Coffee or Tea? Another Look At A Morning Ritual
Every single morning, for years and years, my day hasn’t really started for me officially until I’ve had a cup of coffee. I’ve read so many articles on this, and seen so many different newscasts that I’m not sure what to believe anymore so I just defaulted to my comfort zone and what I enjoy – COFFEE! Now, Black Tea is making a bold intro.
However, recently while shopping for coffee I took notice of how many different teas there are and I decided to pick up a couple of boxes – for guests at least.
Now, I’m no stranger to teas. I drink peppermint tea before bedtime when I’m not feeling well. I also drink green tea with ginseng regularly one or twice a week.
No, I talking about making major changes to my morning ritual – cold turkey stopping all coffee and replacing it with something else. Have you been thinking about the same thing? Entering the stage I submit to you for consideration, none other than our main character – BLACK TEA.
MEET BLACK TEA
Actually, Black Tea is not black at all. It’s dark orange or amber in color. When you first open the packet as seen above, you are first greeted with a very pleasant aroma that to my nose said “….hmmm – you are in for something interesting”. My nose was right. Just like any tea, all you need is a willing cup and some very hot water.
Plop your tea bag into the water and let it steep away. In just a few minutes you will have a cup of aromatic, and flavorful beverage that I found sure gives coffee a run for it’s money. The tea was not actually black like I said, but more of a tan or brown color. As you can see from the photo, it looks like it could be coffee but only without the caffeine high, and drop that you feel with regular coffee.
On My 2nd Day of Black Tea
I’m on my 2nd day of kicking coffee to the curb, and I must say that I’ll feeling very good about this. This decision just might stick. I became more heightened to the whole ‘coffee versus tea’ thing when I noticed that wild fluctuations on coffee prices. Admittedly, I was very slow to adopt the K-Cup Keurig thing because I don’t like plastics in every single thing in my life connected with what’s going into my body. Seriously, what ever happened to opening up the coffee can or jar, getting a whiff of the rich aroma, and making my very own cup of joe? While I admit, the K-Cups are very convenient, some of the romance has been lost for me.
BLACK TEA IS EASY TO MAKE
Now Tea! Tea! That’s another thing altogether. I just might be able to rock with this. So many to choose from. Prices affordable. And all I need is a cup and some hot water. I don’t need a $200-300 expensive machine. I can’t definitely rock with this. And then there’s the health benefits.
I know it’s healthy, but let me go research this. Wait, I’ll be back…… Stay tuned!
Ok, took me awhile, but the research is worth it. Did you know that Black Tea is over 4,000 years old? Discovered by the Chinese? Neither did I. In addition to Black Tea possessing antioxidants and phytonutrients that flush out toxins and help to heal your body. Here are some other amazing health benefits of this wonderful tea that you’ll want to consider as a morning beverage or daily ritual:
AMAZING HEALTH BENEFITS OF BLACK TEA
Black Tea Improves Heart Health
Due to the flavones in Black Tea, it has been proven to promote good heart health. Scientists have found that drinking 3 or more cups a day can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease as well as reducing myocardial infarction, ischemia and cadiovascular mortality. (Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/16855537/ ) and (Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3123419/).
Black tea Lowers Ovarian Cancer Risk
The theaflavins in this tea inhibit the growth of cancer cells according to a study by researchers at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. (Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26851019)
Black Tea Lowers Risk of Diabetes
The catechins and theaflavins in black tea prevent beta cell dysfunction and make the body more insulin sensitive. (Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2737528/)
Black Tea Boosts Immunity
Black tea is rich in antioxidants which scavenge free oxygen radicals which tend to mutate DNA and hamper your body’s normal cell functions. This can lead to inflammation as well as activation of inflammatory pathways that put the body into a state of stress. It flushes out the free oxygen radicals which helps restore your body’s normal cell functions while boosting immunity. (Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20391028)
Black Tea Improves and Promotes Healthy Digestive Track
Black Tea helps improve the count and variety of healthy gut microbes. According to scientists, the tea polyphenols act as a pre-biotic which helps to increase healthy gut bacteria. In addition, these polyphenols prevent the growth of harmful bacteria in the gut. It has also been shown to help reduce ulcers and colorectal and esophageal cancers. (Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21776478 and https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3471195/)
Black Tea Improves Attention Span
If you aren’t quite as sharp as you’d like to be in the morning, or have trouble concentrating you could benefit from drinking Black Tea because it contains L-theanine which according to researchers in the Netherlands improve attention span as well as better auditory and visual attention. (Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21172396 and https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18296328)
Black Tea Prevents Premature Aging
Scientists have found that the antioxidants and polyphenols found in Black Tea can protect your skin from wrinkle formation and premature aging. It also reduces the expression of a gene that creates collagen degrading enzymes. (Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4289929/
Black Tea Lowers Blood Pressure
According to researchers in the Netherlands, Germany, the U.K. and Italy, people who drank this tea for a week had lower blood pressure that the control group who did not. (Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4117505/)
There are a lot more benefits that I’ve found but I don’t want to bore you to death. Anyhow, as you can see from the benefit above, Black Tea gives traditional coffee a real run for it’s money. I’ve made the switch, and for the next two weeks, I’ve committed to substitute Black Tea in place of my coffee drinking habit. I’ll be sure to report back. Thanks for reading.