Coffee seems to be the most popular pick-me-up, right? Employees commiserate about how much they need another coffee or coffee beverage during the afternoon slump. And everyone knows none of us can function in the morning without it. But did you know that tea is actually the most consumed beverage on the planet? (It’s been cultivated and enjoyed socially for thousands of years.) So, although it may seem like all your employees want coffee over anything else, don’t underestimate the allure a hot cup of tea can have with your workforce.

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Here are six of the most popular teas to consider offering in the breakroom and why they’re good for you:

  • Black Tea — this incredibly popular tea, specifically Earl Grey, has a relatively high caffeine content. It also contains polyphenols, or antioxidants, that attack free radicals in your body that age your cells. Secret to youth, anyone?
  • Green tea — originating from China, this may be the oldest known harvested tea. Green tea is anti-inflammatory, helping if you suffer from joint aches and pains. It is also known to boost memory and aid in relieving water retention.
  • Mint tea — peppermint is excellent for those with digestive issues or an upset stomach. Sipping on this tea before or after a meal, or when feeling unwell, will calm a queasy stomach.
  • Chamomile tea — this flowery, herbal tea is a bedtime staple but it’s also helpful for those with anxiety or stress. Sip on a cup of chamomile if you’re having a particularly stressful day.
  • Lemon tea —excellent for allergies or if you’re suffering from cold virus symptoms. The astringent properties in lemon will shrink a swollen, sore throat and relieve discomfort. Add honey for a natural sweetener that will coat your throat and reduce coughing.
  • Ginger tea — Diaphoretic compounds in ginger will help you sweat, which will break a fever if you’re sick. Drink this spicy tea when you have the flu, nausea or are dizzy.

While coffee may keep you extra perky throughout the day, drinking tea could help keep illness at bay and offer additional health benefits. The next time you have a coffee meeting or an afternoon break, try swapping out coffee for tea — but be sure to skimp out on the added sugar and creamers to fully take advantage of the health benefits.

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