Excessive caffeine consumption is a problem for me, as well as many others. Unfortunately, day after day, people continue to devourer their cafe lattes like there's no tomorrow. Asking for extra cream and extra sugar, not really giving thought to what they are putting in their bodies. Too much caffeine can stress out the immune system and your heart, making you feel anxious and on edge. There is even research that supports caffeine increasing the chance of wrinkles, chronic heartburn, breast cysts, heart palpitations, and fertility problems. No thank you!
So, say you are a casual coffee drinker. Or you like decaf coffee. And maybe you don't add mounds of sugar to your drink. There really are no horribly related diseases or effects of drinking coffee in a social way. But, there are really no benefits either. Sure, there have been studies that loosely link coffee to reducing the risk of Type II Diabetes and increasing your metabolism, but generally coffee does not leave you feeling good all day long. When I drink coffee, I notice myself fully alert and fidgety for a few hours and then crashing shortly after, craving yet another cup. And my cup of coffee is not always the healthiest, as I can taste the difference between decaf and regular, and love my cream and sugar. With this dilemma and my new quest to take care of my mind, soul and body, I looked a littler further into becoming a tea drinker.
After debriefing myself on the history of tea, I learned that tea is the most popular beverage in the world (second to water) and is also one of the healthiest. Tea plants are native to East and South Asian and are said to have originated in India and China. For several hundred years, people drank tea because of its herbal medicinal qualities. Consumption of tea, especially green, is beneficial to health and longevity because it contains antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Throughout the years, tea was used as a religious offering, a high rank of status, a healing agency and as a social aspect. All tea comes from a plant called Camellia sinensis and is produced in thousands of different varieties.
- White Teas - The purest and least processed of all teas. It contains very little caffeine and has a light flavor. Healthy antioxidants included in this tea are best for skin and complexion.
- Green Teas - The most popular type of tea. It can be mixed with fruits or scented with flowers. It only has 5-10% of the caffeine found in a cup of coffee. The antioxidants in green tea help maintain cholesterol and are good for skin and teeth. It also helps maintain a healthy blood sugar level and overall, a strong immune system.
- Oolong Teas - A flavorful tea with a sweet aroma. This is a healthy tea to incorporate into a weight loss plan.
- Black Teas - The tea most people know. It is fully fermented and has 20% of the caffeine in a cup of coffee. Black teas help maintain cardiovascular functions, cholesterol levels, and improve the circulatory system.
- Herbal Teas - Do not contain any leaves from the Camellia plant family and consist of pure herbs, flowers and fruits. Typically caffeine-free and rich in vitamin C.
- Roobios Teas - Red tea that is a healthy source of vitamins and minerals. It can help promote digestion, support the immune system and contribute to healthy skin, teeth and bones. '
- Mate Teas - The coffee lover's favorite. It tastes very similar to coffee because it contains nuts and coca leaves. It contains the same amount of caffeine without the jitters. Mate tea can also curb an appetite.