Going Caffeine Free
26 November, 2018 by Life Rituals
Going Caffeine Free
Coffee and tea are two of the world’s beverages of choice, and while many people understand that coffee contains caffeine and it is consumed for its stimulatory effects, it’s important to note that tea also contains caffeine.
The caffeine component found in the camellia sinensis plant contains varying degrees of caffeine, depending on how and when the plant is harvested and processed. Dependent on the growing techniques and treatments that the tea leaves undergo, they are then classified as white tea, green tea, yellow tea, oolong tea, black tea or matcha tea, all of which are caffeinated but to varying levels.
At Life Rituals we hand blend both caffeinated and non caffeinated teas, but with a purpose. Our herbalist inspired range of wellness tea infusions are unique imaginative blends with traditional benefits and remarkable flavours and an excellent way to reduce your caffeine intake. We have a passion for health, vitality and optimal wellness. We create herbal tea blends that focus on a variety of ailments, from Insomnia – try Bedtime Ritual, Stress – Try Daytime Calm, to Energy – Try Energising Ritual, and Indigestion – Try Digestive Ritual.
Consuming caffeine can become habitual and should be done in moderation, however, caffeine consumption is not one-size-fits-all. The amount of caffeine a person can tolerate before symptoms start to occur will be affected by factors including the person’s body weight, metabolism, medications they may be taking, how much food has been eaten before the caffeine, and the type of caffeine consumed. The caffeine from chocolate and soft drink will affect you differently to the caffeine found in tea, and there can be some benefits to consuming caffeinated teas. The caffeine from tea is released at a slower rate by the body than the caffeine from coffee, offering a more balanced, longer lasting release. This offers a gentle and uplifting effect, rather than a more acute spike and drop in energy levels. We use Sencha Organic Green Tea in our Energising Ritual Tea blend combined with other carefully selected ingredients to help keep your mind and senses sharp and operating at optimum levels during stressful periods. We have several other caffeinated tea blends with organic jasmine in our Eight Treasures Vitality Ritual, and organic white tea in our Unwind and Uplift Ritual that are still perfectly healthy for you in moderation; The extensive benefits of green tea are hard not to ignore see our previous blog on green tea.
The high levels of antioxidants found in tea can also help to slow the absorption of caffeine resulting in a gentle release into the system and a longer period of alertness. The greatest effect on the final caffeine content of tea is directly related to water temperature and length of brewing time – the longer you brew the tea and the higher the water temperature, the higher the caffeine content of the end product.
It is important to be cautious when consuming caffeine, but caffeine in moderation in tea has many benefits. Having larger amounts of caffeine in your diet on a regular basis may cause short-term issues including muscle twitching, increased heart rate, and stimulation of the nervous system, which can lead to anxiety in some people. It can also affect sleep patterns and can cause shorter periods of deep sleep, which leaves you feeling tired on waking. The good news is that if your one of those people who are sensitive to caffeine then we have plenty of delicious tea blends like Digestive Ritual; Cleanse and Detox Ritual, Bedtime Ritual, and Protection Ritual; that do not contain any caffeine.
There are a variety of fantastic wellness tea infusions here at Life Rituals Organic Teas which are unique imaginative blends with traditional benefits and remarkable flavours and an excellent way to reduce your caffeine intake, offer a caffeine free option and give your body a break from caffeine, while you still get to enjoy a healthy tasty hot drink.