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Tea or coffee? The answer to the age old debate!

At Basilur, we believe that tea is one of the great uniters, and millions of people around the world start and end their days with a cuppa. However, coffee seems to be the hot drink of choice for a lot of people around the globe too. That’s not to say we don’t mind the odd mug of coffee every so often, but really, tea has been an institution for centuries for a reason. So, if you are thinking about making the switch from coffee to tea, here are 5 reasons that will justify your decision!

 

 Tea is fantastic at hydrating the body and replenishing your fluid intake.

While coffee can do the same, tea has the added benefit of generally being just pure water with that stunning tea flavour, meaning that when it’s a scorching hot summer day, it’s much more beneficial to sip down some tea (hot or cold) as it’ll replace any fluids you’ve lost through sweating. It also means that it’s extremely good for your skin and getting it hydrated quicker.

 

Tea helps reduce stress

An advantage we can all use from time to time. While the physical cause behind this remains unknown, it’s a well-known fact that tea is used cross-culturally as a bonding tool as well as refreshment, which goes some way to explaining why some cultures have tea so deeply ingrained as part of their customs. Tea, or rather specifically, green tea has also been found to work as an antidepressant, meaning that taking a cup next time you’re feeling a little low might just help boost your mood. As an added bonus, not only will tea reduce your stress but it will improve your cognitive performance thanks to beneficial interactions between L-theanine and caffeine, both of which are present in tea.

 

Tea will keep you going for longer.

While it’s been commented on that tea has less caffeine than coffee when given in the same amount of servings, this isn’t actually true. Tea has the same amount of caffeine as coffee, and while both are stimulants, coffee has a much bigger depressing effect (not making you sad but reducing your energy levels) than tea, meaning that while both tea and coffee will give you a bigger rush of caffeine, with coffee, the high will also last shorter and drop quicker. If you’re wanting something to keep you going through the work day, tea is the best choice.

 

Tea can help you shed some unwanted pounds.

Relatively recent research has indicated that green tea might be a great aid in helping people who want to lose weight. It might be down to the fact that green tea helps kick start your metabolism or simply that tea is a better substitute as a practically calorie-free drink as opposed to drinking soft drinks to quench your thirst. Additionally, you can’t really add much to tea to give it extra calories!

 

Tea keeps you healthy!

Numerous studies have shown tea can tune up immune cells so they reach their targets quicker. Holy basil or tulsi tea has been used by Ayurvedic practitioners for centuries to help keep the immune system strong after injuries or illnesses thanks to its antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties. Did you also know that freshly brewed tea acts as a detoxifying agent? It is diuretic in nature and also helps replace the flushed-out fluids from your body. Therefore, tea helps relieve the pressure on your kidneys and reduces instances of kidney disorders!

So as you can see, tea has numerous benefits that give it the edge over coffee, but the biggest reason behind this is the plethora of powerful antioxidants and polyphenols found in tea. Yes, coffee has them, too, but tea often has them in higher concentrations. This also means tea contains antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antiviral benefits! 

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