We all know that we should drink less caffeine, but why?
There are many reasons why people choose to avoid caffeine, from simple healthy lifestyle choices to pregnancy, insomnia, anxiety and high blood pressure. Caffeine stimulates the adrenaline in our nervous systems and the effects can range all the way from a mild sense of alertness to experiencing full-on ‘jitters’.
At the same time, caffeine can interfere with our natural sleep patterns as it counteracts the effect of a chemical called ‘adenosine’ that builds up during the day and plays a role in regulating how long we are awake. It can also contribute to reducing the quality of our sleep, causing us to sleep more lightly, and to be more likely to wake during the night. We then feel more tired when we get up in the morning, and use caffeine to try and stay alert during the day, and thus the cycle continues.
Where do we find caffeine?
Caffeine can be found in many places, both expected and unexpected. Probably the most common source of caffeine is coffee, as well as black tea, energy drinks and chocolate.
However it can also be found in varying quantities in green teas and some cold and flu medicines; soft drinks such as Coke can have as much caffeine as coffee; even decaffeinated tea and coffee can also still contain low levels of caffeine, not to mention the fact that decaffeination is a chemically induced process.
How can we avoid caffeine?
The good news is that there are lots of delicious alternatives to caffeinated drinks, and here at Dragonfly Tea we have a great range of naturally caffeine free teas to suit all tastes and all occasions. For example, Rooibos Tea is a naturally caffeine free tea, rich in antioxidants and high in many vitamins and minerals; so as well as being good for your sleep, it has a beneficial effect on the immune system and general health. You can drink Rooibos with or without milk, or with honey or lemon to taste, or even as an iced tea as it does not go bitter.
Our Dragonfly Rooibos Breakfast is a great morning option, as is our Earl Grey Rooibos with oil of bergamot. If you feel like a treat, Vanilla Rooibos Tea with real Madagascan vanilla is velvety and indulgent at any time of the day.
Why not give them a try and make a start on cutting down the caffeine in your day?