The alarm clock goes off, and your eyes snap open. Another early morning: the bane of human existence. It’s cold, the sun is too bright, and you really could’ve used another hour or two (or three) of sleep. But duty calls. You don’t really have a choice; you have to get up, even though you feel like a zombie. You’re going to need a little help to start your day. So what are you going to do? You’re going to help yourself to a nice tasty dose of caffeine.
Caffeine is the unsung hero of global industry, the fuel that makes the world turn ‘round. It works by increasing dopamine levels in the brain (causing the feeling known as “caffeine euphoria”) while blocking adenosine receptors (the part of your neurochemistry responsible for feelings of tiredness), stimulating the heart, and releasing a little adrenaline into your bloodstream. To put it another way, it wakes you up, puts a smile on your face, and gives you the energy you need to face the day.
Okay, so the human race has collectively agreed that a little bit of caffeine is the best way to start a work day. In our glorious modern era, there are many caffeinated beverages available to the modern consumer: coffee, soda, energy drinks, yerba mate, frappuccinos, tea, and, of course, Proper Wild. But which one is the perfect choice for a morning on the go?
Well, how about a frappuccino from the coffee shop or a can of soda from the fridge? It’s a little unorthodox, but it can’t hurt… right? Is there any downside to starting your morning with a big mouthful of sugar?
You bet there is.
Beat The Sweet
First of all, your blood sugar levels are already high first thing in the morning. This is known in medicine as the “dawn phenomenon”, and it’s part of your body’s wake-up routine, giving you a little boost of energy to help you out of bed. Although the dawn phenomenon is mostly of concern to individuals with type 2 diabetes, it’s helpful to remember that your bloodstream already has the sugar it needs to start your day.
Consuming too much sugar in the morning will make you feel hungry well before lunchtime rolls around by increasing the insulin levels in your bloodstream. On top of that, sugar is terrible for your teeth, as it feeds the bacteria that cause plaque and cavities and helps them thrive in the biome that is your mouth. Sugar is even worse for your heart, as eating too much of it significantly increases your risk of cardiovascular disease.
The smart move is to avoid consuming too much sugar in the morning (or at all). So a morning soda is out of the question, and a syrupy frappuccino is probably not a good idea either. That leaves us with coffee, tea, yerba mate, and Proper Wild.
Bring On The L-Theanine
The thing is, coffee isn’t for everyone. It contains the xanthine caffeine, but not the xanthine L-Theanine. So why is that a problem? Because without L-Theanine, caffeine may give you “the jitters”: a collection of unpleasant symptoms that include trembling hands and pounding headaches. Some people are more sensitive to caffeine jitters than others. If someone is hypersensitive to caffeine - or even if they are simply unused to caffeine and take too high a dose - then they have already ruined their day before it starts by knocking back a mug of coffee.
So how does L-Theanine balance out the caffeine jitters? To understand that, we need to know how caffeine jitters happen in the first place. Caffeine is a vasoconstrictor, which means that it contracts blood vessels and increases blood pressure - hence the unpleasant headache.
Caffeine doesn’t just give you a little adrenaline kick; it can also increase levels of cortisol (a.k.a. the stress hormone) in the bloodstream. This is not a great situation, even for veteran coffee drinkers, and, in the long run, it can be hard on your heart.
That means it’s time for L-Theanine to come to the rescue. You see, where caffeine is a vasoconstrictor, L-Theanine is a vasodilator. It opens the blood vessels wide, which in turn lowers blood pressure. It also lowers cortisol levels more than caffeine can raise them. That makes for a less stressful day and a very happy heart!
And that’s not all! Too much coffee can make it difficult to nod off at night, even when consumed relatively early in the day. In fact, scientists have demonstrated that caffeine taken six hours before bedtime can deny you an entire hour of the rest you would otherwise have received. Caffeine without L-Theanine is notorious for having a negative impact on both quantity and quality of sleep. It can even make changes to your circadian rhythm! Caffeinated beverages containing L-Theanine, on the other hand, can actually help you get to sleep after a long and productive day of work.
L-Theanine appears in every variety of tea - whether white, green, black, or oolong - but is present in the highest concentration in green tea. But even that won't compare to Proper Wild, which contains twice the amount of caffeine as green tea and fifteen times the L-Theanine! Proper Wild is a unique preparation of green tea extract, specially designed to bring you the optimal ratio of L-Theanine to caffeine for good health and sustained energy throughout the day.
Making The Right Choice For You
By process of elimination, we are left with tea, yerba mate, and Proper Wild. All three come from natural ingredients, all three have a delicious natural flavor with no added sweeteners, and all three have a healthy ratio of L-Theanine to caffeine - with Proper Wild leading the pack at 100 mg of caffeine and 120 mg of L-Theanine per serving.
Still, tea and yerba mate would be perfectly valid options, except that… aw, shucks. You overslept! If you don’t leave right now, you’ll be late for work. Talk about cortisol and adrenaline! Now you don’t even have time to brew a pot of tea!
Luckily for you, you have a six pack of Proper Wild waiting for you on the kitchen counter. Disaster averted. You grab one shot of Proper Wild for now (and another one for later) and head right out the door, no preparation necessary.
Proper Wild: it’s the perfect beverage for a morning on the go.