Week Two Challenge: Can You Go Off Tea/Coffee?

Published On: Thu, 30 Apr 2015 09:00:00 +0530
Week Two Challenge: Can You Go Off Tea/Coffee?

Billions of people worldwide drink coffee or consume some form of caffeine on a regular basis as it is a great stimulant that helps to stay active or feel fresh. However, due to increased work pressure, the intake of these stimulants tends to go overboard and thus dehydration of body cells sets in. If you rely on a cup of tea/coffee to get you going, it is high time to make some changes!

Coffee or tea also tends to kill appetite and aggravate acidity. The higher intake also leads to decreased body metabolism, resulting in delayed eating pattern and increased fat storage.

At times, we are so habituated to it that we end up having it with the meals too. The result, no matter how healthy the meal, the nutrients do not get absorbed due to certain anti-nutritional factors (tannins) found in tea/coffee.

Although caffeine is generally accepted as safe for consumption in moderation, but there are some considerable benefits of breaking the habit or quitting energy drinks, coffee, tea and so on.

As part of this weekly challenge, you should aim to reduce the intake of tea/coffee to half. Say if you take 4 cups of tea/coffee you should cut it down to 2 small cups, and is advisable to opt for healthy drinks like coconut water, butter milk, lemonades and green tea. Daily workout sessions will further help you to kick your caffeine addiction.

On a daily basis, it is also highly advisable to reduce the sugar quantity and replace it with healthier substitutes like jaggery, stevia and raw honey. However, don't forget to burn the calories by going for a morning or evening walk, along with some breathing and stretching exercises.

In case you find it too difficult to quit the idea of having a morning tea, then you should replace your cup of tea with green/chamomile/peppermint/herbal tea. Unlike the regular tea, these herbal teas have an added benefit of increasing the metabolic rate, antioxidant power and anti-inflammatory agent.

Also, it is advisable to drink a glass of water immediately after taking a cup of tea/coffee. In case you are sipping herbal teas then also don't forget to take a glass of water immediately after drinking it. Some herbal teas too contain tannins, so it is important to re-hydrate your body.
Also, avoid having tea/coffee with meals and in the evening. It is advisable to keep a gap of 1-2 hours prior to any meals. However, it is best to ditch the tea/coffee completely and opt for healthy drinks.

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