Updated: Jul 5, 2020
So we’ve all had those days when we look forward to that hot cup of coffee to get us going in the morning. You feel that buzz as your cortisol spikes, producing that temporary energy high, but eventually we get that crash. Drinking coffee triggers your body to go into a stress response which, over time, can burnout your adrenals. Coffee also causes increased urination and sweating, causing the body to lose excess fluids which can lead to night sweats, hot flashes and urinary dysfunction.
In contrast, tea is more cooling and astringent in nature, which can help to consolidate your energy rather than scatter it. The caffeine in tea will still give you that increased energy, but on a smoother, more even flow without the highs and lows. Tea also helps increase alertness without the racy feeling or late afternoon crash.
Why is Pu-erh my favorite tea?
Pu-erh tea has has been popular in China for thousands of years for its superior health benefits. Pu-erh tea goes through a special fermentation process that makes it very beneficial to the digestive system. This tea has a mellow, earthy taste and is very popular for stimulating weight loss and producing anti-anxiety effects due to its high GABA content.
Health Benefits of Pu-erh tea:
reduces "bad cholesterol" and lowers triglyerides
raises "good cholesterol" (HDL)
lowers "bad cholesterol" (LDL)
reduces blood sugar levels
reduces plaque in the heart
aids in weight loss
improves skin tone
contains antioxidants to fight cancer
relieves stress & anxiety
calming & relaxing benefits
helps to alleviate arthritis, asthma & arteriosclerosis
contains natural theophylline – the key component in asthma medications
prevents dementia, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease
aids in digestion & promotes bowel regularity
prevents bad breath & fights cavities
detoxifies the body
How to drink Pu-erh tea:
Add tea bag to boiling filtered or spring water and steep for 2-3 minutes
Add a pinch of himalayan pink salt for added minerals & electrolytes
Drink Pu-erh tea one hour after meals to promote weight loss and aid in fat metabolism
Optional: cool tea slightly and add coconut milk and raw honey
When purchasing tea, it is very important to buy organic, high quality tea. This is my absolute favorite Pu-erh tea (and it’s chocolate too!!)