By Sofía González
For coffee lovers, there is a point at which too much coffee is, indeed, too much. Although many people like the energy that coffee gives them, the physical effects of drinking too much coffee must be taken into account. It's good to question your daily caffeine intake when your heart rate is unstoppable and you start to sweat.
Some of the more subtle side effects manifest themselves in a feeling of anxiety and heartburn or stomach pain. This can quickly escalate to severe headaches, tachycardia, diarrhea and lack of sleep. This does not mean that coffee itself is harmful, but consumption in high doses is.
But how much is a “high dose”? A study from the Linus Pauling Institute in Oregon State University states that roughly 400 mg of caffeine or 4 cups of coffee a day. If you think this is a lot, consider that in some countries such as Finland the average coffee intake is around 12 cups a day!
Drinking coffee, in moderation, is good for you. It contains antioxidants that give you a good energy boost. Even in very low doses, helps people to concentrate on their responsibilities more easily. At the same time, drinking several cups of coffee at specific times helps regulate your digestion.
In Costa Rica, tea does not grow naturally, but there are all sorts of herbs that can be used for infusions.
That's why it's best not to overdo it. There are plenty of other teas and infusions that are just as effective. Do you need an extra boost to get through the day? Try some of these "fuels"! If what you need is a small dose of energy without the abrasive effects of coffee, here are several options.
White, green and black teas contain different levels of caffeine. Black tea has the most, followed by green and finally white tea. Although they don't contain as much caffeine, both green and white teas are very gentle on your digestive system. If you suffer from stomach problems, tea is a good substitute.
In addition, tea is a cleaner and more durable fuel. Black tea leaves, for example, contain tannins that slow down the absorption of caffeine. If you're looking for a little more energy without the need to crash into a wall, then a cup of tea is the answer.
Some Bibelot infusions contain green tea.
According to Tea Journey, “Tea is a fine energizer and much, much safer than many energy drinks that create a very fast and short-lived jolt from too much caffeine and sugar. Those can easily generate side effects of nausea, dizziness, palpitations and, for many people, anxiety.”
Looking for Herbal Teas and Infusions? Peppermint Tea
Peppermint does not contain any caffeine, but it is known for its stimulating aroma. It contains menthol, a chemical known for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic qualities. It’s a great home remedy for people who have digestive problems.
However, in a study performed on athletes, a group of scientists studied the effect of using peppermint (namely, peppermint oil) on their performance. In such study, published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports and Nutrition, was proven that the stimulating effect could have helped the athletes concentrate more on their tasks and hence, perform better.
Blue Zones Nicoya feature a select range of local herbs combined with well-known flavors.
Ginger Tea, a Good Option
Ginger is often used in ayurvedic medicine as a natural remedy to cure all sorts of ailments: it helps cure a sore throat and it is even known to prevent certain types of cancer. But if you’re looking for energy, ginger is known to boost your cognitive functions.
What’s best - ginger is so aromatic! A cup of ginger tea is a treat to your taste buds: it’s sweet, spicy and full of flavor.
Ginseng and Licorice Root Tea
Ginseng and licorice root tea is a blood tonic that also helps detoxify the entire system. This drink was once created as a hangover treatment. However, it didn't take long for people to start noticing its benefits. The idea is to prepare it in batches and take sips throughout the day.
How do you prepare it? Place the ginseng and the licorice together in a thermos or a large kettle and add 4 cups of boiling water. Soak for 20 minutes, then pour the liquid into a separate container. This tea is ready to drink. If you want more, just add 4 more cups of boiling water to the ginseng and the liquorice.
The central benefit of matcha is that the person ingests the whole green tea leaf and not just an infusion of one of its parts. This means that the person gets a higher nutritional intake per cup. In addition to being an excellent source of energy, many scientific studies have found numerous benefits, including being a major source of antioxidants.
What about the best way to drink it? Traditionally, matcha is consumed in hot water. However, many people enjoy it in milk. Add a couple of tablespoons to a cup of hot or cold milk for a comforting drink that will also keep you energized longer.
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