Tea Time! 5 Health Benefits of Drinking Tea
I am a tea drinker. I have been for a very long time. I was a coffee drinker for a very long time. I didn't think I was doing any harm to my body. So I was surprised when one day I went for a routine check-up and my blood pressure was through the roof! The Doctor asked me if I had any caffeine that day. That's when I admitted I drank two pots of coffee. Two pots of coffee was my normal intake of coffee - everyday!
She told me I needed to stop drinking coffee in order to protect my health. So I stopped cold turkey. What a miserable weekend that was! I was sick to my stomach, had a headache and felt awful. But after three days, the symptoms subsided and once I felt great. It took me a long time to really appreciate tea. But now that I drink it every single day sometimes multiple times of the day.
What I didn't realize when I became a tea drinker is the health benefits my body, mind and spirit get from drinking tea. One of the best benefits is tea counts towards daily water intake. If you read my posts regularly or follow me on social media, you know that my formula for hydration is to drink half your body weight in water, every single day. This is a struggle for all of us! We are constantly dehydrated, even me!
Since tea is flavored water that becomes infused with health benefits, tea counts towards daily hydration goals. A lot of times we don't drink enough water because we get bored of it. Tea makes drinking water more exciting and flavorful. One watch out is to make sure to buy organic tea. A lot of teas are processed using chemicals not only in the processing of the tea leaves but also in the bag that houses the tea.
So how much tea should you drink in a day? That is up to you. There are so many different types of teas for specific health conditions, such as healthy digestion, that you may want to drink tea three or more times in a day. I typically drink 3 cups of tea a day. Two cups of Chai tea in the morning with steamed almond milk. I add in collagen for a healthy gut, ashwagandha for adrenal support and honey to help fight bad bacteria. Then in the afternoon, it is either green tea or matcha for metabolism support, lemon ginger tea for digestive health or a combination tea that includes turmeric for healthy bones and joints. It all depends on my mood and how my body is feeling.
Here are 5 health benefits of drinking tea:
1) TEA MAY HELP YOU FALL ASLEEP
Tea contains a compound called L-theanine which promotes relaxation and can help you sleep by supporting calming brain chemicals and reducing chemicals linked to stress. And it does this without making you groggy, says Michael J. Brues, PhD, author of Good Night: The Sleep Doctor's 4-Week Program to Better Sleep and Better Health (Dutton, 2006).
2) IT MAY BOOST BRAIN HEALTH
Some scientists are pinning hopes on tea as a way to help prevent Alzheimer's disease. In 2017, researchers at McMaster University in Ontario reported that green tea may interfere with the formation of beta-amyloid peptides, "one of the prime suspects in the early molecular cascade that leads to cognitive decline."
NeuroScience News reports that a study led by researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) revealed that regular tea drinkers have better-organized brain regions - and this is associated with healthy cognitive function - compare to non-tea drinkers. The research team made this discovery after examining neuro-imaging data of 36 older adults.
3) TEA MAY PROTECT AGAINST CANCER
Numerous studies link green tea consumption to the prevention of many cancers, including lung, colon, stomach and breast cancer. Several studies and clinical trials show that green teas (and to a lesser extent, black and oolong teas) may reduce the risk of other chronic diseases, too.
4) IT MAY PROTECT AGAINST TYPE 2 DIABETES
Drinking tea may lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. In 2012, a study of 26,000 people in Europe, researches found that people who drank at least four cups of tea daily showed a 16% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes than non-tea drinkers.
5) TEA MAY PROTECT AGAINST HEART DISEASE
According to a 2017 American Journal of Medicine report that looked at 6,500 ethnically diverse people, being a moderate tea drinker - just one cup or more a day - may help prevent the development of coronary artery calcium (which indicates plaque deposits) and decrease your chances of damage to the heart muscle from a heart attack or another cardiovascular event.
I hope you enjoyed this post about the health benefits of tea. Are you are a tea fan? Let me know what type of tea you drink and why in the comments below!
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