The ancient tradition of drinking tea is well-known for its diverse range of health benefits. In many cultures around the world, tea is thought to be a cleansing brew that prevents illness and improves overall wellbeing. In countries where tea originated – such as China and India – tea is consumed daily, and is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle.
Tea is often known for having a lower caffeine level than coffee, and containing large amounts of antioxidants and other detoxing abilities. However each type of tea leaf or tea blend possesses its own qualities that assist inner health in different ways.
Here are five benefits of drinking tea that you may not have heard of before:
1. Tea is an anti-inflammatory. Active compounds in tea – particularly those found in green teas – can help lower levels of inflammation, which in turn helps protect your body from more serious ailments such as arthritis, cardiovascular disease and depression.
2. Drinking tea can help with weight loss. A current trend that has been gaining commercial momentum is the promotion of different tea blends that aid weight loss or body slimming. Although these ‘modern’ teas have been modified to help people burn extra body fat, tea has always been an effective way to maintain a healthy weight and body figure.
This is achieved through a combination of factors such as the presence of caffeine which can help burn fat, and the large amounts of antioxidants in tea that boost metabolism and break down unhealthy fats in the body. Although there is no immediate solution for weight loss, or a product to replace a healthy and balanced diet, tea can help restore and support the natural processes of your body that help release more energy and keep you in shape.
3. Tea is hydrating! Despite containing caffeine, tea is very hydrating to the body. Some cultures even trust tea as a ‘hangover cure’ for its ability to rehydrate and energise the body. A study by the Daily Mail in 2011 found that drinking 4-6 mugs of black tea per day (without sugar) resulted in the same hydration levels as 1 litre of water.
4. Tea is good for your teeth: Japanese researchers have found that unlike many other beverages, tea does not erode tooth enamel and can actually prevent cavities by changing the pH levels in your mouth as you’re sipping on your favourite brew.
5. Tea soothes the digestive system: nausea, cramps or an irritable bowel? Herbal teas such as chamomile, and ginger can help calm your stomach and aid digestion. Next time you’re feeling guilty after a night out or a large meal, try a herbal blend to help restore some inner health.
Written by Jess Mackay.