Guest Post By: Michelle Polk of www.houseplantgirl.com
In the West, tea is often considered the morning alternative to coffee, the drink of choice for those who want to quit their caffeinated bean addiction. It’s also the drink of choice at your favorite sushi restaurant, or what your masseuse offers you before your appointment. And while many of us may sip on tea when we’re trying to quit our coffee addictions, how many of us know the actual health benefits of these steeped herbs?
What Is Tea?
Tea is simply an aromatic beverage made by steeping herbs in hot water. It’s one of the simplest ways of consuming herbs, and while we may not pay much attention to tea in the west, it’s actually the second most consumed beverage in the world, after water. Originating in Southwest China, tea has a long tradition of medicinal use throughout history and didn’t become a recreational drink until much later. And now, tea is most widely seen as a recreational drink, often overlooked for its wide array of health benefits. Yes, you may buy a variety of teas for stress, anxiety, sleep, and headaches, but how many people actually use tea on an everyday basis for their health and longevity?
Tea Should Be Consumed Everyday
Tea is one of the easiest ways to live a healthier lifestyle, and all you have to do is heat up some water, wait, and sip. Drinking tea every day can have a wide range of benefits from preventing cancer, protecting the liver, lowering depression, reducing your likelihood of stroke and more. Tea is no joke, and below are some of the most amazing benefits of your daily cup.
Lower Risk of Depression: A 2015 meta-analysis with almost 23,000 participants found that the relative risk of depression decreased by 37 percent for every three cups of tea that was consumed.
Healthier Liver: For those of you who worry about liver health, it’s time to start drinking tea. Various studies have found an association between drinking tea and healthier livers, finding that those who drank the herbal beverage were less likely to have hepatocellular carcinoma, liver cirrhosis, and chronic liver disease.
Reduced Risk of Stroke + Heart Disease: Tea is associated with a 21 percent lower risk of stroke for those consuming at least three cups per day. A meta-analysis looked at over 850,000 people and found that drinking an additional three cups per day reduced your risk of coronary heart disease, total mortality, stroke, cardiac death, cerebral infarction and intracerebral hemorrhage. All from tea!
Not All Tea Is Created Equally
Tea comes in different forms and varieties, from black tea to green tea, white tea to yerba mate! Each tea has different tastes, qualities, and of course health benefits. If you are looking for specific health benefits, it’s important to acquaint yourself with the different varieties and how they can help you.
Green Tea: One of the most popular varieties for its health benefits, green tea is a power house. This super herb is loaded with antioxidants and tons of nutrients to help heal the body and promote health. Green tea has been found to improve brain function, increase fat burning, prevent cancer, lower your risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, kill bacteria, prevent Type II Diabetes, reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, lower your risk of becoming obese, and help you live longer. Truly, the list goes on and on and on. Drink a few cups of green tea everyday and bask in all the amazing health benefits.
Black Tea: Don’t like green tea? No worries. Black tea also has amazing health benefits ranging from decreasing your risk of coronary heart disease, reducing plaque formation on your teeth (your dentist will be so happy), preventing cancer, promoting healthy bones, reducing stress, increasing immunity, improving your digestive tract and more.
White Tea: Another powerhouse of health properties, white tea has a wide range of benefits and was found by Kingston University in 2009 to have high anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-collagenase, and anti-elastase properties. This translates into its ability to help prevent cancer, prevent rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease, and even slow down signs of aging! It can also decrease blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, repair vein tissue, and promote healthier skin.
Yerba Mate: Another amazing tea for obvious reasons, Yerba Mate is something everyone should consider adding to their daily routine. This peppy drink is not just good as a stimulant, but it has various health benefits. This traditional South American brew has been found to provide a smooth increase in energy (reducing your caffeine highs and lows), boosts mental functions of all kinds, is loaded with all kinds of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, is a digestive aid, nerve tonic, immune booster, can help you lose weight, build strong bones, keeps your heart healthy and prevent cancer. Yerba Mate is the ultimate morning drink, and will keep you healthy and energized for all the days to come.
When it comes to your health, tea should be on the forefront of your mind. It’s one of the simplest, most delicious ways to improve health, prevent future disease, and gain your morning energy boost. Just three cups per day can help you achieve a wide arrange of benefits, and all you have to do is heat up some water and sip on some delicious steeped herbs. Not too bad if you ask me.