Thanksgiving. It's the time when we recognize the bounty of our lives. It's the time that we are more conscious to help others who aren't as fortunate as us. And, it's the time when we get stressed out, over run with obligations, parties, travel, work and eating. During this season, tea is our best medicine.
While coffee is an adrenal stressor sending cortisol to its max thereby depleting us later, tea is far gentler on the system. Caffeine from tea enters the organs much more slowly and doesn't shock the system. It gets us through our days in a more natural, energizing manner. Tea doesn't dehydrate the body the way coffee does. Many studies show that the amino acid L-theanine found in the tea plant alters the attention networks in the brain and reveals positive effects on the brain waves. Basically, tea puts you in a more relaxed state of mind so you can focus and concentrate. Certain herbal teas like rooibos (Honey Pie) have relaxing effects and also reduce irritations and inflammations in our bodies. Certain studies suggest that green tea boosts your metabolic rate slightly, allowing you to burn an additional 70-80 calories a day. I always feel starved after a coffee crash, but with tea, hunger comes less suddenly and not as often. I have sensitive blood sugar issues but when I'm just drinking tea, I don't need to eat as often.
So why is it that so many people are still hooked on coffee? Yes, it's tasty when roasted properly and pulled into a short shot of creamy chocolatey Italian style espresso. But why not drink something that has benefits too? This Thanksgiving, instead of getting amped up and burned out, try a tea regime that feeds your body more vitamins and good compounds versus whacking out your stress hormones. Sip a cup of black in the morning, a green tea mid-day and some herbal after dinner. I promise you will feel like a new person and the holidays will have less of an edge to them, all in all. Do yourself a favor and drink more tea as you meander through the holiday hustle. I promise you will be grateful.