Tea-time, all the time?
Energy, through food and drink, is an essential life force, yes. It matters, though, where we get that energy and when. We're now really begging the questions: what are we putting into our bodies and at what time of day? Most nutritionists you will speak to, have as much to say about when to consume certain ingredients, as about what those ingredients are.
That drinking tea is a healthy habit is well-known and endorsed by science. But is there a best time to drink it; does it matter? The answer is yes and no.
The multitude of benefits that tea provides makes it a versatile drink, fit for consumption through the day. However, depending on which benefit you wish to capitalize on, there's merit in being mindful about your tea-and-time-of-day pairing. Let's look at some recommendations:
Mindful Mornings: if tea is your morning beverage of preference, you can attest to what an awakening experience it is - right to your soul! The natural caffeine content in tea helps kick off your day, but a morning cuppa also jump-starts the senses, literally turning over a new (tea) leaf for your new day. If you are looking for an alternative to coffee, black, green and white teas are all great to consume in the morning.
Active Afternoons: drinking tea in the afternoon is a great way to re-energize your body and mind. Opting for a lighter, herbal concoction or a fruit-infused tea helps provide freshen you up, but the lower caffeine contents of these teas prevents you from feeling wired before bedtime.
Evenings in Equilibrium: as the day draws to a close, you deserve to unwind and end your routine on a calm note. Caffeine-free teas are a great recommendation for this hour, so can swig serenity without interfering with your sleep schedule. Chamomile tea is a popular choice for post afternoons, but any herbal tea will work just as well.