I have always liked the taste of tea especially green tea, but recently I have become a little obsessed with it :) The other day I bought green tea and chai tea and kept it at work. Instead of drinking coffee constantly throughout the day I have decided to make some good ole tea instead. Dont get me wrong, I will still have my cup of coffee once a day and the rest of the day its tea for me.
The first recorded drinking of tea is in China, with the earliest records of tea consumption dating back to the 10th century BC. So people have been drinking tea for decades. Teas can be used for natural health remedies, herbal, and pleasure. The role of tea is well established in normalizing blood pressure, lipid depressing activity, prevention of coronary heart diseases and diabetes by reducing the blood-glucose activity.
The vanilla chai tea in the picture is really good especially when I mix it with soy creamer, kind of taste like a Chai tea latter. The green tea comes in different flavors such as mango and pomegranate. I usually just use water and the tea bags when making my tea.
Since I have been drinking tea I can really feel my body responding to it. I can tell that my muscle recovery is quicker and I am more alert and aware throughout the day, my skin complexion and tone are also improving too! More and more people are drinking tea which can help make for a healthier body.
Making my tea
- 1 tea bag for every 8 ounces
- Warm or hot water
- Splash of natural honey (alternative if need sweetner)
Benefits of tea:
1. Tea contains antioxidants. Tea’s antioxidants protect your body from the ravages of aging and the effects of pollution.
2. Tea has less caffeine than coffee. Coffee usually has two to three times the caffeine of tea. An eight-ounce cup of coffee contains around 135 mg caffeine; tea contains only 30 to 40 mg per cup. If drinking coffee gives you the jitters, causes indigestion or headaches or interferes with sleep – switch to tea.
3. Tea may reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke. Unwanted blood clots formed from cholesterol and blood platelets cause heart attack and stroke. Drinking tea may help keep your arteries smooth and clog-free, the same way a drain keeps your bathroom pipes clear.
4. Tea protects your bones. It’s not just the milk added to tea that builds strong bones. One study that compared tea drinkers with non-drinkers, found that people who drank tea for 10 or more years had the strongest bones, even after adjusting for age, body weight, exercise, smoking and other risk factors.
5. Tea increases your immune defenses. Drinking tea may help your body’s immune system fight off infection. .
7. Tea protects against cancer. Thank the polyphenols, the antioxidants found in tea, once again for their cancer-fighting effects.
8. Tea helps keep you hydrated. Caffeinated beverages, including tea, used to be on the list of beverages that didn’t contribute to our daily fluid needs. Since caffeine is a diuretic and makes us pee more, the thought was that caffeinated beverages couldn’t contribute to our overall fluid requirement.
9. Tea is calorie-free. Tea doesn’t have any calories, unless you add sweetener or milk. Consuming even 250 fewer calories per day can result in losing one pound per week. If you’re looking for a satisfying, calorie-free beverage, tea is a top choice.
10. Tea increases your metabolism. Green tea has been shown to actually increase metabolic rate so that you can burn 70 to 80 additional calories by drinking just five cups of green tea per day. Over a year’s time you could lose eight pounds just by drinking green tea.
Some other good teas to try:
- Pear green tea
- English breakfast tea
- Chamomile (helps with sleep)
- Lemon tea
- Raspberry tea
- Cinnamon apple tea
The next time you are at the grocery store stop by the tea aisle and grab a box ! You will be happy that you did in the long run… -LJAY HEALTH