We love coffee. It’s one of the most delicious and delightfully caffeinated beverages out there. But there’s more to the world of hot drinks than coffee. In fact, there’s one alternative in particular that might be better for you in the long run. We’re talking about switching from coffee to tea.
If you’re a dedicated coffee fan, this might be a hard fact to swallow, but bear with us. Your beloved espresso might not be as good for you as you always imagined, and there’s some science to back up this claim. Although coffee has some essential nutrients and is also known to reduce your risk for Type 2 diabetes, there are some downsides of throwing back multiple lattes in a day, such as increased anxiety and trouble sleeping at night. Tea, on the other hand, isn’t as likely to give you these same problems. Hate to break it to ya, but you might be better off trading in your cappuccino for a black tea.
Here are nine reasons to consider switching from coffee to tea.
1You’ll stay awake longer
2Tea is rich in antioxidants
You can only eat so many blueberries before you need a change of pace, and tea is the perfect solution. Green tea is famous for its healing benefits, but many white teas are packed full of antioxidants that can fight off an assortment of health problems and leaving you feeling great. Do some experimenting and find out which blend packs the most punch while providing you with the flavors you crave.
3You’ll keep yourself better hydrated
4Tea detoxifies your system
Certain tea blends are ideal for the person who wants to cleanse and get all that nasty stuff out of their system (particularly if you went a little wild this weekend when it comes to eating and drinking). Detoxify your body by opting for teas rich in antioxidants (as mentioned above). They’ll flush out the free radicals in your body, leaving you feeling healthier and looking fantastic.
5You’ll sleep better at night
6It can be a lifesaver — literally
Research has shown that people who regularly and consistently consume tea are at a lower risk for certain kinds of cancers and tumors. Although scientists haven’t quite worked out how or why this is so (a lot think it’s those antioxidants at work again), the medicinal properties of tea have been well established for thousands of years. Additionally, drinking tea has been linked to lower instances of diabetes and heart attacks. Who knew a little drink could pack such a big punch?
7It makes you feel better in the blink of an eye
For centuries, tea has been the drink we turn to when we’re feeling down in the dumps. Whether we’re upset about a rough day at work or fighting off the sniffles, a hot cup of tea (often with a liberal dose of honey) is the key to boosting your mood and leaving you feeling a little better about life in general. When you’re feeling sick or under the weather, you turn to tea to comfort you. Even without all those health benefits, tea is what you turn to when you need a boost — and with good reason. Is there anything quite as soothing as a hot cup of perfectly steeped tea?