The Benefits of Tea
By Sara Butler
Tea has become quite popular in recent years -- though it never truly went out of style. Tea is a beverage that has been enjoyed by people for hundreds of years (does the Boston tea party ring a bell?), but all of its benefits to health and wellness are just beginning to be understood. If you’ve not yet jumped on the tea bandwagon, here are a few of the reasons you may want to -- for your health!
It’s Good for Your Heart
According to the American Health Foundation, black and green tea contains antioxidants that are good for your heart. These antioxidants may help to lower blood cholesterol levels, which decrease the risk of heart disease. Tea is tasty and good for your ticker!
Speaking of the antioxidants in tea, they’re better for more than just your heart. Black and green teas contain antioxidants that may also help to lower your risk of certain types of cancers. Antioxidants found in tea help to protect your cells, which is an awesome side effect!
Good for Your Gut
Many people look to probiotics to help them achieve optimum gut health, but you may need to look no further than tea! Tea consumption might also improve your intestinal health by increasing beneficial bacteria and reducing the undesirable bacteria that may cause health problems. Of course, continue to eat all those foods that are good for your gut like fermented foods and yogurt, but tea may help too!
Good for Your Teeth
Researchers at the College of Dentistry at the University of Illinois found that some of the compounds in tea can suppress or kill the creation of cavity-causing bacteria in dental plaque. Green tea may also help to inhibit the growth of bacteria in your mouth and may reduce chances of developing periodontal disease too.
You can brew over 200 cups of tea from one pound of loose tea leaves. So if you’re trying to live on a tight budget, forget the teahouse and brew your own tea at home. Experiment with buying loose leaf tea and use one teaspoon in six to eight ounces of boiling water. Brewing your own tea this way is less expensive than pre-packaged tea bags and tastes better. Chances are you can find a wide variety of loose leaf tea in the bulk section of your local natural foods market.
Try out tea and see how it makes you feel! There are so many ways it can benefit your health.
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