Although it’s known to boost workplace morale and power our productivity, there are great benefits to switching to a herbal tea.
You’ve just woken up.
You feel like you could (and probably should) sleep for another five hours… but instead, you have an early start and a long day ahead, with little time for yourself.
Fortunately, you have 10 minutes to sip your secret weapon!
“Ahh, delicious… What could possibly be better than a hot cup of coffee in the morning?”
Although it’s known to boost workplace morale and power our productivity, there’s always some controversy around a cup of coffee. Herbal tea, on the other hand, may just be the long-term solution your mind and body are crying out for.
Here are 5 reasons to trade your coffees for herbal tea today.
1. Herbal tea is so versatile
Coffee can do one thing; it’ll perk you up and power your mind and body through the next few hours. The caffeine in coffee gives you the feeling of energy by blocking adenosine, the neurotransmitter responsible for letting your brain known when the body needs rest. This can help you through an important meeting early in the morning, or push you through that tough workout you weren't feeling up to. What goes up, however, must come down, and most coffee lovers will be itching for their second, third or fourth cup just after lunch.
In contrast, herbal teas can do many different things. Ginger tea, for example, is a great replacement for your morning coffee because it increases energy, but it will also do wonders for your tummy troubles.
Lemongrass tea will also aid digestion and reduce bloating but is also known to help with headaches. Peppermint tea is a lifesaver in cold and flu season, and menopausal women swear by its ability to give hot flushes the flick.
Amazing, right? But the real magic happens when different therapeutic herbs are blended together. There are herbal infusions to calm your senses and send you off to a blissful nights sleep; to cleanse the system and free up more energy in the body; even teas to protect you from seasonal change by supporting a healthy immune system.
2. Restore balance with herbal tea
While you’re striving for hormonal balance, coffee isn’t exactly helping. Too much caffeine over the long-term will chronically elevate cortisol and adrenaline levels in the bloodstream, which can have damaging effects on your body and mind.
Cortisol is known as the stress hormone, and in normal amounts, it helps our bodies function correctly. When in excess, however, it basically works against us achieving our health and fitness goals. Elevated cortisol forces our bodies to store abdominal fat while limiting our ability to gain and maintain muscle.
It can also cause premature ageing, high blood pressure, Depression, severe fatigue, and if you struggle to find inner calm, remember that caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant that can contribute to anxiety disorders.
When the stress hormones are out of balance, the entire endocrine system follows, along with metabolism, the immune response, our moods, and many other biological processes. Did you know that herbal teas can actively help restore the balance?
Now, a daily coffee is generally harmless, but who wants to feel restricted and cautious around their beverage of choice? Absolutely no one! This is why balance-seekers are trading at least some of their daily coffees for healthy herbal teas. Which one will you try this week?
3. Herbal tea supports exercise recovery
The caffeine found in coffee is a powerful substance that can increase your enthusiasm and performance in the gym. These are short-term gains, however, and over the longer-term, it’s likely that a high intake of caffeine will have the opposite effect.
If you’re a coffee-loving gym junkie, you may be horrified to learn that drinking coffee after a workout will slow down your body’s muscle recovery processes. Meanwhile, herbal teas can help you spend less time hobbling around in pain and more time progressing towards your booty goals.
4. You can drink herbal tea right before bed!
Who doesn’t want to enjoy a delicious, warming beverage before bed without having to worry about staring at the ceiling all night?
Depending on when you had your last cup, caffeine can still be active in your bloodstream as you’re getting into bed, while you’re trying to fall asleep, and even late into the night. This is because it takes around 5.7 hours for a healthy adult body to use half the amount of caffeine in one standard coffee. There’s no doubt you’ll feel a burst of energy after your morning cup of coffee, but as the days, weeks and years wear on, caffeine can increase the likelihood of insomnia.
In particular, caffeine affects your REM sleep, which is the deepest and most important sleep cycle. Not only is this when we dream, but it’s also when our cells are replenished and our muscle tissue is repaired.
If you’re trying to burn fat and keep muscle, then coffee may be holding you back from creating an ideal anabolic environment in your body.
Although most people enjoy coffee for its productivity-boosting properties, it’s important to realise that your work output will be negatively affected in the long term if you’re perpetually stressed and sleeping poorly.
The best herbal tea to drink before bed is this soothing blend of chamomile, lemon balm, passionflower, lavender, skullcap root, rose petal and orange peel. Add this organic infusion to your nighttime ritual and enjoy the taste of sleep before your head even hits the pillow!
5. A wider variety of flavours to experience
The healthiest way to drink coffee is black and unsweetened, and maybe some MCT oil to boot. Do you enjoy the taste of black coffee without any milk or sweeteners added? Be honest with yourself! Many of us think we love the taste of coffee, when in fact we enjoy anything sweet, warm and milky. Do you even enjoy the taste of every coffee you drink? Unless you’re visiting the same elite barista every day, chasing that fix can be so hit and miss.
There are endless varieties of herbal tea, and better yet, you can brew it yourself again and again without any expensive equipment. Get started today with a Tropeaka Herbal Infusion, and don’t forget to share your herbal tea journey with us on social media. We’d love to know how trading your coffees for herbal tea has helped you conquer your day!