Since my early college days, I have been a coffee kind of girl. I usually have some kind of black coffee, latte, or espresso in the mornings, giving my day a dark roasted supercharge. Lately, however, I have been adding a new warm beverage to my routine. Something I didn’t know I would love just as much as my morning coffee.
Tea! And currently, I can’t get enough of it.
I have always liked tea but after recently attending a conference session highlighting the health benefits teas and herbs, I decided to take the plunge and re-discover this classic beverage. Teas are warm, easy to brew, and I am discovering some teas that are absolutely worth a try.
Why I Love It – Health Benefits of Tea
Antioxidants – Tea is full of antioxidants and flavonoids, which work to protect our body from harmful internal elements, like stress or environmental toxins.
Heart Health – Green teas help your heart by aiding your body to better regulate LDL (bad cholesterol), lower your risk for blood clots, and better maintain your blood pressure.
Probiotic Boost – Kombucha tea is getting a lot of attention lately for it’s probiotic health effect, meaning it helps support your healthy gut bacteria. Although, it does not have the same high impact as eating yogurt or kimchi, the probiotic boost of kombucha tea definitely helps! (Psst, the Yogi Green Tea I recommended above has kombucha in it!)
Caffeine – Teas typically have less caffeine than coffee, with an 8 oz cup of green tea providing 25 mg of caffeine – almost half the amount of a cup of coffee that same size. I like drinking green tea in the afternoon, around the time I want to get my ‘second wind’ of the day. Because the green tea has half the caffeine of coffee, the tea helps me focus without the full force of a cup of joe.
Did you know? – New research shows that drinking caffeine doesn’t affect your hydration. We used to think that caffeine dehydrates your body, making you loose more water than you take in. We now know that you can drink up to 400 mg of caffeine per day (equal to 9 cups of green tea) and you will still be hydrated, maintaing your water balance.
Need Help Starting your Tea Journey?
For the longest time, I couldn’t figure out why I wasn’t a tea drinker. I quickly realized that the process of brewing tea – filling the tea kettle with water, turning the flame on high, forgetting your kettle is on the stove because the spout whistle didn’t work, almost burning the house down – was a huge barrier, causing my tea drinking at home to flatline. So, I found a super easy solution! I bought a Krups electric hot water kettle, which took my tea drinking from maybe twice a month to twice a day. This Krups electric kettle is super easy to use and safely boils water in minutes, turning itself off when it gets too hot. Which was just what I needed.
Something else that might help motivate you to drink more tea is some cute drink ware – this M mug is my favorite (used in my post pictures) along with some other mugs I am totally lusting for!
So, what’s stopping you? Let’s love tea, just a little bit more!
What’s your favorite tea?