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Forget Coffee, Switch To Drinking Tea!

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It’s Time For Tea!

On the heels of the Royal Wedding, I thought a blog about tea was appropriate.

Here is a challenge for you: For the next week, completely give up coffee and drink tea instead.

How many gasps did I just hear?

You can start by drinking organic black tea for the first two days as it has the most caffeine. Then switch over to organic green and white teas. Eventually decaf and herbal teas.

I noticed a dramatic, positive change when I switched from coffee to tea….including more energy (less jittery), and clearer skin. And green tea has so many health benefits. It’s full of antioxidants called catechins, which have an anti-inflammatory effect. In the book, “Green Tea” by Nadine Taylor, M.S., R.D., there is powerful proof that green and white tea can do anything from boost your immune system, to slowing the aging process, as well as preventing cancer and heart disease, among many other things.

“Green tea can’t prevent every cancer, but it’s the cheapest and most practical method for cancer prevention available to the general public.” -Hirota Fujiki, Chemist, National Cancer Center Research Institute, Tokyo, Japan

And we haven’t even begun to cover the benefits of all the different kinds of herbal teas for everyday remedies there are. Not to mention the tasty selection of flavors to boot! I prefer a cup of green tea in the morning to get me going, white tea with lavender during the day, a cup of organic mint tea after dinner as it helps settle the stomach. And at night, chamomile tea to relax.

If you already have some favorite teas and/or noticed a change from tea, please share your experience below. If you plan on “switching over”, let me know how it goes. Good luck!

“While there’s tea, there’s hope.” -Sir Arthur Pinero

Want to read more on this topic? I recommend: Green Tea By Nadine Taylor, M.S., R.D.

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