Drinking less coffee is a common goal, as we are so often warned of the dangers of caffeine. Caffeine can have serious benefits, even in the small amounts you get from green tea. A little caffeine a day may prove to be helpful to your health in the long run. And it can be next to impossible to cut out your morning cup of joe – so don’t! Cutting anything out of your life whole cloth, especially something as addictive as caffeine, can be very difficult. So instead of skipping caffeine all together, try drinking something with a lower caffeine content, like green tea.Try just swapping your coffee for a green tea every so often so you still get that caffeine hit but without some of the nasty side effects of coffee. Plus, say goodbye to mid-morning coffee mouth!
Lowering your caffeine content can help to lower anxiety and improve sleep, especially if you are sensitive to caffeine. Too much coffee can lead to anxiety, insomnia, and heart effects like increased blood pressure and heart rate. Many people will be familiar with the nasty side effects of one too many coffees in the morning, as it can feel very similar to a panic attack. For people predisposed to anxiety disorders, caffeine can exacerbate symptoms, like sweaty palms, ringing in the ears, and an increased heart rate, that lead to a true panic attack.
If you are trying to cut back on your coffee intake, green tea might be the best way to do it. Reduced stress and improved sleep quality caused by green tea are associated with a reduced caffeine content. Before being brewed, you may be surprised to learn that tea actually has a higher caffeine content than coffee. But the brewing process reduces the percentage, so that tea ends up less caffeinated than coffee.
The variety of green tea you drink, whether you drink whole leaf or tea bags, and which part of the leaf you’re drinking can all be factors that change the caffeine content of your tea. If you swap out your coffee for matcha you’re actually going the opposite way, so if you’re trying to reduce your caffeine content, this is not the way to go. This is because the ground up matcha contains more tea leaves than you can fit in a cup of whole leaf.
Green Tea Benefits
But the reduced caffeine content isn’t the only benefit to drinking green tea over coffee. The presence of a compound called Theanine acts as a main sleep inducing component. Apart from that, it also works as a nerve relaxant and reduces stress and neuron excitement in the brain. Green tea has been linked to reducing fatigue, healing, and improving the quality of sleep. The low-caffeine content has been suggested to help with both inducing sleep and improving your metabolism.
If you love a cup of tea in the morning, why not try Hoogly Tea’s Herbal Infusion Lemon and Ginger Green Tea? This classic blend of zesty lemon and fiery ginger gives the traditional green tea an exciting, energising twist, with the added health benefits of lemon and ginger.