Why Drinking Tea Is Good for You
Everyone loves coffee and it’s easy to see why. The delicate mix of sweet syrup, rich cream and bitter coffee grounds are insanely addictive.
But aside from its heavenly taste, people love coffee because it makes a great Instagram subject and no matter what filter you use as long as what you are posting is coffee people are going to double tap on it unquestionably.
But this post isn’t about coffee; it’s about the less talked-about drink that more often than not gets overshadowed by your Starbucks Venti white chocolate mocha. In this post, we’ll talk about why you need to drink tea and the benefits you get from drinking it.
Well tea is loaded with health benefits. Although coffee has tons of health benefits to offer as well, if you are the type who likes your coffee sweet and creamy then it’s safe to say that the calories in a single Venti white chocolate mocha is already equivalent to one full meal compared to tea.
So if you are weight conscious, choosing coffee over tea is unwise unless you’ll have it brewed. If caffeine is really what you are after we suggest you go for tea instead.
The following are some of the benefits you’ll get when drinking tea.
Doctor Tim Bond of the Tea Advisory Panel or TAP says, ‘Drinking black, green, oolong and herbal infusions all tick a lot of boxes when it comes to our health – from reducing diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, arthritis and obesity risks, to protecting against cancer, as well as having oral health and hydration benefits.’
Rich in Antioxidants
We live in a world where toxins are everywhere. From the air we breathe (pollution) to the food we eat (some are carcinogenic). Antioxidants play an important role in preventing the damaging effects of such toxins. The good news is that a cup of tea is loaded with antioxidants.
According to Cassandra Barns, a health writer and nutritionist, “The primary health-boosting quality of green tea is undoubtedly its content of antioxidants.
These include a type of flavonol called catechins, of which the most abundant is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). Catechines have been found to have anti-inflammatory activity, anti-cancer and anti-aging properties, among others.”
It has also been said that matcha contains the highest content of EGCG, a hundred times more compared to an ordinary green tea.
But if you don’t mind the calories or if you are working out, go ahead and order a green tea matcha.
It’s a refreshing and sweet tasting drink loaded with all the benefits of EGCG.
Lowers Your Risk of Disease
A cup of tea may appear relatively ordinary but researchers believe that it has the power to help some of our biggest health concerns today.
According to data collected from the Department of Neurosurgery, Shanghai Seventh People’s Hospital in China, it was found that drinking tea regularly around three cups of black tea per day reduces the risk of suffering from stroke by 21% and the risk of CHD or coronary heart disease by 27%.
Another study by the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) discovered that drinking approximately three cups of coffee, three cups of tea or a combination reduces your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 42%.
Adding a dash of cinnamon on your tea also helps with disease prevention.
One of the most effective and natural remedies to weight loss is drinking tea whether it’s green, white or black all of which are known to help you lose weight naturally.
Researchers based in Germany hailed white tea as a “natural source of slimming substances” after it was discovered that the extract of white tea successfully stops the generation of new fat cells called adipocytes and it also stimulates fat mobilization from mature fat cells.
Green tea is just as effective as white tea when it comes to weight loss. Green tea’s weight shedding actions include increasing your body’s thermogenesis, reducing fat absorption, reducing your appetite and increasing fat oxidation (the process of turning fat into energy).
According to the Department of Nutrition at the University of Oslo, drinking tea regularly prevents weight gain by approximately 0.64 kg and reduces your waist circumference by approximately 1.88cm.
If you need a caffeine kick try drinking a cup or two of tea instead of going for a café latte. It’s like hitting two birds with one stone; you get energized while you’re losing weight!
This is every woman’s dream come true so thank researchers for their efforts in coming up with this mind-blowing discovery.
Aside from its ability ward off toxins and its efficacy to make you lose weight, drinking tea also protects your bones, improves your oral health and digestive health among others.
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