Benefits of drinking tea
Nia Bennett | Nov, 1 2018
Drinking tea has many benefits, no wonder a good old fashioned cuppa has always been a popular drink of choice regardless of the weather.
One of my favourite reasons to have a tea is its flavour and soothing effect, but the truth is beside it been refreshing it has incredible health benefits.
There is a scientific correlation between tea and its impact on health. Medicinal research is providing scientific evidence for this.
Could reduce stroke
Not only is consuming tea incredibly cheap but it is also very easy to make. There is a lot of scientific evidence that suggests that regular consumption of green tea and black tea is great to reduce the chances of heart attacks/strokes. Start your day with a warm cup and not only will you help you stay alert but also has great long-term benefits.
While stores are filled with expensive and fancy low to zero calories drinks, this one literally does what it says on the tin. A cup of black or green tea is zero calories so you don’t have to worry about weight gain but the beauty is herbal teas come in so many flavours and in decaffeinated that you also don’t have to be loaded on caffeine throughout the day and yet be refreshed.
Tea is well known to be packed with antioxidants. Our body uses antioxidants by limiting the production of free radicals that damage skin cells. White tea is the least processed. Don't be mistaken white tea is not milky tea. This type of tea is harvested before the plant’s leaves fully open and at this point, it has white strands, hence the name white tea. But for teas with high levels of antioxidants, opt for white, green, black and oolong tea and your skin will thank you.
Could reduce the risk of cancer
There have been significant scientific studies that indicate a relation with drinking green and black tea which reduces the risk of cancers, especially breast, colon, ovary, prostate, and lung. Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, a senior clinical nutritionist at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center. “What we typically say is that tea, like other plant foods, contains immune-supportive and cancer-fighting properties.” Although there is no concrete evidence about cancer prevention, tea has immune boosting effects which is great to help our body fight diseases.
Helping with weight loss
The lovely flavonoids and caffeine in tea are what aids weight loss as it helps in boosting our metabolic rate and improves insulin levels. One of the best variants in green tea is the matcha green tea which is incredible for burning fat. But ultimately drinking tea without milk and sugar has incredible health benefits and this combined with exercise is bound to help you lose weight and stay fit.
Few studies have proven that the catechins and polyphenols in tea kill viruses that cause influenza. Regular consumption of green tea, camomile tea and mint tea are a great way to help your body fight diseases. You could start your day with a warm cup of green tea with lemon and honey and slowly ease off the caffeine with soothing teas like peppermint, lavender and chamomile that not only has health benefits but also a soothing quality that will help your muscles relax and lead to better sleep.
Heals digestive systems
Herbal teas are incredible to ease stomach and aid digestion. We highly recommend ‘masala chai’ which is a mix of spices including cinnamon, pepper, cardamom and ginger, which is beneficial for digestion. Other herbal teas like chamomile tea, cranberry, fennel, rosemary and lavender teas may help relieve gas.
Drinking natural, sugar-free, good quality tea is incredibly beneficial, it can lower blood pressure, cholesterol levels, protect the heart, reduce the risk of cancer and help you relax by nourishing your body - so go ahead and have that warm cuppa to help your body heal.