Here's How To Know If You Should Switch From Coffee To Tea

For centuries, coffee has been consumed all over the world, with the global beverage growing in the American market in 1773 (via Culture Trip). As of 2020, coffee ranked 3rd among the 12 most popular drinks in America, as compiled by Eat This, Not That – 12.6% of Americans drink coffee. To put that in context, only water and carbonated drinks were consumed more at 24.8% and 21.9% respectively.

It's easy to see why coffee is a beloved beverage: it is rich in caffeine which keeps you alert and also contains antioxidants that can ward off cancer and heart diseases, per Healthline.

However, coffee may have worrisome downsides like that it can cause high blood pressure and osteoporosis, per WebMD. Coffee is also said to negatively affect mental health, via Medical News Today.

This provides a compelling reason to reconsider coffee intake and go for tea, instead. After all, tea is another popular, healthy beverage consumed all over the world and even in America. About 159 million Americans drink tea daily (via The Tea Association of The USA).

In some cases, making the change from coffee to tea may be the difference between good health and debilitating illness. So, let's explain how you know if you should make that switch from coffee to tea ASAP.

Switch from coffee to tea if any of these things happen

Coffee might be your preferred beverage but your body could be telling you to slow down on it and once that happens, you should listen to your body and do what is needed to preserve your wellness.

Once you start seeing the adverse effects of coffee — such as jitters and sleeplessness and deteriorating oral health – becoming more pronounced, it may be time to stop drinking the strong black brew (via Caffeine Informer).

Dietician Lauren Manacker was experiencing terrible headaches due to the caffeine jolt her brain was getting from caffeine following a concussion. "My condition improved almost immediately when I gave up caffeine cold turkey" she told CNET.

Another time to consider dropping coffee is when you are pregnant. It is widely approved that 200 milligrams of caffeine, which is found in coffee, is permissible for pregnant women, per Cleveland Clinic. But it may be better to give it up altogether, especially if you are experiencing other side effects of coffee already.