As I continued the routine the next day by brewing myself a cup of genmaicha (brown rice green tea), I was feeling less anxious. Why? Last night’s sleep had been absolutely glorious. I suffered no restless tossing and turning that I generally do for a temporary period before officially hitting the sack, and I experienced no rude awakenings in the middle of the night. I knew that I could survive the day with less caffeine, and to my surprise, it was a little easier. I suffered another mild headache around noon, but my body soon shook it off. The caffeine boost was more mellow, but endured a solid eight hours.
I opted for a cup of matcha, a tea full of healthy amino acids like L-Theanine, on Day 3. I noticed I was taking bathroom breaks more frequently, but as a plus, my digestive system seemed to have improved. Instead of feeling bloated and sluggish after eating lunch, I felt a surge of productivity and alertness that is normally foreign to me after eating.
By Day 4, I was noticing some serious changes in my skin. I was breakout-free and my overall complexion was glowing noticeably. I had no undereye circles and even my hyperpigmentation seemed a bit lighter. Since green tea contains a cocktail of potent antioxidants called catechins, which help fight damage caused by free radicals, it can potentially reverse skin damage induced by sunlight. Various scientific studies have shown that green tea extract can neutralize the effects of exposure to UV rays. Since such exposure is a primary factor in skin aging, it makes sense that green tea could forestall premature aging over time.
Honestly, Day 5 is the day I was completely and wholly swayed—green tea had officially won me over! I never realized how jittery and irritable I had been feeling with coffee; granted I had been awake, but I wasn’t lively. Drinking green tea had my body feeling better on just about every spectrum—physically, mentally, and emotionally. Moreover, the caffeine dosage was lasting me the entire day at this point (around 10 to 12 hours).