There are a million and one reasons why tea is amazing for you, yet many people still take coffee over the delicious herbal leaves. Switching can be a seriously daunting task; giving up the beans for leaves can feel like asking a master sculptor to perform open heart surgery. It’s a very rewarding challenge to make the switch, and the benefits surely outweigh the negatives.
I’ve recently made the switch, and I’ve never felt better! I’m here to share my experience with making the switch; I’m in no way claiming that every switching experience will the be same for everyone. If you choose to make the switch (which I highly recommend!), some benefits may not apply.
More Natural Energy
When you drink coffee, your burst of energy comes from the caffeine causing you to feel wired for a short amount of time, then suddenly crashing; therefore, you grab another cup of coffee to keep you going. When you switch to tea, there are more natural ingredients working to keep your energy up, rather than caffeine alone. Switching to tea replaces the caffeine buzz and, when combined with a healthy diet, you’ll experience long-lasting energy you’ve never felt before.
When you begin your switch, you’ll probably become extremely excited and buy way more tea than any human could possibly drink. There are so many options to choose from! Of course there are the basics, which also branch off into different flavours:
- Green Tea
- Black Tea
- White tea
Each of these types has several sub-types. It’d take a lifetime to discover every possible combination!
When you go on your shopping spree, don’t forget a few herbals. Specific herbal teas can help speed healing. Anything with mint or ginger will be fantastic for a cold. Replace your cough drops for mint tea, your ginger ale with ginger tea, and Echinacea tea is a fantastic immune system booster; drink it when you feel the first on-set of a cold, and you could avoid an entire ordeal.
Nabbing a tea that features lavender, Chamomile, and/or Valerian Root will be a great addition to your bedtime ritual or meditation sessions. These teas are extremely calming and will help you get the best sleep of your life. Just be sure that what you grab is caffeine-free!
Making this switch is scary. However, weighing these benefits along with visiting your local (or online) special-tea shop (hehe.) will make your worries melt away. Here are a few of my favourite places to shop for tea:
The best part is how open these websites are about their ingredients. Keep an eye out for allergens and unfavourable ingredients.
A Few Tips:
If you’re a 15-cups-a-day coffee drinker (yes, this exists), the switch may be accompanied by a transition period. This will be similar to withdrawal; headaches, irritability, and drowsiness will be common side-effects. This is due to the fact that you’re cutting down your caffeine intake. The best way to avoid these adverse side effects is to wean down slowly; Rome wasn’t built in a day.
Choose a Tea That’s Right for You:
As stated above, you will be cutting down your caffeine intake. If you’re concerned about the caffeine withdrawal, be sure to pick a tea with a higher caffeine level, or get a tea with coffee beans mixed in (like this one). It still won’t be the same as your cup of joe but, with time, you’ll feel amazing.
Another consideration is taste. For example, green tea is loaded with anti-oxidants and boosts metabolism, but if you don’t like it don’t force yourself to drink it. Instead, consider a combination hybrid tea.
There are thousands of combinations which bring a world of flavours to your cup and suit every taste.
Fruity: If you prefer a fruity taste to your tea, consider a blend with strawberries, peaches, or mango. David’s Tea has an amazing fruity blend of mango, pineapple, and orange or comparison shop Teavana’s Pineapple Berry Blue Tea. Fun fact: fruity tea is fantastic for making your own iced tea this summer!
Earthy: Tasting all-natural is your preference, and I’ve found some great tea for you. David’s Tea Organic Detox is a fantastic green tea blend including ginger and juniper berries. My personal favourite is this Skinny Buddha Organic Green Tea. It’s organic, kosher, and gluten/GMO-free; not to mention, it tastes amazing.
Sweet: Chocolate and vanilla, oh my! I’ve found a few teas at David’s Tea which include some of the sweetest ingredients ever steeped. Chocolate Macaroon Tea is a decadent blend of chocolate, coconut, and pecans. Cream Of Earl Grey is a fresh twist on the classic tea, featuring hints of vanilla and bergamot oil.
Taking a complete plunge into the wonderful world of tea may come easy for some, but major coffee addicts may not have it so easy. The withdrawal symptoms can become unbearable, especially for those with constant stress or noise put upon them (ex, parents, office workers, and factory employees).
I started this transition by switching my last coffee for tea, then second last, and so on until I’ve replaced my morning coffee. The reason this method works is because, as most coffee lovers know, the morning coffee feels the most essential to start your day, therefore it’s the hardest to cut out. Of course, the choice is up to you.
Enjoy your switch! Feel free to share your experience and tips in the comment section below~