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A professional writer is living in Seattle. Every morning, he follows the same routine. Feeds the dog. Grabs a banana. Says goodbye to the wife. Walks to the office. Grabs his favorite mug from the cabinet.

Pop quiz:

What’s going in the cup?

Sure, coffee is the easy answer. I mean, I do live in Seattle, which means I’m supposed to divide my time equally between staring at a screen and chatting with baristas. A few weeks ago, “coffee” would have been the right answer. Not anymore.

Now it’s Yunnan Gold. Organic Chinese Yunnan Gold from the Bare Tea, to be specific.

Why the switch?

Because a good friend just had a heart attack.

He’s only a few years older than me, and we both look healthy. But after his heart attack, I’ve decided to be proactive about my cardiovascular health. Both green and black tea—like Yunnan Gold—have long been known to reduce the risk of heart disease, but research from 2009 shows that individuals who consume more than one cup a day are 21% less likely to have a stroke. I like those odds.

Because it means less stress.

L-theanine, an amino acid found in Yunnan Gold, helps relax the body and improve concentration. Drinking small amounts on a regular basis also reduces the stress hormone called cortisol. Cortisol has been called “Public Enemy #1” when it comes to health, as it interferes with memory, lowers the immune system, increases blood pressure, and leads to weight gain. Sipping my way to better health is exercise everyone can get behind.

Because—duh—it just tastes great.

The golden leaves in Bare Tea’s sachets look great and smell even better. But let them steep in 200-degree water for a few minutes, and…it’s official: I became a converted-coffee-consumer after just one sip.

So what’s happened since the switch?

Hey, it’s only been a week, and I haven’t been to the doctor for a checkup. But I can say this: I’m looking forward to mornings a whole lot more. 



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