If you are looking for an alternative to coffee, consider substituting tea in your morning routine. From caffeinated teas to herbal infusions, there are many options available for a quick pick-me-up. Not only will they provide a boost of energy, but they also pack some substantial health benefits. Tea is an excellent way to enhance alertness. Unlike coffee, the caffeine content in black tea releases slowly. The gradual release allows sustained energy rather than the immediate spike followed by a crash that energy drinks are known to provoke. The L-theanine content in the tea leaves encourages focus while calming and relaxing the mind.
The benefit of herbal blends is their impact on alertness without inhibiting sleep. These steeped hot beverages can eliminate the feeling of sluggishness and are incredibly comforting to enjoy. Certain caffeine-free herbs and roots also have energizing effects, which is excellent for individuals who abstain from caffeine.
Some popular energizing brews include:
Matcha – Improves mental and physical alertness. This tea also speeds up metabolism. L-theanine, a type of amino acid, allows a slow release of energy and inhibits our body’s addictive response to caffeine. Matcha contains nutrients in abundance that the body absorbs quickly. Incredibly versatile, Matcha powder is a valuable ingredient for smoothies, desserts, and lattes.
Yerba mate – Increases metabolism and provides sustained energy. This blend delivers mental focus and clarity, allowing for enhanced productivity. It is a frequent athlete’s choice with seven out of nine essential amino acids and more antioxidants than green tea.
Peppermint – The aroma of peppermint tea alone increases brain oxygen levels, which automatically provides an experience of increased energy. It is uplifting and alleviates tension, making it a great pick-me-up any time of day.
Ginger – Can eliminate mental fatigue. Regular consumption has positive effects on memory and concentration. It improves metabolism and digestion as well, helping the body to operate efficiently.
Astragalus – This herbal tea boosts metabolism and builds energy. This herb is often used in TCM as a chi tonic, improving energy and blood circulation. This adaptogen also improves our resistance to viruses by increasing white blood cells and antibodies. It is a restorative energy builder, enhancing stamina and performance.
Ashwagandha – This Ayurvedic herb is also known as Indian Ginseng. It is an adaptogen that fortifies our resistance to stress which eases body and mind and may also increase energy levels. It relieves fatigue and exhaustion and strengthens endurance.
Incorporating tea breaks into the day may benefit us in more ways than one. It is not just the tea itself that helps improve our concentration and energy. Often during our busy workdays, we neglect to take a moment for ourselves. Most of us need a little break to breathe and let go of responsibility. Taking a few moments to practice self-care translates into a better mood and enhanced productivity. When we allow a moment away from the task at hand, the mind and body may reset and relax. The change of scenery and time away from excessive thinking opens the mind to creativity and problem-solving. In a short 10-minute period, your energy is uplifted and enriched with positive vibes.
The act of drinking hot tea is a delightful ritual that comforts the heart and soul. There is a tea for every taste, mood, and need, with various options available. Whether you choose an elite tea or a familiar brand, the quality is essential. Be sure to read the label to ensure you are only consuming the purest ingredients.
With every healthy habit, repetition is key. Implementing the routine of preparing and enjoying herbal remedies and tea brews will set the body on course for long-term health. Particularly with the consumption of apoptogenic infusions, we see an increase in longevity. With repetition, these herbs slowly work on our stress response, enforcing healthy processing of stress-inducing stimuli.
Energy is always abundant in a healthy body and mind.
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With the warmer months, I love making homemade Iced Teas.
Can’t wait to incorporate some of these suggestions into my next batch!