Best Time to Drink Tea
I can be sweet, but also utterly bitter. I can warm you up, but I’m able to run a chill down your spine. I can wake you up and put you to sleep as well. I’m great with honey and milk, but often I prefer to work alone. I am black, green, yellow or white.
What am I?
You’ve probably already guessed the answer to our little conundrum – yes, the mystery beverage in question is nonother than tea!
This potent drink has been around for thousands of years and people from all around the world enjoy the benefits of this aromatic beverage. But, have you ever wondered what is the best time to drink tea? Can tea be savored at any point during the day?
Well, the answer is quite plainly – it depends. Although all tea varieties stem from the same plant (Camellia Sinensis), the oxidization and fermentation process can differ quite a bit from one strain to another. This means that different tea types have distinct properties that make them unique and healthy, but only if consumed at the right time.
Today, we’ll delve a bit deeper into the magical world of tea and explore what is the best time to relish in this miraculous liquid.
There’s nothing better than a hot cup of tea in the morning hours to rouse you up and give you the boost you need to tackle your everyday challenges. Certain tea strains, such as oolong and green tea, contain high levels of caffeine, which makes them an ideal pick me up solution for when you’re feeling drowsy.
If you’re looking to cut back on your coffee intake, but need something to shake you up, then tea can make for a great substitute. However, it’s important to consider other factors as well.
Research suggests that drinking highly caffeinated beverages like tea or coffee as soon as you wake can prove disadvantageous to one’s health. This is due to a steroid hormone called cortisol that controls the stress levels in our bodies.
So, what does this have to do with tea you might ask?
Well, our cortisol levels are highest in the morning hours, which means that we are naturally more angsty, anxious and agitated as soon as we wake up. Sound familiar? Once you add caffeine in the equation, your body gets an additional dose of stress. This can often lead to tremors, headaches, concentration problems and a whole other set of health issues.
Does this mean that you need to ditch caffeine from your morning routine? Not at all.
Professionals recommend simply waiting an hour or two after waking up before getting your brew on. The best time to drink tea is after breakfast when your cortisol levels decrease and your body starts craving that additional energy boost. Tea is also excellent in supporting your digestive system, which is another reason to delay that first cuppa until after you’ve finished the most important meal of the day.
Nonetheless, if you’re really craving some tea as soon as daybreak hits, try to opt for some herbal teas instead. Chamomile, ginger or peppermint tea are all great examples of delicious tea varieties and best of all they’re caffeine-free so you can enjoy them without worrying about that extra dose of stress.
Have you ever heard of the expression Tea Time? It refers to that midday window between lunch and dinner when people generally get a bit snakish and sluggish. The term was popularized in England in the 19th century and is still widely practiced to this day.
Afternoon tea usually consists of some light cheat meals such as scones and finger sandwiches and, well, of course – tea. Because lunch is often the most calorie-dense meal, post-lunch tea usually includes tea varieties that promote digestion and better gut health.
Aside from green, peppermint and ginger tea that we mentioned in the previous paragraph, the best tea strains for indigestion include fennel, dandelion, senna and angelica root tea.
These tea varieties are known for their high antioxidant content that can decrease the production of stomach acid, protecting against stomach ulcers. They’re known to relieve symptoms of constipation and can promote bowel movement, acting as light laxatives.
Black tea and white tea are also excellent strains for that afternoon break, as they’ll provide a slight caffeine boost and help keep your gut health in check.
Struggling to catch some z’s? If you suffer from insomnia or other sleep-related issues, then drinking tea before bedtime might provide some relief in that department.
The best option for evening tea time is to choose herbal tea varieties that contain no caffeine. Caffeine can throw you off balance and further disrupt your circadian rhythm, making it impossible to get a good night’s sleep.
Keeping that in mind, oolong, black, green and white tea should be avoided at all costs in the evening hours!
However, there’s plenty of tea to go around and herbal teas can help you finally put your mind at ease. Chamomile has been used for centuries to treat insomnia and anxiety issues, making it a favorite bedtime beverage enjoyed by many. Tea made from valerian root is highly effective in treating sleeping disorders, so much in fact that plenty of people opt for capsule supplemented when they have trouble falling and staying asleep. Be that as it may, valerian root is most effective when consumed fresh, so if you can get your hands on some fresh roots and stems, it could significantly aid you in tour battle against insomnia.
Lavender tea is another herbal variety with soothing properties. Although the research concerning lavender’s effectiveness is a bit thin, it is still widely used by people all around the world to insomnia caused by stress and anxiety disorder. Finally, lemon balm and magnolia bark tea are said to modify GABA receptors in the brain, which are responsible for the activity of neurons in our brains. Research shows that these two tea varieties act as a sedative that can influence the GABA receptors, allowing you to fall asleep faster and stay asleep for longer periods.
When’s your favorite time to drink tea? What tea variety do you enjoy most?