Tea has been served for thousands of years for it’s health benefits. It comes from leaves and when heated, provide us with a lot of health benefits.
For one, tea contains antioxidants which prevent or slow down the oxidative damage to our body. This simply means lowering the risk of suffering from various diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
Green tea has been used traditionally to control blood sugar in the body. Animal studies suggest that green tea may help prevent the development of type-1 diabetes and slow the progression once it has developed. People with type-1 diabetes produce little or no insulin, a hormone that converts glucose (sugar), starches, and other foods into energy needed for daily life. Green tea may help regulate glucose in the body.
Tea also happens to be much healthier than coffee because in terms of caffeine content, you only get about 30 to 40 mg per cup compared to coffee which has about 135 mg. of caffeine.
Another benefit of drinking tea is its ability to strengthen your immune system. For instance, no one knows yet the cause of the common cold but it still happens. If you drink tea regularly, your immune system will be strong enough to prevent you from getting this contagious infection.
Although water is the best thing to drink whenever you feel dehydrated, studies have shown that tea can provide the same thing as well. This is because tea is a diuretic making you urinate regularly so there is a balance between what goes in and out of your body.
Tea does not have any calories unlike those found in energy drinks. This is because it does not contain any sugar. The only time that you will be ingesting calories is when you decide to add sweetener or milk with this drink
Overweight people can benefit from drinking tea because drinking tea regularly increases your metabolism. In short, you burn faster what you eat making it possible for you to burn at least 70 to 80 calories per day. At that rate, you can lose almost 8 pounds after one year.
But what kind of tea should you drink? Well there are too many to mention so let’s just stick with two namely black and green tea. Both come from the same plant but what sets these two apart is how they are processed. The leaves for making green tea are dried for a shorter period of time compared to the other one. Black tea also goes through a fermenting process before this is packed and sold in the market.
The best part about making tea your regular health drink is that you can serve it hot or cold. This allows you to have it any time of the day or night so all you need is some water, a cup or a tall glass.
You can buy tea in the grocery, in some specialty stores, and online. Remember, all teas contain the same amount of flavonoids. What tea will be your favorite depends from what tree it comes from and which of these is suitable to your taste. You could say that this depends on the person similar to what choice of coffee you order when you decide to go to Starbucks.
Tea has been around for many years and its success all this time is because it is a health drink. You should try one today and then see if you like it. Who knows? You might even prefer it and never again drink coffee.