Do you drink tea in the morning?
If not, you should.
Tea beats any alternative morning drink. Whether you start your morning with coffee or orange juice, tea is better than both.
True, it doesn’t have the vitamin C of orange juice, but it has a lot of other health benefits and far more of them. And apart from fresh-squeezed juice, most juices are actually quite unhealthy.
And true, it doesn’t have as much caffeine as coffee, but it actually gives you a much better boost in the morning.
I’ll go into detail why that is below. I’ll also cover the other major benefits you get from having tea in the morning.
Benefits Of Drinking Tea In The Morning
The fact that drinking tea is good for you isn’t exactly a secret, but most people aren’t aware that drinking it first thing in the morning comes with its own special benefits. Tea should be your go-to hot or iced beverage and should be consumed more often than just when you’re coming down with a cold.
The right morning beverage can do wonders in terms of rehydrating you after sleeping for several hours, and it can also get the brain going, helping to set the tone for a productive day.
When you choose tea in the morning over coffee, you’re taking a step in the right direction. Many studies have been conducted regarding the benefits tea offers and how it can be a much healthier alternative to coffee, but many people struggle to make the switch due to the lower caffeine content.
The following are some of the primary benefits of having a cup (or two or three) of tea in the morning. And I would keep having more cups of tea throughout the day. In fact, I do.
Clears The Morning Brain Fog
After sleeping all night, the body can become slightly dehydrated since you haven’t consumed any liquids for hours. If you wake up and your brain is feeling sluggish and foggy, reaching for a cup of tea can help in more ways than one.
While a cup of coffee first thing in the morning is a ritual of sorts for many, tea has a lot more to offer in terms of health benefits. Many types of teas contain antimicrobial and anti-cancer properties, not to mention catechins and antioxidants.
Whether you prefer oolong, white, green, or black tea, they all contain flavonoids, which are natural antioxidants found in plants.
If your go-to tea is green, then this means you’re enjoying a healthy dose of catechins. Black tea comes with a ton of theaflavins, which have some of the same effects as antioxidants.
The polyphenolic compounds that are found in tea can help prevent cardiovascular disease, as well as diabetes, in addition to having anti-aging properties.
A Better Source Of Caffeine
Okay. I can admit that most types of teas, which the exception of matcha, don’t contain quite as much caffeine as coffee. But if you’re tired of feeling nauseous and jittery an hour after your first cup of joe, then tea is a much safer alternative.
Tea contains a small amount of caffeine which may be just enough to give you the energy boost you need in the morning, without overdoing it.
The low caffeine content makes tea a better choice for people who are sensitive to caffeine or those who are trying to cut back on their daily caffeine intake.
Tea (and matcha more so than any other tea) also packs other energy-boosting properties that won’t hit you the same way that caffeine does.
Both L-theanine and the amino acids in green tea slow down how quickly your body absorbs caffeine, so you’ll enjoy an energy level that’s manageable and won’t make you jittery.
Basically, you’ll have more energy for a longer period of time. You also won’t experience the same type of crash that you can when you drink too much coffee. This crash can make it difficult to focus and can give you a feeling that’s similar to early morning brain fog.
So, if you want the energy without the crash, opt for tea first thing in the morning, instead of your caffeine loaded cup of coffee.
If regular tea does not have enough caffeine for your start into the morning, take a look at matcha. It has a much higher caffeine content than other teas. It also contains more of every other nutrient, making it the healthiest tea of all.
The reason for this is that matcha is a powder made from the whole tea leaves. You consume the entire leaf, not just the steeped essence. With it, you consume all of the components in the leaves, not just the small portion that is steeped out.