ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Green Tea vs. Coffee

Updated on April 27, 2009
Hot green tea for health
Hot green tea for health

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.

Conclusion

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!

Green Tea processing in Japan

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      bobb 

      6 years ago

      Both of these drinks have benefits with the only real risk being insomnia due to the caffeine. The main thing one needs to worry about is what they are adding to these drinks, ie. cream, sugar and syrup. These are culprits for stomach aches in most instances and should be consumed in moderation, or not at all. I choose tea and all natural honey, but black coffee also has benefits (more caffeine :)).

    • profile image

      JeLowns 

      8 years ago

      I would encourage you do to some research on your drinks. Coffee actually has more antioxidants than green tea. It also helps reduce risks of colon cancer and Parkinson's disease.

    • Ryokucha profile imageAUTHOR

      Ryokucha 

      9 years ago

      @LondonGirl, I know for a lot of people, coffee is no problem at all. In fact, I have read that there are various health benefits to drinking coffee as well! But for me, coffee didn't mix at all.

      @brandy, what is it that you don't like about green tea? I know some people say they don't like it because it can be a little bitter. But I think it really depends on the tea you're drinking. My Mom was the same, and when I tried the green tea she had at her home, I couldn't stand it either! I took her to the local Japanese market and hooked her up with some good stuff. Now she's drinking it everyday...and doesn't even add sugar anymore.

      When I get some time, I'll try and update this page with more info about the teas that I'm drinking these days.

    • profile image

      brandy 

      9 years ago

      sorry about my age i meant to say tha i m 13 years old.......

    • profile image

      brandy 

      9 years ago

      i dnt like green tea much and i m 143 years old and i realy want to lose weight believe it or not i weigh up to 60kg.

    • LondonGirl profile image

      LondonGirl 

      9 years ago from London

      I don't think it's necessarily a straight choice between coffee and green tea - I'm drinking my morning mug of Lady Grey tea, and enjoying it greatly!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)