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Let’s Spill the Tea (AKA Coffee)

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Denison chapter.

I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this earlier, but I’m an indecisive person. Don’t get me wrong, there are some things that I can easily commit with no qualms or problems, but there are some things that I just can’t ever decide. One of those things was the classic age-old tea vs. coffee debate. But, upon further research, I think it’s time that coffee and I go our separate ways.

I started drinking tea before I started drinking coffee. My first drink was a hot cup of chai, which is a blend of black tea, herbs, and spices. (Originated from India, FYI.) It was my favorite drink growing up—there was nothing like a warm cup of tea after a stressful day that can automatically make me feel at ease. Then, around the time I started high school, my Dad started giving me coffee every morning. After a while, it was the only thing I could rely on after sluggishly rolling out of bed at 6 AM. I became almost an addict because I felt like I was still in sleep mode without it. However, it did make me wired and jumpy, but at the time it was better than feeling stagnant and lethargic without it.

I know that coffee isn’t technically good for you. It can make you addictive, (like it almost made me) it can increase your stress hormones, (hence why I felt jumpy and wired) and it can make it difficult to regulate the normal detoxification process in the liver. That sounds super dramatic, but it’s worth noting. Also, coffee can also make you poop…. like a lot. When I started college, the last thing I needed was to become a caffeine addict and have my stress hormones elevated even more than it already is, so I’m back to drinking my cup of chai. You should try it.