These Teas Could Make You Want to Break Up With Coffee

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Anyone who has replaced their morning coffee habit with tea will tell you there’s something about how the caffeine in tea hits you that’s very different from coffee; it’s less frenetic while still — if you pick the right one — able to give you an energy boost. But that’s not all. What if we told you there have been studies done to show that specific teas may naturally boost your levels of testosterone? We’d venture to guess a cup of zero calorie tea is looking really great right about now.
So, next time you’re getting ready to tackle that morning or mid-afternoon slump, try sipping one of the below teas which, in addition to increasing energy, have been shown to help fight inflammation, curb hunger, and more.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is widely known for its ability help minimize fat gain and has been widely pushed by experts like Tim Ferris. The same benefits can be found in tea form where it has been shown to help fight inflammation, boost heart health, improve circulation, and work as a natural impotence remedy.

Ginger beer

Ginger tea has been shown to not only fight inflammation but to naturally boost testosterone. While drinking pure ginger tea is best, it’s a taste that some may have trouble wrapping their taste buds around. DAVIDsTEA Ginger Beer gets over the flavor hurtle by combining ginger with apple and traditional beer flavors. It will sooth both a bloated stomach and a sore throat during these cooler fall months. This tea also makes a great healthy cocktail; try it iced with vodka and carbonated water, a twist on a Moscow mule.

Matcha

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The Japanese are on to something and it has finally caught on Stateside. Matcha is a powdered green tea, but it’s exceedingly more potent than regular green tea — ¼ to ½ teaspoon of matcha is equal to 8 to 10 cups of regular tea in terms of its antioxidant power. The powdered tea leaves are used in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies and whisked together with hot water, which means you are ingesting the tea leaves thereby getting significantly more nutritional benefits than you would with traditional brewed leaf teas. Now thanks to the launch of Sharp’s Tea-Cere Matcha Maker, it’s easier than ever to make a cup of matcha or, better yet, a matcha latte (for those that prefer to soften the tea’s vegetal taste). In addition to its anti-aging and weight loss benefits, matcha’s strong taste and aroma make it perfect for cleansing the palate during or after a meal.

Pu’erh

Pu’erh tea is known to be a game changing digestive tea, and, while it’s caffeinated, you can have it right before bed and still sleep like a baby. Promising research also points to the tea’s ability to help lower cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar, while also improving bacterial flora in the intestines

Buttered rum

It’s hard to argue with the appeal of hot buttered rum on a cold day, except when it comes to the calories. Now there’s a health-minded, zero calorie version thanks to DAVIDsTea. Toasted coconut and vanilla beans are also in the black tea mix, and it works well hot or iced. It also blends perfectly with dark rum, brown sugar, and a dash of milk – for those that can’t resist a little a kick to their after-work energy drink.

Oolong

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While oolong is caffeinated it has a rich fruity flavor that makes it great mid-afternoon. High in antioxidants oolong has been shown to be great for skin, tooth decay, blood-sugar levels, and it can even prevent hair loss if you make a tea rinse out of the leaves.

Black

Highest in caffeine from all of the teas, black tea is best enjoyed first thing in the morning. In addition to boosting your energy researchers have found that it can reduce plaque formation while restricting the bacteria growth that promotes cavities and tooth decays. The same active chemical compounds will also help stop the growth of bacteria that causes bad breath. Other research has shown that black tea may help strengthen the immune system, encourage healthy bones, and lower the risk of diabetes.

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