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The difference between drinking coffee or tea in the morning

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Let aside the healthier reputation that tea has been known for many years, we'll focus on the difference between the caffeine level and the way our body absorbs the caffeine found in coffee and tea. 

Both coffee drinkers and tea drinkers are looking for that energy boost from caffeine, which gets our body moving in the morning. A cup of coffee contains approximately 95 milligrams of caffeine whereas the same amount of black tea contains around 48 milligrams. Green tea contains a lower level of caffeine and one cup boasts around 30 to 45 milligrams only. 

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Caffeine is absorbed by your body longer that you might think, between 3 to 7 hours. While you might not feel the caffeine boost after you had your cup of coffee or tea,  that doesn't mean your body isn't absorbing the caffeine anymore. So it's easier to overdo with coffee as the same amount contains almost double the caffeine content for the same amount of tea. In fact, different researches suggest that tea drinkers do have a easier time to fall asleep compared to heavy coffee drinkers. As a general rule, try to cut any caffeine intake 6 to 7 hours before bed time to give your body enough time to process all the caffeine before you wind down. 

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Instant vs slow 'burn energy' boost

A cup of coffee is a super-fuel in the morning and gives you an instant boost to kick start your day as the caffeine is quickly absorbed by your system. However your energy level will plummet after a few hours. While some might solve this problem by drinking that second cup, if you don't, you will experience a 'caffeine crash'.

On the other hand, tea offers more of a 'slow burn' sustained energy boost. This is due to the amino acid called L-theanine found in the tea, which actually lowers the absorption speed of caffeine into your body. L-theanine also improve concentration and focus while having anti-anxiety effects, so you have this alert feeling while relaxed which isn't supported by coffee. 

On the other hand, tea offers more of a 'slow burn' sustained energy boost. This is due to the amino acid called L-theanine found in the tea, which actually lowers the absorption speed of caffeine into your body. L-theanine also improve concentration and focus while having anti-anxiety effects, so you have this alert feeling while relaxed which isn't supported by coffee. 

If your regular tea doesn't offer a sufficient level of caffeine for you to start in the morning, consider drinking matcha as it has much more caffeine content than other teas. The reasons is because matcha is the powder made from the whole tea leaves so you consume the entire leaf, not just the steeped essence.