Here are the times when tea is most commonly consumed according to customers. They key is to approach tea as both a functional beverage and a form of hydration, just like people do in the Far East, where tea is most widely consumed for health benefits! The more you understand about tea, the more you will be able to use its health benefits to cater to your personal needs.
Best Times To Drink Tea
The immediate effects you feel from tea is heightened energy and a boost in digestion. Therefore, the best times to drink tea are when you are most tired or full in the day. For most people, this is first thing in the morning and during / after lunch and dinner.
Cup #1 – Tea In The Morning
If you are looking for coffee-like energy (without the jitters, anxiety, energy roller coaster, food cravings and dehydration), black tea in the morning will deliver a fast acting boost of energy that instantly dispels brain fog and kickstarts peak mental performance.
Since black tea has lower levels of catechins than green tea (whose molecules are larger and bound to caffeine leading to a time release effect), caffeine in black tea is faster acting and shorter lasting. You will feel the immediate effects of caffeine and they will last under 3-4 hours. Black teas are so popular in the morning that the English coined black teas, English Breakfast. One cup of Pique – English Breakfast has about 45mg of caffeine or roughly the same as half a cup of coffee.
The number of cups you should drink in the morning if you are trying to switch from coffee to tea will depend on a number of variables.
Green tea is great in the morning if you are looking for a more gradual onset of mellower energy that lasts 4-5 hours or more. Given the calming effects of l-theanine in green tea, this is a great way to start the day if you need to tap into your creative energy and tackle challenges requiring more thought and contemplation. Green tea is ideal for creative work, brainstorming, solving strategic problems and when interpersonal dynamics are key to a successful outcome. After all, it is what Buddhist monks most commonly drink to help them reach the highest levels of meditation!
Cup #2 – Tea After Lunch
The hours after lunch is one of the absolute best times in the day to drink tea! You’re halfway through the day and even the most disciplined and thoughtful eaters can’t avoid fatigue or slower brain function after lunch. This is due to the simple fact that energy is required to digest food and lunch is a sizable meal. If you don’t have access to fresh, clean food, environmental toxicity compounds the load to your metabolic system leading to even more physical fatigue and mental exhaustion. The caffeine and polyphenols in tea give you exactly the kind of energy and digestive boost you need.
Black teas in the afternoon will give you a fast acting energy boost and aid with rapid digestion by detoxifying the oils and sugars in your body. Green teas will give you a more gradual and mellow energy boost that lasts through the afternoon and speeds up your metabolism to prevent weight gain from sitting for long periods after meals.
Finally, the polyphenols in black and green teas are prebiotics that will increase the good bacteria (probiotics in your gut) and help you maintain healthy gut flora. Healthy gut flora aids with the absorption and conversion of nutrients in your meal into beneficial metabolites and processes unwanted waste and toxins. This leads to huge array of long term benefits for your immunity, metabolic system, brain function and skin.
Think about how much time you’ve lost to reduced productivity and procrastination in the hours after lunch. Drinking coffee at this time compromises your sleep quality. The easy way out? Sugar. While providing short term gratification and energy, this leads to a negative spiral of weight gain and exhaustion by the end of the day, not to mention long term damage to your health. Drinking tea after lunch is the easiest way to put a stop to this and realize outsized improvements to your health right away.
Cup #3 – Tea in the evening
Tea is often drank in large quantities during dinner in the Far East and caffeine tolerance builds up over time. For all the same reasons above, drinking tea with dinner is extremely beneficial to digestive and gut health. Which tea to drink in the evening really depends on what your body is used to and whether you are able to sleep after drinking it.
For the many people who have issues sleeping after drinking tea in the evening, there are an amazing array of herbal teas or tisanes made from many of nature’s other beneficial superplants. Not only do herbal teas taste wonderful, they provide a delightful way for your body to access and unlock the benefits of different types of plant polyphenols. Mexicans love hibiscus tea for its digestive properties as much as the ancient Egyptians prized it for beautification. Ginger is a key superplant ingredient in almost all Asia foods and improves circulation, digestion and warms your body. Rooibos is the ancient go-to in South Africa for a powerful antioxidant boost. All these amazing plants are caffeine free and have their own unique polyphenols.
3 Or More Cups A Day
Between 1 cup in the morning, 1 cup after lunch and 1 cup in the evenings, you can see how it’s not just extremely easy, but thoroughly enjoyable to consume at least 3 or more cups of tea a day. It’s really that easy to do just what the top doctors and nutritionists (who understand the importance of prevention) are prescribing to unlock the amazing benefits of tea!
Tea Drinking Pro Tips
If you really want to drink tea like a pro, however, tea drinking should not be limited to having 3 cups a day in 3 distinct settings. Whether you drink 3 cups or 10 cups a day, the best way to drink tea is to hydrate with it, or as if you were drinking water. This means taking sips continuously throughout the day so you are constantly getting microdoses of polyphenols, l-theanine and time released caffeine. At least this is how tea is consumed in the Far East where a pot of loose leaves is always nearby and constantly refilled with hot water and resteeped. After brewing the same pot of loose leaf tea repeatedly, it gets weaker and weaker and you start to drink more water than tea.
The simplest way to ‘drink tea like water’ in our busy lives is to make a large container of it and keep it next to you. Diluting one serving of tea in a large amount of water is a great way to make your water interesting and beneficial, which hydrates you while decreasing your likelihood of reaching for an unhealthy beverage. How diluted or strong should your tea be? See what works for your body and what tastes good to you. Just remember, drink at least 3 cups a day if you want to unlock its amazing benefits!
Drink Tea With Food
Whether you drink black or green tea in the morning, it can be beneficial to do so with with a small amount of food (like a biscuit) or adding milk, nutmilk, butter or ghee to it. If you have a sensitive stomach, this will help protect your stomach lining and facilitate the absorption of the polyphenols in tea.
Other Times To Drink Tea
Other popular times our customers love to drink tea (aside from the 3 times mentioned above) are before workouts, before meditation, before meetings, in traffic jams, enjoying the outdoors, during any endurance sport, reading, writing or engaging in any activity that requires creativity (green tea is best for boosting creativity).