Did you ever watch a historical Asian drama where the traditional doctor served tea to the king to cure his flu symptoms? If your answer is yes, then did you ever wonder how true to life these scenes are? Can it actually work as a remedy that cures diseases? The answer is, yes, it can! It has many health benefits that many studies have proved throughout the years. It is an antioxidant, it helps with weight loss, and it even aids digestion after heavy meals.
If you are a tea lover, here is a list of some of the benefits you get to enjoy.
1. You Lose Weight
Surprise! It can actually help you lose weight even more than water can. A recent study showed that, unlike popular belief, tea is actually as hydrating as water, so drinking 8 cups equals drinking 8 cups of water. Additionally, some types of green tea have amino acid that helps in burning fats and aids weight loss. Most varieties are also calorie-free, which means you can drink them all day without feeling guilty.
2. It Cleanses Your Body
Tea acts as an antioxidant to prevent the body from any cell damage. The herbal options around the world, including detox teas and combo packs, are generally viewed as beneficial to help the body feel young and energetic. If you drink it at least three times a week, you’re more likely to feel younger than a person who rarely does.
3. Boosts Energy
Many people seem to believe that traditional tea has the same effect as coffee, as it also contains caffeine; however, that’s not true. The amount of caffeine in traditional teas is less than 50% of the amount found in coffee, which means they can boost your energy levels without causing the aftereffects that coffee does.
Additionally, some types, like green tea, have amino acid that reduces caffeine absorption speed, allowing the body to focus more and enjoy a prolonged energy boost.
4. It is Anti-Inflammatory
Remember the scene we mentioned in the introduction? Holy basil and tulsi have been used by the Japanese as a medical remedy for the flu for ages. It can help the body improve its response to diseases and strengthen the immune system to fight infections. Additionally, studies have shown that various types can help people with inflammatory bowel diseases.
5. It is Good for Your Brain
Having caffeine and L-theanine amino acids, tea can improve reaction time, visual recognition, and visual memory. It even helps you calm down as it has a calming effect that helps reduce stress levels after a tough day at school or work.
6. Prevents Chronic Diseases
Studies show that tea reduces cholesterol levels in the blood, which reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases and heart attacks, one of the leading death causes worldwide. Additionally, it helps prevent diabetes, especially type 2, which is caused by insulin resistance. Japanese green tea can improve insulin sensitivity, which means it can help prevent type 2 diabetes.
7. It Aids in Digestion
Unlike the popular belief that nothing beats soda after a meal, tea can, in fact, aid digestion without causing any irritation to your stomach. Soda or sparkling water has acids that can irritate your stomach linings and cause acid reflux. On the other hand, options such as ginger tea help the digestive system work better after heavy meals.
Indians have used it for ages as a supplement to treat upset stomachs. It is also their go-to beverage while hanging out with friends. Other types that aid digestion includes peppermint and green tea.
8. It is Good for Oral Hygiene
Some types, especially green tea, have catechin, a phenolic compound that helps prevent mouth bacteria and reduces bad breath. So if this is an issue that you struggle with, you should certainly consider getting into it on a more regular basis. Still, that doesn’t mean you should stop brushing your teeth!
Now you know some of the many benefits of drinking tea daily. If you are a lover, congratulations! You are unknowingly enjoying all the benefits we just mentioned. If not, maybe it is time to start. There are many types available worldwide, and you can drink them at any season, as they can be served iced and hot.
Try white or green tea as a start. They are the original types as they undergo the least amount of processing. Their leaves are harvested and left to dry in the air without any chemical additions, which is why they are the healthiest, followed by herbals like ginger tea, peppermint, and chamomile. So begin your tea journey now and drink to your health!
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