Ever have one of those days?
Are you experiencing frustration from long work days, or trying to balance everything at home, or working on a project that just isn’t going the way you wanted it to? Do you find yourself having to take a step back, or some time away to regroup? You might want to try adding in a cup of tea to your needed daily break.
Tea can help you relax and focus thanks to it’s combination of naturally occurring l-theanine and caffeine.
L-theanine is an amino acid found most commonly in tea leaves. Both l-theanine and caffeine stimulate areas of the brain that increase our alertness, while l-theanine also induces relaxation. This combination helps to promotes relaxation without drowsiness. That’s a win-win!
L-theanine also enhances alpha brain waves which helps with the state of “wakeful relaxation.” That’s the state of mind you experience when meditating, being creative, or letting your mind wander in daydreaming. Alpha waves are also present during REM sleep. With the release of alpha-waves from l-theanine, you will be more likely to relax, focus, and even be more creative!
L-theanine in tea also helps to reduces stress and anxiety.
L-theanine is what’s known as an anxiolytic—it works to reduce anxiety. Some anxiolytics, such as valerian and hops, have sedative effects. L-theanine, on the other hand, promotes relaxation and stress reduction without sedating. L-theanine also helps to lower levels of cortisol, which is our stress hormone. In this way L-theanine has positive effects on the mental symptoms of stress, while also improving physical symptoms of stress, such as lowering our heart rate and blood pressure.
Start drinking tea each day to get your daily dose of l-theanine!
Each cup of black tea has about 24 mg of l-theanine and about 26 mg of caffeine. If you steep your tea for several minutes (at least 5 minutes), you’ll get more l-theanine, caffeine + other beneficial compounds in tea. Just by adding tea consistently to your daily routine can help you lower levels of your stress hormone- cortisol, and can help foster a state of calm, attentive, creative wakefulness. I suggest you give it a try, hot or cold will do!