Starting the day in a hurry with a quick cup of coffee, going to college or work and having a couple more, coming back in the evening and drinking a cup of tea, so that we do not feel lethargic to meet that deadline — who doesn’t this sound familiar to?Little do we realise that the lethargy, tiredness and irritability that we seek to dispel as we take in one dose of caffeine after another, is caused by this very habit of caffeine consumption.
It may seem to be a harmless, even necessary habit, but our body which has been slowly crumbling in the grip of caffeine, disagrees.An regular 8 fl. oz. cup of brewed coffee contains 95 mg of caffeine, and a same-sized cup of tea contains 45 mg. Energy drinks contain a whopping 400 mg of caffeine in them. While one cup of tea or coffee a day may help stimulate our brain, there is still a risk of caffeine dependency or addiction.
Regular caffeine consumption does cause some amount of long-term damage to overall well-being.Why take the chance when you can switch to a 100% caffeine-free beverage, which tastes great, freshens your body, and is effective in keeping your mind alert? That’s what the herbal infusion life is about. It is a win-win scenario, for both your taste buds and your health!
BENEFITS OF A CAFFEINE-FREE LIFE
In some individuals, caffeine may cause anxiety. In most, it worsens a case of the nerves. It stimulates adrenaline in the body which produces the ‘fight-or-flight’ response but leaves us feeling drained and stressed when the moment of action has passed. Lavender is a completely natural alternative to lessen stress and anxiety.Higher caffeine consumption has often led to insomnia. It increases the amount of time required by one to fall asleep, and reduces sleep time and quality.
Caffeine interferes with people’s sleep cycle and pattern, causing mood problems and general irritability. Chamomile, on the other hand, promotes excellent sleep health.Caffeine also has a laxative effect, which causes loose motions and diarrhoea. Acidic reflux, indigestion and stomach ulcers may occur as some of the side effects of excessive caffeine intake. Basil infusions can help counteract these problems, as it ensures ease in the digestion process and flushes out toxins from the intestinal tract.
When one omits caffeine from their diet, they reduce the risk of diseases caused by high blood pressure. Danger of heart attacks and cardiovascular strokes caused due to caffeine is significantly reduced, if one shifts to a healthier option, such as a ginger infusion. Gingerol maintains healthy blood vessels, and prevents any blockages in the heart.Caffeine also inhibits collagen production in the skin, and can cause breakouts and worsen acne.
When one loses their caffeine habit, they pave the way for better skin. Mint infusions, and lavender infusions are both great for maintaining youthful, healthy feeling skin.Studies have also concluded that prolonged caffeine intake may cause nervous problems.
Turmeric infusions, on the other hand, have been seen to help prevent depression, Alzheimer’s disease, and other degenerative diseases of the brain.The instant energy that caffeine provides may be a quick fix, but it is hardly a sustainable habit. It would only do us good to let go of it.
Try our herbal infusions instead, and your body and mind will be thankful to you, for gifting it with vitality and longevity! It will indeed be a habit to treasure.
Amaka Herbal Tea