tea can help you prepare your body for sleep without over-stimulating your nervous system. While drinking coffee in the afternoon can lead to frustrating insomnia at night, the right tea can actively calm you.
Lavender teas may induce relaxation via its aromatherapy effects, while teas like chamomile and valerian root may serve as natural sleep aids by providing antioxidants and affecting sleep-inducing neurotransmitters.
Tea can also help you make better use of your workday and stay awake and alert longer. Unlike the peaks and valleys that coffee produces, black tea provides a more consistent level of energy to help you stay productive for longer without crashing.
Boost Your Physical and Mental Abilities
Tea can also boost your physical and mental function in ways that coffee can’t. Caffeinated teas can stimulate brain activity and focus without the jitters and anxiety that coffee sometimes creates. Tea also hydrates the body better than coffee does, which is why switching from coffee to green tea for weight loss may boost your results. Proper hydration is one of the most important and overlooked aspects of weight loss and the physical boost tea provides can help you smash your workouts.
Some studies have suggested a potential for reducing a person’s risk of diabetes, heart disease, or even cancer due to tea’s antioxidant content. More research is needed to confirm the validity of such claims, but preliminary results are certainly intriguing.
Fukamushi Sencha: a Gentle, Flavorful Alternative to Coffee
A great choice for those looking to switch to tea is Fukamushi Sencha, a mild but flavorful type of Japanese green tea that is steamed two to three times longer than other Sencha teas. Despite the long steaming process, Fukamushi Sencha retains its vitamins and antioxidants, allowing you to enjoy a fresh taste without losing health benefits.
Since 2000, Den’s Tea has provided authentic, high-quality Japanese green teas to customers worldwide. Order your Fukamushi Sencha tea online today or call 877-DENSTEA to learn more.