Imagine yourself sitting back, relaxing and drinking a nice cup of warm tea while unwinding from your hectic day. Did you know that people have been participating in the ritual of drinking tea for over 4,000 years? That is because tea is loaded with many nutrients that make it beneficial. Not only that, but it is also very tasty.
Here are 10 reasons you should be drinking tea:
It has less caffeine than coffee. In fact, on average tea has 50% less caffeine than an equivalent sized cup of coffee. This is great because you can drink tea much later in the day without it affecting your sleep. Additionally, you are less likely to get withdrawal headaches from tea.
- It is calorie-free. Yes, both tea and coffee are basically calorie free, but unlike coffee, many people can drink tea without adding any cream or sugar. In fact, according to George Orwell, you are doing tea a disservice if you add anything to it. He believes that tea is meant to be bitter, and should be enjoyed no other way. Oolong tea is wonderfully full-bodied and fragrant all on it’s own.
It has also been proven to boost your metabolism, especially green tea. The ECGC found in tea can actually increase your metabolic rate so much that you can burn an extra 70-80 calories per day just by drinking it.
Tea is economical. All that you need to make tea is hot water. There is no special equipment, filters, or grinders needed. This makes it much cheaper to drink tea than coffee. Plus, many tea varieties can be re-steeped multiple times before they lose flavor. Not only is it economical, it is also much more time-efficient.
Tea comes in many varieties. Whatever kinds of flavors you like, you can probably find a tea that satisfies you. There are a countless number of tea flavors available. Plus, depending on the way you make the tea, these flavors can take on even more varieties.
Tea will not stain your teeth; it may actually make your teeth whiter. It contains fluoride that can fight plaque and maintain your shiny smile. Plus, according to TeaViews, the tannins found in black tea can even kill the bacteria found in your mouth. This means less cavities and better smelling breath.
Tea also contains polyphenols, which are a powerful antioxidant. These antioxidants can provide a boost to your immune system, keeping you healthy year round. Additionally, they have been shown to fight cancer, relieve pain, and lower cholesterol.
Tea has cleansing properties that work to clean out your digestive system as you drink it. That means you will have less indigestion and constipation.
Tea is also a great stress reliever. Any tea can help relieve stress, but tea with additives like chamomile is even more effective at providing you with a stress-free feeling.
When you drink tea, you are not just drinking it to get it down. Drinking tea provides you with a total body experience. First, the aroma fills your nose. Then you get to savor every sip of this delicious beverage. As the tea makes its way into your stomach, it warms your body from the inside. If you are looking for a way to de-stress, relax, and enjoy a good old-fashioned beverage, tea is your only option.
Cindy Lawrence studied nursing and nutrition in college and does health and fitness freelance work on the side. She loves creating healthy but fun menus for her young children.
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