Coffee or Tea?
Let's take a moment to be more aware of what you drink. Oftentimes we grow up on what our parents and society offered, but now we're at a point in our lives where we take lifestyle preference.
From a plant-based approach, coffee beans and tea leafs are rather similar in origin, but how they affect our bodies and how they are sourced is another story entirely; namely, caffeine: the psychoactive drug of today. Which is better for a more mindful way of living?
How Society Uses Caffeine
One thing that stands out is the caffeinated surge into your daily productivity. Coffee has twice the amount of caffeine than tea (after processing), so it's no wonder why the coffee industry is so large. People crave it. Out of habit, they go to work with a cup of joe before they can even begin their day! Ouch. That's thanks to it being a natural alkaloid, recognizable by the bitter tastes. Coffee amps up your morning, giving you the needed boost to get the day going, or to keep pushing once you're in the heart of it.
It's common using caffeine to take a round-turn on sleep deprivation, but what most don't know is that caffeine loses its benefit after just 3 days! Caffeine takes a big toll on our bodies, and the coffee bean or tea leaf is no less an attributive. But what is caffeine really doing?
The Effects of Caffeine Use
Without coffee, many feel off and almost drained. But it's not a drainage, it's a false sense of your bodily state. Caffeine only takes under an hour to fully absorb into your membranes, with the caffeinated buzz lasting around 4-6 hours. Most work much longer than that, and experience fatigue shortly after. The addiction then kicks in. You want more, almost feel you NEED it.
The Harvard School of Public Health found that based on genes for frequent coffee drinkers, some people felt a boost from caffeine far more than others. How serotonin is regulated gives them a greater increase in perceived happiness than lesser coffee drinkers. But are they actually happy... maybe this is you, maybe not. Is caffeine still worth the increase?
Messing with your brain chemistry is no game. Drinking too much suppresses a neurotransmitter called adenosine. It naturally rises throughout the day, and once it reaches a certain level, your mental shift to sleep sinks in. This allows you to sleep, reset the levels, and wake up fulfilled and refreshed. Caffeine stops that process. It therefore alters your attention and sleep by disallowing the neurotransmitter to bind correctly. That's like sticking your finger in a garden hose, stopping the flow of water to your flowers. And we want to water our garden!
Excess In Routine
You know what it's like to binge drink coffee, don't you? It can be a tasty experience and the jolt gives us more reason to drink it. However as it begins to fade away, your body starts coming to mind as the caffeine leads to muscle tremors and irritability. The quiver under your skin is most unsettling. It's almost like losing control from the inside out. Our minds are wired and ready to go, but the effect on our body is taking over. That can't be good...
How is Tea Any Different?
Caffeine wise, it's not. Some tea still has caffeine, yes--even more so naturally! However it's second to drinking water. Now why is that? Think about it!
Varied and Specific Benefits
Tea has poly-numerous alterations and combinations of plant and herbs alike--a fusion of elements that naturally flow together. You can use turmeric for its properties of curcumin that reduce inflammation, but it's difficult to ingest isolated--so combine it with black pepper. A study shows that piperine in black pepper enhances absorption and bioavailability of curcumin by 2000%! How would you combine coffee with its bitter taste?
With only a silk or biodegradable bag, you produce far less waste than coffee grounds, filters, and equipment to run it. All you need for most tea is a reusable glass, a tea bag, and hot (or cold brew) water--no french press or other gizmos. Keep it simple.
This means improving our impact on the environment, we contribute less through zero-waste. Just like using tote bags for grocery shopping, mason jars for food inventory, forgoing coffee grounds and plastic coffee bags reduces net waste.
Quality and Consistency On The Go
You can drink tea anywhere without losing quality! It's the same at home or at a professional establishment. Hot water and tea, ready to go at any time!
RAW - ORGANIC - VEGAN
Ingredients are collected from plants as they are, only altered and rolled to create beverage sized portions. The production of tea is far less removed than other kinds of products. Organic teas are everywhere, and support our lifestyle in health.
Daily Life Improvements
Once again curcumin, an effective antioxidant, may have protective effects through routine dietary intake against mercury exposure. Frequent use of tea leads to many more benefits that can be targeted for your own use. It's therefore a personal journey of discover as much as your own self discovery of growth and improvement. By engaging in the world of tea, we also learn to be mindful of our bodies and how we react to stimulus.
Caffeine or No Caffeine
In tea, the natural energy boost of caffeine still comes in many levels of intensity. Or you can opt for no caffeine at all, with no deterrents. Coffee cannot support that: whether caffeinated or not, some coffee beans have chemical compounds cafestrol and kahweol. They interfere with hormone receptors notably for the detoxification in the blood stream, which may increase cholesterol levels. Coffee is also acidic, which may cause gastroesophageal reflux. Whoops!
If we have to recommend just one cup of tea for you to try, pick Matcha. Let that experience be the determining factor for you. Rip that coffee IV out of your arm--let's go!
Why the Japanese tea, Matcha?
- Matches caffeine content of a cup of coffee to give you a level playing field.
- It has plentiful polyphenols, which are antioxidants that help our bodies in prevention of heart disease.
- Can be used with foods! If you like the taste, you can experience it in many other forms.
- Used in tea ceremonies, supporting our mindfulness journey.
- It contains L-theanine, an amino acid that supports relaxation. Combined with caffeine, it can induce greater states of mindfulness.
We need not suppress our use of caffeine, but it requires of us to be mindful and consider how much we're taking. Not only that, but to what use we have for it. Take it early, and before a period of great productivity--not because you're heading to work per routine. Make caffeine an object of purpose, and use tea to support your lifestyle to live mindfully.
If you're unsure of what kind of tea to get, try our quick list of recommendations.
Thank you for reading!
Have you made a shift from coffee to tea? We'd like to hear your input! There are benefits to both, we just took a focus on tea. Let us know what you think in the comments section below!
For further reading, check out: Tea Vs Coffee by Teatulia