“Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.” ~Alexander Graham Bell
I swear I didn’t start this blog to talk about tea. I started it to talk about health and fitness with a holistic approach. Somehow, maybe because I believe so strongly in holistic remedies, tea has become an integral and passionate part of that approach.
I was recently introduced to a young entrepreneur whose passion for his product was contagious. As we talked, he told me about how he used to turn to coffee and energy drinks to get through the day, but was never satisfied because both made him jittery. Trying to find an alternative, he switched to green tea….and fell asleep!
CogniTea was born.
He thought that there had to be something out there to give him both energy and focus without the side effects of coffee. So he did his research, and eventually developed a blend of tea and natural herbs that supply energy and promote focus.* If you’re a regular on my blog you’ll remember that, not long ago, I did a highlight on the benefits of green tea. I mentioned how green tea helps mental clarity because it contains L-theanine which is able to cross the blood/brain barrier and promote focus. The average cup of green tea contains about 5-10 mg of L-theanine. Why CogniTea is different? It contains 100 mg of L-theanine!
When I first decided to try CogniTea I thought I had probably just found another tea to add to my collection, but it has quickly become one of my favorite teas. During my own research, I was thrilled to find that the CogniTea website offers a full list of ingredients — most of which are organic.
Now, unlike the founder of CogniTea, coffee doesn’t give me jitters. I LOVE COFFEE. I have no negative side effects, that I’m aware of, other than suspecting it’s given me (and just about everyone else in America) adrenal fatigue. As excited as I was to try CogniTea, my interest was mostly as a tea fanatic. I wholeheartedly believe in the power of herbs, but I’m naturally a skeptic (though I try not to be), so I wasn’t sold that a cup of tea was going to replace my morning coffee. But I decided to give it a fighting chance. I tried it, first thing in the morning, in place of my daily cup (or 3) of coffee.
In the interest of being realistic, I wouldn’t say I was instantly blown away by CogniTea, but it didn’t take long. For starters, despite the long and varied list of herbs, CogniTea has a mild and delicious taste, very close to mint green tea. For what I look for in a tea, that alone could have sold me, even if others might need more. But I found that an hour later I was shockingly productive. In fact, I was productive all day.
I have to come clean here about something I never talk about; after years of struggling through college I started to suspect that might have ADD. I’d never suspected through high school because I’d never truly needed to study to make good grades. I rarely did my homework and still made As because I was a great test taker. But then, close to quitting during my junior year of university, I started researching symptoms associated with ADD and, suddenly, a lot of my childhood and current behaviors made sense. What shocked me even more was how that research explained much of my mother’s behavior as well. I’ve tried medication, but going to the doctor for a full diagnosis terrifies me because I don’t want to take amphetamines every day. However, it affects every aspect of my life because I can’t focus in an unorganized environment, but I can’t focus to organize my environment. As a result, my house is never clean and organized on a consistent basis and I have a home business that I just barely manage to keep up with because I have difficulty organizing and staying on track with tasks.
I’m about to explain why any of this is relevant to my experience with CogniTea. But first, I have to make something clear:
— CogniTea is not meant and should not be used to treat ADD, ADHD, or any other behavioral or cognitive disorder. If you suspect you have one of these conditions, please see your doctor. —
That said, I can only tell you my experience. Six hours after drinking my first cup of CogniTea, my house was clean, all my work was done, and I suddenly had the rest of the day free to play with my daughter. Thinking this was probably just a placebo effect, I elected to give up coffee for three days, replace it with CogniTea, and see what happened.
For a record three days, my house stayed clean, I was more productive in my business, and my stress level went down. The ever present fog in my head that keeps me from focusing clearly was no longer there. If this is a placebo effect I’m completely okay with that! Excited I emailed the founder of CogniTea and found out that I was not the first person to contact him telling him how much CogniTea helped my focus.
In addition to being a great product, the team at CogniTea has created the #icaniwill movement with the intent of forming a community where entrepreneurs, athletes, parents, bloggers, and anyone else trying to achieve a dream or goal, can come together to support and inspire each other! You can search #CogniTea on Instagram for a peek into this community, or find @OfficialCogniTea.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any
Disclosure: Though I did receive free samples of CogniTea to try, I have not been paid, monetarily or otherwise, to review CogniTea. All opinions are 100% my own.