Having a hot, soothing cup of tea after a l-o-n-g and stressful day is one of life’s sweetest pleasures. Honestly, the world would probably be in much better shape in every possible way if everyone simply took a “time out” every evening to enjoy some tea, and relax their jangled nerves.
However, there’s a part of this delightful tea story that isn’t so pleasant: the fact that many teas are LOADED with caffeine and other stimulants. Rather than helping you wind down and relax, these teas take you in the other direction and actually cause more stress and anxiety.
What’s more, if you make it a habit to enjoy a cup of caffeine-loaded tea each day – or multiple times a day – then your body will quickly adjust, and you’ll need even MORE tea to simply feel like your normal sense. Indeed, it’s not uncommon for some people to feel compelled to drink tea after tea (just like some people drink coffee after coffee or soda after soda) in order to get through their day.
With this in mind, our advice to you is to always read the label on any box or package of tea, so that you can be sure that it’s not going to add to your stress and anxiety. Remember: black tea, which is the type that you typically find in grocery stores, has the MOST caffeine of all “true” teas. And while many herbal teas state on the label that they’re “caffeine-free”, some of them add stimulants that you simply don’t want or need; at least when you’re in the mood to unwind.
Both of these premium quality Oolong tea selections are made with GABA, which is a neurotransmitter in the central nervous system (CNS) that inhibits nerve transmission in the brain – and therefore helps balance out excess excitement and anxiety levels caused by excitatory brain chemicals. The end result is improved mood, more relaxation, lower stress, and even greater concentration.
So remember: when it comes to choosing tea for stress and anxiety, always read the label, check out the ingredients, and if you don’t like what you see — then don’t drink it! It could make your l-o-n-g day even longer, and lead to adverse health effects down the road.
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