The first thing most caffeine addicts will do when they wake up in the morning has a cup or two of their favorite beverage, coffee. Coffee is one of the widely researched substances in the world and is considered a stimulant. People addicted to caffeine often experience some changes in their moods and behavior.
These are some of the withdrawal symptoms to watch out for and know when it is time to kick your coffee addiction
• Low concentration levels
• Crankiness and depressed mood
• Difficulty sleeping
The first step towards battling with coffee addiction is not a total withdrawal as many would assume. Total withdrawal has severe effects and may cause further harm than good. It is advisable to withdraw gradually. The best methods so far are to cut consumption or find a substitute for it.
Tea as a substitute
Even though tea has caffeine in it, the levels are not as concentrated as the levels found in coffee and are therefore not considered harmful. There are four types of tea for you to consider.
Green tea is probably the healthiest beverage known to mankind. It is rich in antioxidants and nutrients that benefit the body. It is associated with fat loss, improved brain function and people who consume it regularly run a lower risk of getting cancer.
The amount of caffeine in green tea is just enough to produce enough response as a stimulant without the effects of taking too much caffeine. As a matter of fact, green tea has been associated with having anti-anxiety effects.
These are the least processed tea making it closer to the plant’s natural essence and therefore increasing its properties as an antioxidant. In comparison to other teas, it has the highest levels of antioxidants which are associated with neutralizing dangerous radicals in the body. White tea is famously known for its strong aroma and rich taste. The name comes from the white hairs that cover the buds and leaves of the tea plant.
This is a traditional Chinese tea. Like the green tea and the black tea, it also comes from the plant Camellia sinensis. The difference in their taste and appearance comes from the level of oxidation each tea is allowed to undergo. Oolong tea undergoes partial oxidation and somewhat lies between green tea and black tea. Black tea undergoes oxidation until it turns black while green tea is not allowed that much oxidation. The different level of oxidation is what gives each type of tea its distinct taste, unique aroma, and different color.
Black tea derives its name from the longer oxidation period it undergoes that changes its green leaves to black. It is the richest in flavor and considered a stronger tea than all the teas. It is most preferred for its alertness and energy. After coffee, black tea is the second richest in caffeine content.
Consuming any of these teas as a substitute for coffee is because of the different properties they each have that form a synergy benefit with caffeine. They vary from improved brain function, anti-anxiety, antioxidant, energy and alertness, fat loss among other benefits.
If you are a coffee addict, worry less and just pick a brand of tea that suits your taste.