I must admit, I’ve never been much of a coffee drinker. I do enjoy (and need!) a good – though very mild cup of coffee every once in a while. But it can make me feel a bit shaky sometimes. It’s dehydrating for the body and in general just a good thing to avoid getting addicted to.
Now Tea on the other hand – that’s more my thing. Think I got it from my mama (wink,wink). We’ve always both enjoyed a lovely, warm cup of tea at the end of the day, while cuddling up underneath a soft, cosy blanket and watching a feel-good movie. It’s a great way to calm and settle down before turning in at night.
Since I really like the taste of Coffee, just not the way it makes my body feel afterwards,- I was obviously really excited to stumble upon this Tea flavor from Pickwick: It’s called “Spicy Chai” – and how I like to drink it, is to mix in a little milk and sometimes (if I’m craving something sweet) even a little bit of agave or maple syrup (or organic honey) as well – which I prefer because it doesn’t spike my blood sugar levels like regular sugar or many other sweeteners do. It’s all natural ingredients, but since Chai tea’s are usually always made with black tea it does have a bit of caffeine in it – which isn’t ideal, but still a better choice than regular coffee. With the milk and agave blended in with this fab Tea, it’s actually really similar to Coffee both in taste and appearance. So the perfect dupe for me all the way! Really glad I discovered it.
(*Also now comes in an organic version which is also good, but tastes a bit more of ginger, and is less similar to the coffee taste. But if you want to ditch the caffeine all together then you can go for my second favorite option which is organic Camomile tea.)
Another one that sounds amazing that I would love to try in the near future would be the Pukka Organic Vanilla Spice Chai Tea! Pickwick also make a Green tea with strawberry flavor that’s super yummy.
Health notes on caffeine:
The following lowdown on reasons to avoid caffeine or cut it out of your life entirely – is borrowed from: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mark-hyman/quit-coffee_b_1598108.html
– The caffeine in coffee increases catecholamines, your stress hormones. The stress response elicits cortisol and increases insulin. Insulin increases inflammation, and this makes you feel lousy.
– Habituation to caffeine decreases insulin sensitivity, making it difficult for your cells to respond appropriately to blood sugar. High blood sugar levels lead to arterial deterioration and increased risk of mortality related to cardiovascular disease.
– Unfiltered coffee has the highest amount of beneficial antioxidants yet also leaks the most diterpenes into your system. These diterpenes have been linked to higher levels of triglycerides, LDL and VLDL levels.
– The helpful chlorogenic acids that may delay glucose absorption in the intestine have also been shown to increase homocysteine levels — an indicator for increased risk of cardiovascular disease, which tends to be elevated in diabesity.
– The acidity of coffee is associated with digestive discomfort, indigestion, heart burn, GERD and dysbiosis (imbalances in your gut flora).
– Addiction is often an issue with coffee drinkers and makes it really difficult to rely on the body’s natural source of energy. Ask any coffee drinker about how it feels to withdraw from coffee, and you will mistake their story for that of a drug addict’s…
– Associative addictions trend with coffee — who doesn’t immediately think of warm, frothy sweet cream and sugar when they picture coffee? Surely the business of coffee has inspired a culture addicted to the sugary, fatty tastes of what has become more of a meal than a drink! That morning latte is the epitome of food lacking nutrition density yet packing energy!
– 5-HIA, an organic acid and component of the neurotransmitter serotonin (the happy chemical) seen in the urine tends to be elevated in coffee drinkers, which means they may be at risk for lower levels of serotonin synthesis in the brain. Serotonin is necessary for normal sleep, bowel function, mood, and energy levels. It is a vicious cycle, as caffeine can disrupt sleep and promote anxiety and depression. We all know someone who tends to be tired, wired and over-caffeinated!
– Elevated urinary excretion of important minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium have been noted in coffee drinkers. An imbalance in your electrolyte status can lead to serious systemic complications.
– Constituents in coffee can interfere with normal drug metabolism and detoxification in the liver, making it difficult to regulate the normal detoxification process in the liver. Another issue to be aware of with coffee intake is how certain medications such as levothyroxine (thyroid) as well as tricyclic antidepressants are poorly absorbed, making symptoms curiously worse for patients.