Got 5 minutes? Steep the benefits of tea!
Whether you like it ice cold or piping hot, tea is an incredibly versatile beverage that you can enjoy all year round. Each variety has its specific health properties, but no matter what you prefer to sip, you can reap the benefits of tea. As with any food or beverage, be mindful of what you add to your brew (and in what quantity) to keep it healthy. Here are just some of the benefits of drinking tea.
Digestion System Relief
Do you suffer from stomach problems? Herbal teas — more correctly called tisanes — may be a good choice. Some healthcare providers recommend certain teas as antispasmodic remedies for individuals that suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, including peppermint, fennel, and anise. Chamomile and ginger are also common recommendations to help nausea. With any of these above, you can buy tea bags or try steeping the fresh roots/seeds/plants in hot water.
Weight Loss Enhancement
One of the great things about buying your favorite flavor and variety of tea is that you can enjoy it with no additives as a zero-calorie beverage that is hydrating and more enticing than plain water. By swapping tea in for, say, soda or juice, you are refreshing your body without any calories. Liquid calories may not be as satisfying as eating them, so stick with zero-calorie sips as much as possible.
Tea is an excellent source of antioxidants in the form of polyphenols. Antioxidants prevent the oxidation of certain molecules in the body that can otherwise cause chronic disease or other illnesses. Though the body naturally creates free radicals and antioxidants, the antioxidants are typically outnumbered. Any tea that comes from the camellia plant (i.e. green, black, oolong — not herbals) will give your body a healthy dose of polyphenols. Read more here.
Caffeine is one of the most widely consumed stimulants in the world. Studies show both positives and negatives of caffeine, but surely we all know that familiar feeling when we consume TOO much. Try swapping one of your daily cups of coffee with tea. While green and black tea both have caffeine, it’s considerably less than drip coffee! (See a comparison here.) And if you stick with herbal tisanes, you’ll take that number down to zero.
These are just a few of the health benefits of tea. Other benefits are: pinky lifting, using fancy china cups, and feeling like you just stepped off the set of Downton Abbey. 😉 Tell us your favorite type of tea in the comments!