Benefits of Drinking Tea

Most countries around the world have many tea traditions steeped within their cultures.  The English, for example, take their tea very seriously and have evolved their tea drinking into a daily event that centers on family and friends.  Traditionally, tea has always been a great unifier and a customary part of people’s days.

Tea isn’t just a cultural tradition though, it has become a part of many people’s daily healthy living and the benefits it provides are numerous and great.

1. When your body is dehydrated, tea is a great way to rehydrate it:  Since tea is essentially just water with added tea flavor, it actually replaces any depleted fluids from sweating.  It’s also great for skin since it helps keep you hydrated.

2. You won’t crash after drinking tea:  Typically when you drink something with a lot of caffeine and sugar, for example coffee or soda, you will crash shortly after. Tea actually allows you to keep that awake feeling for longer since it has less caffeine in it than coffee or soda.

3. Antioxidants! Antioxidants! Antioxidants!:  Tea is full of antioxidants that help to keep your body working properly and looking/feeling great.  It also helps to fight free radicals which can cause damage to your DNA, leading to cancer, heart disease, and neurological diseases.  The antioxidants in tea actually fight back against free radicals and protect your body.

4. Studies show tea can help to prevent some major diseases:  Why tea is so great at helping to prevent disease is still somewhat unknown, but the health benefits of tea have been lauded since the legendary Chinese Emperor, Shennong wrote about them 5000 years ago.

  • Cancer: Tea has been shown to help reduce the chances that you might develop certain cancers.  Some of them include breast, colon, skin, lung, esophageal, stomach, liver, ovarian, and prostate.
  • Heart Disease:  Reduces the risk of heart attack, cardiovascular disease, and degenerative disease.  Scientists have found that people who drink one to three cups of green tea a day helped lower their risk of heart attack by 20% and of stroke by 35%.
  • Drinking tea has been linked to a lower risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.
  • Type 2 Diabetes:  Green tea has helped people who have Type 2 diabetes better process sugars.
  • Brain Diseases:  Tea is an effective agent against neurological diseases, especially the degenerative ones, like Alzheimer’s.  The polyphenols that are found in green tea help maintain the parts of the brain that control and regulate your learning abilities and memory.

5. Want to lose some weight?  Tea can help with that:  Most teas, especially green teas, actually help get your metabolism moving.  Also, tea on its own is practically calorie free.  And the best part?  There are so many flavor options and types of tea that you will never get bored.

6. Smile so bright, I gotta wear shades:  Teas are much better for your teeth than other beverages out there.  Drinking tea helps to decrease tooth loss and it actually changes the pH in your mouth that has shown to decrease your chances of cavities.  While coffee is harsh on your tooth enamel, tea does not appear to be the same.

7. Don’t worry, be happy:  Green tea has been to work as an anti-depressant.  Coffee and other caffeinated beverages act as a depressant and cause you to feel down after finishing them, but green tea can actually boost your mood and make you feel great!

8. Can strengthen your immune system:  Since it is water, it will help to flush out toxins from your body that are causing you pain or discomfort.  Herbal teas actually soothe and help your digestion.  Chamomile tea is particularly great for people who suffer from IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and ginger and mint tea are great for soothing nausea.

9. Exercise strengtheners:  Antioxidants in green tea increases your body’s ability to burn fat which gives you fuel for your workout, therefore helping you to improve your muscles endurance.

10. Tea is easier to make than most every other beverage:  All it takes is some hot water, a tea bag, and a mug and you have yourself one healthy drink.  What’s better than sitting in a comfy chair, with a good book (or a great movie), and drinking a nice spot of tea?  Absolutely nothing.

Next time you decide you need a pick me up, try choosing tea.

If you are interested in trying out some new teas, make sure to visit one of the following places, who are experienced in the art of tea.

  • Nicholas Coffee and Tea Co. – Located in Market Square, you can buy a cup of tea from around the world brewed fresh in house.  This store sells all types of gourmet teas (black, green ,white) and many brewing systems if you like to brew loose leaf over bags.
  • Arnold’s Tea – If you are in the North Side near the Children’s Museum, don’t forget to check out this place.  They are a tea and pastry shop that proudly specializes in premium blends of loose leaf teas.  The food is all provided by local artisans.
  • Omni William Penn – Looking for that classic afternoon high tea experience?  The Omni William Penn Hotel offers a high tea Mondays through Saturdays by reservation.  They serve a light fare and traditional afternoon teas in a relaxed and elegant atmosphere while listening to smooth jazz music from the lobby.

Don’t be afraid to leave a comment about the post or if we missed a great spot to enjoy a fresh cuppa!

 

Sources: http://www.today.com/series/one-small-thing/top-10-health-benefits-drinking-tea-t81111
http://healthland.time.com/2012/09/04/13-reasons-to-love-tea/
http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/10-benefits-drinking-tea-over-coffee.html

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