Green Tea vs. Coffee
How I came to choose green tea over coffee
Let me start off by saying I was once a big coffee drinker. I couldn't start the day without a cup in the morning, or I'd get a headache. Then, at work, we'd all go to the Starbucks drive-thru on our break, and I'd get a venti iced mocha with an extra shot of espresso. Needless to say, after drinking one of those badboys, the average human is feeling pretty wired. It gave me a major boost, but I also noticed it left my stomach in knots.
After about a year of this hardcore coffee drinking rampage, I suddenly came down with some of the worst abdominal pains of my life. I went into the details of it on my probiotics page, but I'll just breifly mention again, that it was so bad, the doctors initially thought it was appendicitis. The pain lasted days, and would get slightly better, only to return with avengence. The doctors I saw were of no help, and it wasn't until I did research on probiotics that I realized I might have killed of all the good bacteria in my gut with my bad diet combined with mass amounts of coffee.
So I stopped drinking coffee, and started taking probiotics. The only problem was, that without the caffeine from the coffee, I started getting major withdrawals. So I switched to green tea. This took the edge off, and after awhile, I noticed that a single mug of green tea in the morning was giving me the same boost I used to get from the coffee. Not only that, but the abdominal pains and cramping I had before were gone.
What makes me think coffee was the culprit?
After a couple months of taking probiotics and drinking green tea, my abdominal troubles were over. So I thought it might be ok to start drinking coffee again. After all, maybe the coffee wasn't a factor in my stomach pains...it could have just been a lack of good bacteria in my diet.
I drank a cup of coffee, and everything was ok. So the next day I had another, followed by the next day, and the next. After about a week of this, I started to feel a slight pain in my abdomen again which lasted the whole day. So I abruptly stopped drinking coffee again, and it went away. Just to be sure, I tried this again the next month, and the pain came back again after several days of drinking coffee...so I decided to call it quits after that!
I may be wrong, but I'm convinced coffee was the culprit. One thing I've learned is, you need to listen carefully to your body. When you notice a pattern, you need to adjust accordingly. Once in a blue moon, I'll have a cup of coffee. But never a daily dose again. It's been 4 years now, and I've never had that abdominal pain return.
Besides my little story above, there are countless reasons why you should add this green beverage to your drink menu. The health benefits of green tea are well documented and include it's high antioxidant content and catechins which help fight cancer. So I encourage you to do more research on this drink which will not only give you your daily dose of caffeine, but also add to your health!