When’s a good time for tea? For us...ANY time is tea time, but especially first thing in the morning. The importance of selecting your morning drink to rehydrate your body after a night’s sleep can’t be underestimated. There are a number of reasons why tea should be your go-to for a morning wake-up.
We’re all looking for ways to foster a whole and healthy balance physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. Tea will nourish your body’s organs and give your brain the healthy kickstart it needs to be prepared for your day. It provides needed nutrients for your body, and triggers mental clarity. It’s about so much more than just rehydrating...it’s about developing a healthy morning ritual that, no matter what happens the rest of the day, puts you in a position of strength, balance and wholeness.
1. Tea in the morning gives you mental clarity and focus.
Many teas contain some caffeine, enough to get your morning energy boost, but not so much that it causes an adverse reaction like an upset stomach or the jitters. The L-theanine and amino acids in green tea regulate your absorption of caffeine providing for a more steady release into your system, making it a more gentle and steady process. The mix of L-theanine and caffeine triggers alpha waves and boosts your brain function.
2. Tea in the morning allows you a calm yet elevated energy that lasts throughout the day.
Tea contains an amino acid called L-theanine that has a soothing and relaxing effect on the mind. One study found that black tea helped bring down cortisol levels in stressed patients by as much as 47%. Again, tea is a steady release provider, giving you a longer lasting benefit throughout the day. There isn’t that spike and corresponding crash that comes from higher doses of caffeine or sugary juices.
3. Tea in the morning is a daily dose of health and wellness.
Loaded with antioxidants called flavonoids and polyphenols, tea offers such an array of health benefits that, according to WebMD, green and black teas may have up to 10 times the amount of antioxidants as fruits and vegetables. Tea is a simple lifestyle choice that can easily lower your risk of illnesses like heart disease and some cancers.
4. Tea in the morning is a time to set an intention for the day.
Rather than waking up to a buzzing alarm, jumping out of bed, eating on the fly and dashing off to work...develop a morning ritual that starts the day with an intention. Pause to contemplate what matters most to you and how you want to be known. Cultivate your own inner strength and clarity of purpose, and move into your day with a calm confidence.
Here is a list of our favorite morning teas:
According to Ayurvedic tradition, the quiet hours before sunrise are known as Brahma Muhurta. This is the time when your spirit is still and your mind is calm. Take advantage of the serenity to refresh - to shower yourself with love and self-care with an early morning ritual of tea.