By Julia Andresakis’18
Tea has been linked to calming the body for as long as it has been consumed. With the amount of stress the school year typically brings to Tech students, feelings of calmness and clarity are essential to toning down stress levels every now and then. Many sleep-deprived, energy-drained students turn to coffee to keep them alert and functioning throughout the school day.
However, recent studies conclude that certain types of tea can ease stress and anxiety, as well as have the ability to clear minds. Lavender tea, for example, has been acknowledged as an anti-inflammatory. This means it helps the intestine, which, in turn, helps the mind. Chamomile tea is also well-known for promoting tranquility and relaxation.
Green tea tends to have more physical and mental health benefits than other types of tea such as black or oolong. Most unsweetened teas are full of antioxidants that play a large role in decluttering minds and bettering thought processes. Pitted against coffee, the two share similar health benefits. One notable difference, however, is caffeine levels found in tea and coffee. Coffee tends to be loaded with caffeine, contributing to its popularity amongst high school students; who find themselves pulling all-nighters or waking up at the crack of dawn to get ready for school. Too much caffeine may lead to too much dependency of it over time. In fact, according to research done by Columbia University, “Caffeine mildly stimulates the heart and respiratory system, increases muscular tremor, and produces more stomach acid. Higher doses may cause nervousness, anxiety, irritability, headache, disturbed sleep, and stomach upset or peptic ulcers.” To combat this, tea provides an alternative. Most teas, if not decaffeinated, have mild dosages of caffeine in them. Teas provide a safer and less extreme boost of energy, but can get the job done nonetheless.
According to the Tea Association of the United States of America, tea is the most consumed beverage in the US other than water. It is the most commonly consumed by millennials (87% of millennials reportedly drink tea). Drinking tea also combats another problem numerous teens may recognize–stress eating. Along with loading up on the coffee, mindless snacking while cramming for a test is quite prevalent among students. The flavonoids (compounds that have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antiviral properties) in tea increase metabolic rate, meaning the calories from late night snacking are more easily burned off.
Tea is an all-around problem solver. Feeling stressed, anxious, or overwhelmed? Need a clear mind? Tea is the answer. A cup of hot water with herbs truly can go a long way.
Inspirational Quote: “A cup of tea would restore my normality.” – Douglas Adams