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The Health Benefits of Tea

By Sara Butler

Tea has never really gone out of style. For thousands of years, people have enjoyed tea in some form - and there are all different types of tea out there to enjoy. Aside from how delicious tea is in all of its various forms, it also happens to have a bevy of benefits to your health. Here are just a few to help reinforce your love for tea -- or inspire it!

It's Good for Your Heart

Several studies have been done on the impact of tea on your heart health and they've found that both black and green tea is good for your ticker. They are full of antioxidants that help to reduce your cholesterol levels which, in turn, decrease your risk of a heart attack and cardiovascular disease.

It Can Be a Cancer Buster

The antioxidants in green and black tea are simply good for your heart, but they may also reduce your risk of developing certain types of cancer. Antioxidants help to protect your cells from free radicals that can cause changes that can lead to cancer. Upping your antioxidant intake with tea may help you to avoid all that.

It's Good for Your Gut

The bacteria that live in your gut help your body with all types of functions, such as immune system function. If you can improve the health of your gut bacteria, then it can benefit your overall health, too. Tea is definitely something your gut bacteria enjoys and can help to balance the good and the bad bacteria in your gut.

It's Good for Your Teeth

Some of the compounds in black tea have been found to help reduce the growth of bacteria in your mouth that cause cavities. Green tea also works to reduce the growth of bacteria and can even be used to rinse your mouth to help reduce dental plaque that contributes to periodontal disease.

Just Don't Enjoy It Late

Tea naturally contains caffeine, so while it's incredibly good for your health, you don't want to enjoy it too late at night. The caffeine can make it difficult to sleep but also cause nausea, upset stomach, or irritability. If you want to enjoy tea before bed, opt for a variety that is naturally caffeine-free, such as certain herbal teas.

Tea is really good for you, so explore different types of teas and drink up for your health.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Madison, Wis.

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