A Few of the Best Healing Benefits of Tea Revealed
Have you ever wondered what benefits drinking tea brings you, besides tasting great and quenching your thirst, of course? No matter what season it is, tea can be refreshing and hit the spot. Since it can be served hot or cold, you can drink it in the summer, winter, fall or spring and it tastes great. Unsweetened, sweetened, with sugar and honey or without, it’s a great addition to any meal or just to have with a snack on a cold afternoon. As far herbal teas, they come in many different flavors, from cinnamon to chamomile and from sleepytime to chocolate, and can be drank however you want to drink them.
If you’re thinking about switching out your morning coffee with a cup of herbal tea, then this blog is going to be for you. Tea is flavorful and said to be healthier for you, although there are many scientific facts recommending coffee within reason as well. Below, we will list a few of the most common teas that people drink on a daily basis so you can do your research on each and see which has the best benefits for you.
- Green tea
- Black tea
- White tea
- Oolong tea
- Pu-erh tea
- And quite a few more
No matter which tea you choose, and in what form you choose to drink it, it has health benefits that you might not have known about. While tea is refreshing and something almost everyone loves in one form or another, it’s not just the refreshing taste that has people coming back for more. Believe it or not, tea has quite a few healing benefits as well to recommend it. Of course, which type of tea can make the difference in what type of healing and health benefits that particular tea has to your well-being.
In this blog, we’re going to delve into a few of the top benefits of tea, no matter whether it’s green, black, iced, or hot. So grab a cup of your favorite tea and come along for the ride.
Health Benefits of Tea Revealed
There are many evidenced based facts that tea is actually healthy for you. Together, we will delve into a few of them in this first section of our blog on the healing benefits of tea.
It Is Said to Reduce Stress
Everyone has heard the old saying, “Stay calm and drink tea,” in the past, but most of us thought that was just a saying to sell tea. However, it seems like this saying might actually be a true one. It is said that black tea has an amino acid that is only found in tea that has a calming effect on the brain and helps the alpha waves in the brain relax as well. Combined with the fact that the caffeine in tea is half of what it is in coffee, it is a great way to relax and unwind at the end of a long stressful day.
It can Aid in Meditation
If you are into meditation, but after your morning coffee can seem to settle down enough to meditate, then tea may just be the drink you need to help you get the job done. Drinking tea is said to keep you awake, calm and focused, which is why Buddhist monks are traditionally said to drink it before every meditation. The unique chemicals in tea, when mixed together, ensure that you are relaxed, awake, and alert all at the same time.
It can Help Improve Heart Health
Since tea is full of antioxidants, it is possible that it helps to improve heart health as well. Antioxidants protect your body from pollutions and the ravage of aging, which translates to a healthy heart at the same time. Loading up on white tea is the best way to get the antioxidants your body needs to prevent strokes, heart attacks, and heart disease. Everyone knows that heart disease is one of the top killers in the world today, so why not drink tea to help you improve it?
Some Teas can Reduce Your Cholesterol
It is thought that certain teas can reduce your bad cholesterol levels as well. There are teas out there that are famous for reducing cholesterol levels. It’s important to note, however, that with any of these, they are not a substitute for medicine that has been prescribed to you or a substitute for seeing your primary care physician. These teas are all-natural and meant to be used as supplements, not in place of your doctor.
Green Tea for Cancer Prevention
It is also said that drinking green tea can help with cancer prevention as well. It is said to reduce the risks of cancer in many different ways, such as giving the immune system a boost, inhibiting uncontrolled cell growth, and even helping to reduce free radicals. Most studies have shown that green tea has the best chemicals to help with cancer prevention, though recent studies have revealed that black tea may have the same health benefits so the choice is yours.
Is Said to Help Control Weight
Studies have shown that the flavonoids in tea can help with weight control because of the tea catechins in certain teas. These are said to help with increasing a person’s metabolism, helping with fat oxidation, and improving your blood sugar control. This works by causing a small shift in your metabolism, which aids you when you’re trying to lose weight and keep that weight off.
It is Said to Improve Oral Health
Many people don’t realize that tea actually contains fluoride, something you need to keep your teeth healthy and strong. Chemicals in tea help to control bacterial growth, meaning that whatever type of tea you choose to drink may actually be helping your oral health as well as your general health. If your dental checkups haven’t been going too well lately, try switching to tea, instead of sugary drinks and sodas, and then see how well the next dental checkup goes. You may be surprised at how much better your oral health is.
