Nearly everyone in the world consumes caffeine on a daily basis. Whether it’s an actual dependency or you seek it for its health qualities, our morning brews make it easier to get up and running.
Since most teas and coffee contain caffeine, they have similar health benefits and negative side effects. It’s not fair to say one is better than the other, as both affect individuals differently. In general, caffeine can increase mental alertness, has antioxidants, and preventative qualities towards Parkinson’s and different cancers. Others find caffeine causes nervousness, insomnia, nausea, increased heart rate, or shortness of breath. We encourage you to notice how caffeine effects you as an individual.
For me, coffee is more of a luxury than an everyday habit. A few years ago, I started cutting it out of my daily routine after I had noticed trouble sleeping and increased anxiety. But, I adore the flavor and find pleasure in drinking it, so I allow myself to have it a couple times a week. It is something I can handle in smaller doses without having negative side effects. Tea is my personal favorite. It is rejuvenating and easy on my system, while maintaining rich, sexy flavors.
Different types of teas contain different levels of caffeine – do you feel better drinking white or green tea as opposed to black? Should you avoid caffeine altogether? We can get significant energy and awareness from eating whole fruits and vegetables, without the crash and negative effects one might get from caffeine. Can you go a week without coffee or tea, and replace it with green smoothies and whole foods instead? An apple can give you the same amount of energy as a cup of coffee. Experiment with what you consume and journal how it affects you. If caffeine makes you feel great, then maybe caffeine benefits you! Tune into yourself and sip something tasty while doing so.
This topic is not as simple as coffee vs. tea. Coffee and teas are grown with some of the highest use of pesticides which makes it incredibly important to research the companies you use. The attention to detail that must be paid in growing, harvesting, roasting and brewing influences not only the taste, but also the way in which you feel after consumption.
Here are some of my favorite coffees & teas: