BOTALYS' tips

It’s Tea break !

x How to enhance productivity at work thanks to a cup of Tea




Taking a small break during a intense day at the office increases our productivity and improves our well-being a work. Although, it is not often feasible to have a walk outside or a sport session, it is easier and always possible to share a little tea break with your colleagues.
Tea is well known for its calming properties, but it has also been proven that it can benefit your brain. So, let’s enjoy a healthy pause gathering around a cup of tea!

Tao of tea

As you may know, the legend tells that the Chinese emperor and renowned herbalist, Shennong, discovered the virtues of tea leaves more than 5 000 years ago. One day after a long journey, the emperor decided he wanted to rest under the shade of a Camellia sinensis. During his nap, a few leaves had fallen from the tree into the water that his servant had boiled for him. The Emperor was surprised by the color and the refreshing taste of the infusion. After he had drunk the bowl, his body felt so energized that his tiredness had completely disappeared. This is how Tea came into being.

Tea as a superdrink

Several studies have shown the health benefits of tea. Scientific literature has demonstrated that tea intake is beneficial to human health. Because of active molecules namely, Catechin, L-Theanine, and Caffeine, a regular tea consumption seems to:

 

  • improve mood due to its anti-stress effect and decrease the risk of depression (1-3)

  • lower risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease because of a regulation of blood pressure and cholesterols levels (4)

  • enhance cognitive health, both memory recognition and performance, and prevent cognitive decline (5)

A recent study published in June 2019 (6) demonstrates that habitual tea-drinkers show a more efficient structural brain organization, in comparison to non-tea drinkers.


« This study offers the first evidence of the positive contribution of tea drinking to brain structure and suggests a protective effect on age-related decline in brain organization. » 

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PhD Lei Feng from National University of Singapore.


If connections between brain regions are more structured, information processing can be performed more efficiently.

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A sacred break

Did you already experience mindful drinking? A tea break is a good way to do so! 

Having a tea alone allows yourself to slow down, be still, meditate and re-center. Sharing a kettle with your colleagues is the perfect opportunity exchange ideas, collaborates and bond. This little tea break will also help you dealing with your stress (5) and enhance your general well-being. Breathe and talk over a warm cup of tea for a few minutes may truly increase your productivity at work.

Useful tips !

Preparing tea is easier than you think. There are a few simple rules to follow:

  1. Buy blends of premium quality. Preferably at organic shops or herbalists. In case you go on holidays where tea grows, bring some back from the source.
  2. Choose the adapted blend in line with your needs. Green tea mixed with ginger, peppermint and cinnamon will refresh and boost both your mind and body. Infusions with yellow or red fruit will give you a sense of satisfaction and achievement.
  3. Respect the temperature of water and the timing of infusion. Never boil the water and avoid exceeding the time of infusion. 70° and less than 3 minutes for a green tea, 90° and at least 5 minutes for a blend of herbs and/or fruits.
  4. Take a 10 minutes tea break once a day for yourself and at least once a week with your team. Do and repeat!
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Brigitte

"I only buy tea with natural ingredients, so without flavorings. At this moment, I am enjoying a mix of black tea and pieces of vanilla bourbon. A lovely cup of tea at work makes me feel at ease and helps me to write better articles."

Stéphanie

" Tea gives me this comfortable feeling, the smooth energy that I need to give myself 100% to my team. My personal recipe : an organic Rooibos with a spoon of honey and one drop of Citrus Limon essential oil."

Gaëlle

"Every teapot is a little escape, each time a new flavor coming from another continent. I like to take the time to prepare Tea properly and share it with my colleagues. Black tea with red fruits and green Tea with mint are my favorites, and you ?"

Sources :

((1) Yoto A, Motoki M, Murao S, Yokogoshi H. Effects of L-theanine or caffeine intake on changes in blood pressure under physical and psychological stresses. J Physiol Anthropol. 2012; 31:28.
(2) Kimura K, Ozeki M, Juneja LR, Ohira H. L-Theanine reduces psychological and physiological stress responses. Biol Psychol. 2007; 74:39–45.
(3) Feng L, Li J, Kua EH, Lee TS, Yap KB, John Rush A, Ng TP. Association between tea consumption and depressive symptoms in older Chinese adults. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2012; 60:2358–60.
(4) Cheng TO. All teas are not created equal: the Chinese green tea and cardiovascular health. Int J Cardiol. 2006; 108:301–08.
(5) De la Torre R, De Sola S, Pons M, Duchon A, de Lagran MM, Farré M, Fitó M, Benejam B, Langohr K, Rodriguez J, Pujadas M, Bizot JC, Cuenca A, et al. Epigallocatechin-3-gallate, a DYRK1A inhibitor, rescues cognitive deficits in Down syndrome mouse models and in humans. Mol Nutr Food Res. 2014; 58:278–88.
(6) Junhua Li, Rafael Romero-Garcia, John Suckling, Lei Feng, Habitual tea drinking modulates brain efficiency: evidence from brain connectivity evaluation, June 14, 2019