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A Spot of Tea or a Cup of Joe?

By Donna Kostiew

The never-ending battle of tea vs. coffee and which one is better for you has been raging for years. And although it seems like every few months or so there is a new article about the amazing benefits of one or the other, the confusion still remains. So what is it? Is there one that reigns supreme?

Let the Battle Begin

There are many similarities between tea and coffee, but there are also some very clear differences in nutritional content and how they affect your health that should be explored.

Coffee Perks

Coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world and has been shown to have many health benefits to those who drink it regularly.

  • Boosts metabolism
  • Increases energy
  • Reduces the risk of liver disease and liver cancer
  • Stimulates cognition and prevents Alzheimer’s disease
  • Prevents the onset of diabetes
  • Provides cardiovascular protection
  • Reduces the risk of Parkinson’s disease

A Spot of Tea, Please

If you aren’t starting your day with coffee, chances are you’re having a cup of tea. With its many varieties, tea offers plenty of health benefits as well.

  • Less caffeine than coffee
  • Reduces the risk of cancer
  • Helps prevent diabetes
  • Slower rate of bone loss and higher bone density
  • Slower rate of aging
  • Less effect on sleep
  • Fights inflammation
  • Reduces the risk of stroke and heart disease
  • Boosts brain health

Generally speaking, both tea and coffee can be beneficial for your overall health, and neither one really sets itself apart from the other. It really comes down to what you prefer, but there is a time and place for each one. If you’re in England, sitting across from the Queen, I would stick to tea … but if you are pulling into the parking lot of a diner while on a cross-country road trip, perhaps coffee would be the better choice. Regardless, just make sure that you aren’t trying to mask your sleep issues, or lack thereof, with the two. If you are having trouble sleeping, a wiser choice isn’t a beverage at all. For that, I recommend seeing your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

Your chiropractor will suggest ways to improve your sleep routine and will provide care that will help you achieve complete rest and deep sleep. Chiropractic adjustments reduce the nerve interference that may be causing you disruptions during the night. As a result, your body will begin to sleep better, which will leave you feeling healthier and more energized during your busy days.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in West Sacramento, Calif.

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