All about tea!

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In India, diabetes and tea have a place in almost all households! It is something like the national drink and even the West has caught up with this beneficial drink.

These are some reasons why you should start drinking tea:

  • Is a Stimulating Drink –

Any kind of tea can perk you up due to the caffeine it has. This is caffeine from a natural source, and is healthy if you stick to 2-3 cups a day. It is a healthier and a better substitute to coffee and other drinks.

 

  • Hydrates The Body

A team of scientists in Australia recently concluded that your eight glasses of water a day doesn’t mean you have to stick to plain water. The water used to brew green tea can be drunk, and since it doesn’t contain a lot of caffeine it won’t act to dehydrate the body but is a good source.

  • Treats Toothache

Because of the antibacterial properties of green tea, it can help ease toothache pain. Brew a strong batch and let the tea steep for a long time to get as much nutrients as possible.

  • Fights Inflammation

The EGCG in green tea as everyone knows aids weight loss but also helps to fight inflammation in the body. Thus it’s a good idea to combine green tea with a diet that is high in anti-inflammatory foods.

  • Reduces Stress

It is often observed that after tea-drinkers remain calmer and happier than coffee-drinkers. The theanine in green tea produces a calming effect.

  • Boosts Immunity

Green tea boosts the immune system and cleans your body from inside out!Tea creates an antibacterial state in the body, leaving you less prone to bacterial and viral infections.

  • Protects Skin From Sun Damage

Green tea extracts are used in many sunscreen lotions this is because of the  antioxidants present which lessens the damage done by the sun. The free radicals that help UV rays cause damage are neutralized, and the green tea helps with inflammation too.

  • Tones the skin and muscles –

When you drink it, tea helps your muscles function at more optimal levels, since it aids in contracting them. If you want healthier gums it is said that you can simply rinse green tea in your mouth and you’ll see an improvement of gum health.

  • Prevents degenerative diseases;

Tea could be an agent in the prevention and treatment of neurological diseases, especially degenerative diseases (Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s).  Polephenols in green tea may help the parts of the brain that regulate learning and memory function properly.

  • Reducingthe risk of ovarian cancer:

A Swedish study published in December 2005 claims that drinking two or more cups of tea a day can reduce your risk of developing ovarian cancer by 46 per cent. The 15-year study involved approximately more than 60,000 Swedish women.

 

Now that you know some benefits of drinking tea, here are some healthy additions you can add to your tea to make it tastier and more nutritious:

  • Lemon:

Add lemon to you herbal tea not the tea with milk. Lemon can increase the Vitamin C content in your body and as it will also detoxify your body. Drinking lemon with water is suggested but with tea, it adds a unique flavour and it can help digestion.

 

  • Ginger:

Adrak/ginger tea is the most common kind of tea drunk in India. Tradition and science agree that ginger helps reduce nausea, stress, moodiness, constipation, diarrhoea, and even headaches.

 

  • Basil:

Fresh basil leaves are quite easy to add to tea and they help improve your immune system. Basil is known to fight free radicals in the body and noxious viruses. It also keeps stress at bay and can help relieve tension headaches.

 

  • Turmeric:

 

Turmeric is an unusual suggestion with tea but it is great for the liver, blood, the skin, and best of all. It doesn’t add flavour but is a great addition.

  • Lavender oil:

Lavender oil reduces stress, helps in falling asleep, and can help improve the functioning of the nervous system.

·        Honey:

Sugar is used to sweeten the taste of tea but should be avoided or used in aless quantity. Instead of sweetener or sugar, using honey, which is sugar in a natural form, is better. This is because processing sugar strips away much of the nutrients. Also, because honey tastes sweeter than sugar, you will wind up using less of it to sweeten your tea.

. Milk:

When you add milk to tea, it becomes chai! The best source of calcium, having milk with tea improves bone health and protects against osteoporosis for women.

  • Coconut Water

It may sound strange but coconut water can be used to make delicious cold herbal tea. Even better, you can use coconut water as a base instead of water to boil tea leaves.

  • Apple juice:

Add concentrated apple juice to your black tea, or use hot apple juice instead of water to boil the tea in. You can also drop chopped fresh apple in your steaming-hot tea and let it infuse. Any kind of fruit juice will also do.

 

Now add a cup of tea to your list of guilty pleasures, along with dark chocolate and a glass of redwine and drink to your health.