When is the Best Time to Drink Green Tea?

You have decided to add green tea to your daily diet; but not sure yet when to take green tea or how many cups you should have daily! Well; don’t worry. Many of us have had this question at the beginning. In fact it’s a legit question; because timing is very crucial in daily diet. Body reacts with what we eat or drink differently at different time of the day and different seasons in a year.

Let us first understand when you should not have green tea.

First thing in the morning?

A cup of regular green tea contains lots of

  • phytochemicals, like, polyphenols, caffeine
  • anti-oxidants, like, flavonoids

These are all active compounds. Caffeine is a psychoactive stimulant. So, it is natural that you might prefer having green tea in the morning once you wake up.

Wait a sec. This is not advisable as having green tea in empty stomach can harm your liver. So, don’t make green tea your first thing in the morning.

Just after meal?

Too many people are habituated to drink tea or coffee just after lunch or dinner. This is not an advisable habit too. It directly interferes with digestion of meal. You don’t get complete benefit of either. Similarly, having a cup tea or coffee before meal is also not advisable. It impairs your appetite. Same is true for green tea.

Always try to maintain a gap of at least an hour before or after meal while having green tea. It actually stimulate body’s nutrition ingestion capability and also improves appetite; other than regular benefits.

Before you go to bed?

Never ever drink green tea just before you are going to sleep. Caffeine in green tea will keep you awake and disturb your sleep cycle. This is true despite the fact the caffeine content in green tea is much less than coffee or a cup of strong black tea. Besides, green tea is diuretic; induce urination. That would also hamper a sound sleep.

So, when is the best time to drink green tea?

  • Around 9:30 to 10 am just before starting the regular work schedule
  • Before or after meal with at least an hour gap
  • Roughly 30 minutes before your exercise schedule

Also, try to go lighter on green tea during winter. That might cause dehydration in dry winter weather. Summer is the best time to have green tea. And prefer not to take more than 3 to 4 cups green tea. Otherwise, it might drain out essential elements from your body.

How to Prepare Perfect Green Tea at Home

Green tea before breakfast

Green tea before breakfast

Ellie, you don’t need to learn making tea!
Who said you that Ravi?
Isn’t it simple making green tea! Like, have some hot water, steep the tea and stain before your pour in your cup.

Well that depends.

Indeed. Everyone knows how to make tea even if he or she has never tried in own hand. So, what is so especial about preparing perfect green tea at home?

Let’s have a look at what’s the standard preparation of green tea.

  • Heat up water
  • Place your green tea leaves in tea pot
  • Pour hot water
  • Steep for a while
  • Stir a spoon inside tea pot to make tea infusion even
  • Pour tea in the cup

Why green tea making is a little delicate?

Green tea is less processed; hence contains good amount astringency components and flavouring components. They dissolve in water at different temperatures. Astringency components, like, catechins, are particularly good for health. For good dissolve of astringency components, we need around 80-90 degree Celsius temperature; however, at such temperature flavours tend to fade out making the tea bland. Water quality also impact flavour. So, maintaining temperature and water quality is key to making perfect green tea.

So, the last words…

  • In case you are having high quality flavour green tea or naturally flavoured green tea then you need to keep the water temperature around 70 degree Celsius.
  • For better astringency, keep the water at around 90 degree Celsius.
  • Use low mineral water; for tap water make sure to remove chlorine odour before using.
  • For low temperature steeping keep the green tea for around 120 – 150 seconds. For high temperature steeping correct duration would be around 60 seconds.

Te-a-me Teas is well known name in the world of quality tea. You can choose your favourite green tea flavour in loose as well as in tea bags. Next time, remember the points we just discussed for preparing your perfect cup of green tea.

Solace of Ice Brew in this Thorny Summer

Scathing heat waves, sweat and perennial squirm. Summer is here. Life seems like an endless road in the middle of a thirsty desert. You need something to hold onto through this torturous time; something that cab give solace to the gentle soul.

Cold water? Err… not much comforting. Cold latte? Too much caffeine. Sleepless nights. How about a very long glass of Ice Brew?

Ice Brew!!! There is something in the name. That feels like a respite in scorching summer. But wait a minute. Is it something hot steeped and then cooled? No. Not at all. Rather it’s cold brewed; and served on the rocks.

