How do you start your mornings? Do you nestle up with a hot bowl of oatmeal, prepare an omelette, and enjoy a hearty breakfast, or blend a few kinds of fruit together and take a smoothie on the go? Regardless of what your individual morning routine may be, before the workday begins, many Americans have one thing in common: They’ve always got a cup of coffee within reach.
Even if you enjoy the taste of coffee, if you’re downing a cup first thing in the morning, you’re probably doing it for the caffeine. Coffee has its advantages, but it also has its disadvantages.
Coffee is a diuretic. This means, you will use the restroom more often than usual after drinking it, causing dehydration. It also stimulates the adrenals (the tiny glands on your kidneys), to release adrenaline, placing stress on them and wearing them out.
If you avid coffee drinkers are wondering how you’re going get in your daily dose of caffeine without the beloved bean, don’t panic. There’s a natural, efficient, and tasty way to get your day started off on the right foot: tea.
If you’re thinking, “coffee has much more caffeine than tea,” you’re not wrong. However, drinking caffeinated tea has the ability to give you a jolt of energy without health related issues. In fact, tea can actually help your body, not hurt it. It’s the best of both worlds, so why wouldn’t you try it?
Looking to cut down on coffee without sacrificing caffeine? Here are nine tea types and flavors to consider. These teas provide caffeine and healthy nutrients that coffee doesn’t. (Keep in mind, your average cup of eoght-ounce coffee can contain up to 200 mg of caffeine!)