Time to pass up on Starbucks and head home to your beloved tea pot.
Tea verses coffee is an ongoing argument among consumers and doctors. There are many facts and studies that are centered on the health benefits of the two. Tea is the second most widely consumed beverage in the world, after water. Here’s why:
There are four main types of natural teas; green, black, white and oolong. These are the only real teas that are derived directly from the plants. Teas labeled things like “herbal” are actually a mixture of other plants and created into a tea. Drinking the natural forms of tea are the best for your health.
Sick of chugging water to get hydrated every day? Well, tea is very hydrating for your body, and it has less caffeine than coffee! Tea is also CALORIE FREE. Generally caffeine drinks will dehydrate your body, but because of tea’s natural and low levels it still provides hydration. Also, tea drinkers are less likely to use creamers that are heavy in fat and large amounts of sugar in their drinks, this means that choosing tea over coffee can cut out unnecessary calories from your day!
Tea helps with a healthy heart and reduces the chance of having a heart attack or blood clot. This generally happens because tea is beneficial for lowering your cholesterol. According to a 5.6-year study from the Netherlands found a 70 percent lower risk of fatal heart attack in people who drank at least two to three cups of black tea daily compared to non-tea drinkers.
Even your teeth benefit from drinking tea! Unlike coffee, tea will not stain your teeth and leave them looking yellow no matter how often you brush! All teas, INCLUDING black, contain fluoride and tannins and assist in fighting plaque and strengthening tooth enamel. Adding too much sugar to your tea will cancel out this benefit, so next time you grab 5 sugar packets, try your tea unsweetened instead!
Drinking tea is correlated with protecting your body against cancers due to the ingredient Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). According to the American Cancer Society, EGCG may help cause certain types of cancer cells to die in much the same way that normal cells do. This effect is important because cancer cells are different from normal cells in that they do not die when they should—they continue to grow and spread.
There are many cancers among the list that tea can help avoid including breast, color, skin, lung, stomach, and ovarian cancers. It is claimed that black tea can even create a reverse effect on the lungs of a smoker! Tea itself it not a panacea and cannot cure cancer, but because it is full of antioxidants it is able to help rid your body of certain toxins known for causing cancers.
Our favorite benefits of tea here at OSR are the positive effects that it can have on your bones. Green tea improves your bone mineral density and strength. Anything that strengthens your bones is a plus here at our chiropractic care center! Green tea can also provide a boost at the gym. Because of its antioxidants, tea can help boost your exercise endurance and help increase your body’s natural ability to burn fat! Green tea also is able to help speed up your metabolism and prevent the clogging of arteries.
Cure that Sunburn: you can simply jump in the bath tub with some teabags or use used teabags on your skin directly. This also works for minor burns on your skin!
Reducing inflammation on your eyes: Use two tea bags that have been in warm water and rest them on your eyelids! Say goodbye to your puffy eyes!
Cleaning: Tea is great for cleaning wood floors or furniture, as well as cleaning mirrors! Just boil a pot of tea, let cool and use a cloth for cleaning!
Perfume: This doesn’t mean carry a teabag in your shirt pocket (although you could!), we are talking about for fragrances in purses or cars. Leave your favorite dried tea bag in your purse or car in order to use it as perfume.
Now, who can say no to that? Whether it is hot tea or iced tea, we think it’s safe to say it’s time for you to change up your daily beverage routine! There is no wonder why it is the second most consumed beverage in the world. Here at OSR we want you to be the healthiest version of yourself and drinking tea can get you there! If you have any questions give us a call at 808-488-5555 or contact us here!