It Could Help with Diabetes
Studies have shown that those who suffer from Type 2 Diabetes could be helped by the plant extracts in some teas. This is said to be good for non-insulin dependent diabetics. However, it is best to talk to your doctor before you start taking, eating, or drinking anything new, just to be sure that it’s the right choice for your health.
These are just a few of the health benefits of drinking tea and taking advantage of its healing properties. Below we will list a few of the others for you to research.
- Has much less caffeine than coffee
- Can increase good intestinal bacteria
- Helps your body and mind
- Protects your bones
Of course, now that we know everything we need to know about the healing benefits of tea, it’s time to move into the side effects that drinking too much of this tea can cause. We will explore the side effects in the next section.
Side Effects of Drinking Too Much Tea
Anyone that loves tea can tell you, there’s never a bad time for a good cup of tea to be had. However, depending on the type of tea you drink and how much, it can actually turn into a bad thing. Keeping that in mind, let’s delve into the side effects of drinking too much of the tea you love below.
Can Cause Restlessness and Anxiety Issues
When you think about the side effects that tea can produce, you need to think about the caffeine in some teas as well. Though most of them have far less than a cup of coffee, the caffeine is still there and can still cause you issues. The caffeine in tea can provide a jolt of energy for some people, according to how susceptible you are to caffeine. Caffeine does affect different people in different ways, but in tea, it has been known to make someone jittery, restless, unable to sleep, and even cause anxiety issues. If you are prone to having problems with caffeine, then it’s best to avoid the teas with caffeine in them, especially the closer it gets to bedtime.
A Disruption in Sleep
Everyone knows that caffeine can cause a disruption in your sleep patterns. It’s also best to avoid tea right before bedtime, as it might make you have to use the bathroom at night, which may disrupt your sleep as well. This can lead to you being tired during the day and makes the health benefits of the tea you’re drinking kinda obsolete wouldn’t you think?
These are just a few of the more common side effects of tea that have been reported. Of course, there are more, but if you avoid the teas with the most caffeine in them and don’t drink them right before bedtime, you should be fine. Tea is a great thing, from the taste to the smells and from the health benefits to the different types, however, drinking it in moderation, just like everything else is key, wouldn’t you think?
Now, that we know the side effects and possible dangers of drinking too much tea, let’s move into a few myths about the fragrant and yummy drink that need to be dispelled. Ready to dispel some myths with us? Then let’s get going.
Myths Associated with Tea Dispelled
You probably already know a lot about tea if you’re a dedicated tea drinker. However, there are quite a few myths out there that even the most dedicated tea drinkers seem to believe. Let’s dispel some of those myths together, shall we?
Myth #1: Adding Milk to Your Tea Makes it Bad for You
While past studies seemed to support the fact that adding milk to your black tea actually reduce the heart-healthy benefits, recent studies seem to have proven otherwise. If you want to add milk to your tea, then go for it. Experts say it’s not going to hurt you a bit.
Myth #2: Peppermint Tea Settles the Tummy
While a nice cup of herbal tea is great for settling an upset stomach, peppermint might not be the best one to go with. Mint tends to aggravate an already upset tummy and can cause heartburn, something no one wants to experience when they already have tummy problems, to begin with.
Myth #3: Tea is Healthier for You When Nothing is Added
This, of course, is a personal preference, but very few tea drinkers have it with nothing added at all. Studies have shown that adding sugar, lemon, or other flavorings to your tea has nothing to do with how healthy it is for you. So, if you want to add honey or something else to your favorite brand of tea, feel free to do so.
Myth #4: Tea Never Goes Bad
Believe it or not, tea has a shelf life of around six months. After six months, the antioxidants start to become lost and there goes it is healthy for you. Keep those antioxidants around for longer by storing your tea in a cool, dark place in a tightly sealed container.
These are just a couple of the myths out there about the tea you love that need to be dispelled. There are more until you find them, don’t believe everything you read.
This concludes our blog on the healing benefits of tea and the myths surrounding it, as well as a few of the side effects of drinking too much of it as well. Until next time, enjoy your tea however you see fit, everyone!
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