There are several health benefits tea may have on the body that I have found from some recent research.
No matter your preference or time of the year, tea can be enjoyed over ice or hot. It really depends on the kind of mood I’m in-weather I’m feeling like a hot drink or a cold refresher. For me, it really doesn’t matter what the temperature is. I’ll drink tea year round!
Some teas can be very delicious and… (nutritious!) And filled with flavor spices for us to enjoy. Drinking tea does make it a lot easier to consume the “required” daily fluids, keeping us hydrated each day. Some studies have shown that teas can help protect your teeth and your heart and even keep away cancers. Well, that sounds like a plus to me. Shall we keep on reading!?
Did you know the type of tea you drink can make a difference? Interesting, right!? Well, it sure makes all the difference and here is why. When the teas are made they go through a certain process and depending on how long the leaves (ferment) seep depends on what type of tea it turns out to be. You can have a variety of teas. Oolong tea, black tea, and green tea all originate from the plant camellia sinensis. Black tea and oolong tea are both fermented and oxide which gives them their rich deep color.
Green tea is said to the “healthiest” of them all as it is the least processed and has the highest amounts of polyphenols. Because of this several studies have been conducted using green teas for medicinal usage. I know for myself when I drink green tea it’s easy on my stomach, helps to promote digestion.
Here 5 top reasons why you should consider drinking tea-their health benefits:
- Tea contains many antioxidants. Antioxidants are natural chemicals that are found in food and some beverages that are said to have been linked to health benefits. Although certain levels of antioxidant vitamins in the diet are required for good health, there is considerable debate on whether antioxidant-rich foods or supplements have anti-disease activity. Moreover, if they are actually beneficial, it is unknown which antioxidants) are needed from the diet and in what amounts beyond typical dietary intake.
- Tea contains less amounts of caffeine than coffee. Of course, there are the teas like chamomile and others that have no caffeine in their makeup. More often than not, whether I’m at home or dining out I’ll ask the waiter/ waitress for a cup of tea (caffeine-free). I like the taste of the tea already why do I need to have the extra added caffeine especially if it’s in the middle of the day. A friend of mine got me hooked on having almond milk with a squirt of honey in my tea. I think it’s an English thing as I can remember that’s how I had my tea when I was in England with my grandmother sipping on tea at Harrod’s. That was a fabulous time spent with my gram. I don’t know about you but if I drink too much coffee in one day I become very kitty and my heart rate begins to speed up. On an average day, I usually consume between 1-2 cups of coffee. My dad and mom really got me hooked on kona coffee. It’s so yummy and really puts an ump in your day. Try it out and see what I’m talking about. For the past 2 months, I have been having a cup of tea in the morning and one just before I got to bed. I really notice a difference in the way I feel.
- Tea may help with diet. If you are trying to lose weight consuming large amounts of green tea can help to curb your appetite says Anna Ardine, clinical nutrition manager at Magee-Womens Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
- Tea can help to put yourself in a good mood. So many people you come in contact are in a bad mood for no reason. Do you ever meet people like this? Well, there has been some research that says depending on how much tea you drink a day can have a tie on your overall well being, putting you in a good mood. I have noticed this to be true. Every time I have tea, hot or cold it always makes me smile and relaxed. Because it can help to decrease tooth loss by changing your mouth’s pH it can help by preventing cavities. WOW! I wish I knew this years ago… could have possibly avoided having 5 cavities filled and going through the pain to have it done.
- Tea may help to boost your immune system. Again, the more tea you consume on a daily basis will depend on the benefits you can have. Holy basil or Tulsi Tea has been used by Ayurvedic practitioners for centuries to help keep the immune system strong post injuries and by preventing any illness that may come our way. The tea has antibacterial and anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties helping to ensure we stay healthy by fighting off the bad cells that may lower our immune system.
Now go make yourself a hot cup of tea!