Less the Stress: Day 5 – Green Tea
Green tea. What is it good for? War? No, but seriously, this is a contentious issue. If I keep repeating that. Green tea is a stress reliever? I know it’s supposed to have magic powers to make you healthy. And the ones that have caffeine are supposed to be better for you than coffee. But stress relief? Please, tell me more.
Drink Green Tea
Green tea is very soothing—it contains theanine, an amino acid that gives flavor to green tea and also promotes relaxation. It is also thought that theanine is a caffeine antagonist, meaning it counters the stimulating effects of caffeine. So, drink green tea, and avoid caffeinated beverages, since caffeine can worsen the stress response.
First of all, lets look away from the claim from Women’s Health magazine that you can reduce stress “instantly.” Okay, so they make a good point. Green tea without caffeine is calming. For a while I was using green tea with caffeine for an extra non-coffee boost during the day. Plus it does taste great in iced form. However Celestial Seasonings does make several kinds of relaxing teas that mix green tea with other ingredients for a relief. I get that. I don’t know if it falls into the caffeine category or not but my coworker shared with me a green tea that smells amazing (because it doesn’t always, unless you’re 100% on board with grass flavorings), and I found it very relaxing.