I love iced tea! I started drinking iced tea several times a day during my last bout with depression, and I think it did three things for me. First, I found iced tea to be an appetite suppressant. Second, I found that drinking tea relaxed me. Third, I found it to be a pick-me-up and energy booster. Based on my experience, I can heartily recommend that you drink unsweetened black iced tea as a way to curb your hunger pangs, get more energy, and be calmer. That’s why I class it as a lawyer life hack. My favorite brand is Pure Leaf.
Iced Tea as an Appetite Suppressant
When I was wrestling with full-on depression, many of the medications I took (and still take) had weight gain as a side effect, and I found they made me feel constantly hungry. By chance, I discovered that black, unsweetened iced tea very effectively curbed my appetite. The more I drank, the fewer candy bars I ate. As unsweetened black iced tea itself has no calories, it naturally helped me cut back on the calories I had been taking in with all the snacks I was consuming.
I did a bit of research on why black tea might have helped me curb my appetite, and I discovered that a lot of it has to do with two substances: catechins and caffeine. Black tea is rich in catechins, an antioxidant that increases your body’s metabolism and thereby promotes weight loss. Because of the way it is brewed and fermented, black tea also has higher levels of appetite suppressing caffeine than green tea, which comes from the same plant, camellia sinensis, but is prepared using a process that causes less fermentation, and therefore less caffeine.
Of course, I had no idea about any of this when I first started slamming black tea. I just knew it made me feel less hungry, but the reasons why are interesting.
Iced Tea as an Energy Booster
Another symptom I suffered with during my last bout with depression was lethargy. I found myself taking long naps in the middle of the day and, at times, I found myself unable to get out of bed. I found that while black iced tea didn’t necessarily eliminate these problems, it was cold, refreshing, and helped improve my mood and be more alert.
Although the effects of black tea on depression are controversial, a cross section of studies has shown that increased consumption of black tea decreases the frequency of depression.
Again, I didn’t know anything of the science at the time I started consuming black tea, but this seems to jibe with my experience.
Iced Tea for Relaxation
This is just my observation based on my anecdotal experience, but I found that drinking black iced tea reduced my anxiety levels. The evidence supporting my observations is limited, but some scientific studies indicate that black tea may play a role in reducing the level of cortisol the human body produces during high stress situations.
Personally, I think that black tea may have just reduced my stress the same way as a baby bottle or binkey. I think the act of drinking it just had a pacifying effect on me. But according to the science, such as it is, there may be more to it.
Lawyer Life Hack?
I class unsweetened black Iced tea as a lawyer life hack and recommend it to you because I have found it to be a pretty useful tool when it comes to dealing with some of the medical problems we lawyers face, whether we are currently practicing or whether we are trying to write our next act. Both situations are stressful and, from personal experience, can lead to weight gain, depression and lethargy. From my experience the stuff works, and it works better than anything else I’ve tried. So it’s now a life hack I keep in my toolbox. I always make sure to have a case around.
Pure Leaf, My Favorite Iced Tea
My favorite iced tea is a brand called Pure Leaf. It’s one of the few iced black tea products available in my area that doesn’t contain sugar (which would kind of defeat the appetite suppressant effect). It also has a clean, astringent taste that I find refreshing.
I have found that on more than one occasion, I have used several bottles of this stuff while getting through a blog post, so I credit it with helping me generate contact for you, and I’d bet it could help you with some of the more concentration intensive tasks you perform on a daily basis, so please give it a try and tell me what you think.