A different kind of BYCU today. The brew? Yerba Mate.
It’s a South American thing, and I guess it’s pretty big. It’s just a tea-like batch of leaves (and small twigs) from the yerba mate plant that is found in South America. It has caffeine . . . less than coffee but more than tea . . . and various health benefits. It supposedly promotes focus, improves mood, and increases mental energy.
I first learned about it while listening to this episode of Huberman Lab, which contains all sorts of health/daily living tricks based on science (the guy seems to know what he’s talking about). He drinks a lot of Yerba Mate, so I tried it Wednesday.
Wow, I was blown away.
I sliced through a 22-hour fast like Hunter Biden dropping the n-word. It was no problem at all. No jitters, no bad mood.
I found myself content in every work setting, not getting anxious or distracted. Meeting with clients seemed pleasant (granted, none that day were unpleasant), the weekly Kiwanis meeting with downright enjoyable, phone interruptions didn’t send me reeling. I described it to my nephew as the “best sober buzz ever.”
Now, when I came home at 4:30 and ate for the first time that week, I then took a nap. And crashed hard. I could scarcely move when I woke up an hour later because no part of my body … Read the rest