“All true tea lovers not only like their tea strong, but like it a little stronger with each year that passes.” – George Orwell
I used to love a good cup of coffee. I didn’t think much of coffee when I was younger – but when I entered the work force it was taken for granted that everyone expected to have at least one cup of coffee while they went about their day. I quickly joined that force as I found coffee helped me wake up in the mornings and focus more on my work. One cup in the morning quickly turned into another afternoon cup, and sometimes a third for good measure. I didn’t see anything wrong with this – until, that is, I started having some pretty severe stomach acid problems.
Now this was something that came as a total surprise to me. Everything I had read suggested coffee has numerous health benefits, which it does, but nothing I had read really stuck out the fact that coffee is a highly acidic drink that can cause problems on it’s own. All of the coffee I was drinking started to influence stomach acid production in my body – slowly eating at my digestive lining. I needed to kick the habit but I was so used to drinking a few cups a day that I was determined to find an alternative route.
Right around this time, I had finished listening to an episode of the Tim Ferriss Show podcast where he mentioned a new blend of Pu-erh tea he was testing with a few other ingredients. I had heard people mention Pu-erh a few times but I thought – “Tea? Meh there’s a million teas, that one probably is just like all the others.” I’ll admit I had wanted to try something new though, so I went and bought some Pu-erh Tea from my local 99 Ranch market. My first reaction was that this stuff was pretty good. My second reaction was – I think I’ve found what I need to kick the habit.
The first step to kicking the coffee habit, if you want to do it entirely, is to consider yourself a non-coffee drinker from the start. Many self-development books reference the idea that “100% is easy, 99% is tough.” By this they mean that if you commit to changing a habit 100% of the time, instead of “just sometimes”, you are way more likely to succeed. That’s what this tip is about here – just wake up on day one and say “I’m a non-coffee drinker” and start your trials in the pu-erh tea arena. You’ll of course want to get extra rest the night before – caffeine withdrawal is a very real thing, but that isn’t to say that you can’t supplement with a little bit of green tea to help.
You read that heading correctly. There are numerous studies on nlm.nih.gov touting the benefits of Pu-erh Tea for improving several key ailments that affect many people in the Western world. I personally drink a cup of Pu-erh in the morning and usually after lunch if I am in the office. I find that after a meal, Pu-erh Tea really helps me stay awake and though this is anecdotal I can definitely attest improved digestion aspects of these studies. I feel that Pu-erh helps prevent blood sugar spikes if I drink it shortly after eating a meal at my desk. I’m not a doctor of course and can’t say whether you will feel the same, but I can say that drinking Pu-erh tea is worth a shot based on the research available. I’ve personally convinced 3 other colleagues to buy a box and they love it.
Pu-erh tea has officially helped me kick coffee for the last 4 months. With the concept that I am a “non-coffee drinker” in mind, I have thoroughly corrected my stomach acid issues and probably saved quite a bit of money by not having anything to buy when I pass a Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts. It’s amazing that you can go from 2 or 3 cups every single day to 0 cups a week and still function at the same or an even higher level. That’s what I’ve discovered since I stopped drinking coffee and started drinking Pu-erh Tea, and I know you too can discover it for yourself.
-Anthony From AuthenticGrowth.com