Wow. That would be really soul freshening; especially on a summer afternoon or just after sun down.

Yes. Undoubtedly. For the first time in India, TE-A-ME is offering the range of, one and only kind, ice brew drink. A delicious, all-natural and super-healthy blend of fruits, herbs and all the good things in every sip. No boiling water. No steeping herbs. No mixing with ice to cool down. No added sugar. No artificial color.

It’s simple to make and super cool to have.

  • Place the bag in a glass of water
  • Pour ice and stir well
  • Keep it for 5 minutes
  • Voila! Enjoy

Get you Ice Brew bags today. Choose from the nerve-soothing flavours:

Lychee – The iced rush of fresh lychees is all you need for the summer afternoon by the pool.

Wild berry – Taste the smooth romance of summer strawberries and ripe raspberries blended with crushed ice. Made for your sunny days.

Lemon – Warm summer evenings? Lose yourself in zesty, lemony delicious dipped in ice. Freshness awaits in every sip you take.

Mint Green – This iced blend gives you the sharp zest of icy mint any time of the day. The best part? It’s balanced with calming green tea.

Peach – It’s the smooth satisfaction of fresh peaches blended with the bold flavour of black iced tea.

And gift yourself the best thing in this summer.

Daily Stress of Life and How Tea can Address the Same

In modern industrialized society stress is as bad as cancer. It lurks deep inside your mind and feed itself on your vulnerabilities, weaknesses and shortcomings. Stress crops its head up whenever a situation overwhelms you and you start believing yourself inferior to overcome the situation. Sounds familiar?

We often portray stress as a villain; but all is not bad about stress. Psychologically speaking stress has positive sides too. It prepares our body and mind to face any danger and perform better under pressure or in emergency. Our nervous system and our body’s defense mechanism get into an automatic high-alert mode to protect us from any possible harm. It is called “stress response”.

However, too much of anything is bad. So, frequent exposure to emergencies and threats causes stress responses to persist; making permanent damage to human mind and body. At this point stress becomes negative and harmful. Some of the common symptoms of stress going overboard are:

  • Depression
  • Pain in body, especially joints
  • Sleep disorder
  • Digestion problem
  • Skin diseases
  • Poor memory and attention
  • Autoimmune diseases

Managing stress

It takes regular monitoring and controlling of stress levels once a person is diagnosed with chronic stress. Such process is commonly called stress management. There are different tools and psychotherapeutic techniques for managing stress. However, for relief from your daily stress there are a few home remedies and having herbal tea is one of them. Yes; it might sound trivial but they are tested and trusted therapies.

Let us discuss common varieties of teas, which are highly effective against stress.

Mint green tea

This is a variety of Green tea blended with Mentha Piperita or common mint. Its rich aroma soothes nerve and relieve anxiety. When under stress, our muscles contract to prepare our body for emergency. Mint extract is natural muscle relaxant.  So, if you are feeling irritated or anxious having a cup of mint tea is exactly what you need.

Chamomile tea

Chamomile is daisy like plant with lots of medicinal usage. Generally, Green tea is used as base in making chamomile tea from its dried flower petals. However, chamomile infusion can be taken without green tea. It is a natural sleep inducer; traditionally, used as herbal medicine in treating sleep deprivation. Mild flavour of chamomile has relaxing effect on nerve. A cup of chamomile tea before bed time can erase your everyday stress.

Tulsi tea

Negative stress has lots of toxic impact on our body and health. We need to detoxify regularly for overcoming torments of daily stress. Tulsi tea is considered having strong detoxifying impact. Natural anti-oxidants in Tulsi infusion also rejuvenates your nerves and make your body gain back the lost energy naturally.

Along with all these herbal infusions, green tea, on its own, is also a very good stress buster. Polyphenols in Green tea helps you to fight anxiety. It is adaptogenica and keeps you alert without causing drowsiness.

How to prepare these herbal infusions?

You can prepare any of the above infusions at home with right ingredients. They are simple to prepare but time-consuming; might not be an option in your busy schedule. Another alternative is using naturally blended green tea varieties from TE-A-ME Teas. They are available in tea bags for instant usage; natural blending of these herbals with green tea keeps all the medicinal qualities intact. So, we don’t have to worry about the healthy goodness.