So you’ve heard that Tea is healthy and that you should definitely drink more of it, but why? Here are the Top Seven Reasons to Drink Tea:
Number 7: Tea is naturally low in calories and can be enjoyed hot or iced. There are many different teas available in an assortment of flavors and styles. With so many to choose from, there’s certain to be one that you will enjoy. Some teas have robust flavor, like black teas from India. Other teas may be light and floral like Japan green teas or China Oolongs. Many people like herbal teas which are combinations of fruits, nuts, spices and herbs which bring a lot of flavor without a lot of calories.
Number 6: “Tea Time” is a nice way to take a break and relieve stress. Our busy lifestyles can put a lot of stress on us, so taking a few minutes to unwind with an enjoyable cup of tea can really put your mind and body back on track. The whole process of making tea can be “meditative” but doesn’t necessarily take long. A fifteen minute window in your day is all you need to give yourself a healthy break – 5 minutes to boil water, 3 minutes to steep, and 7 minutes of “ahhhhhh”.
Number 5: Drinking Tea is a great to keep hydrated. We think about hydration in the summer on those hot days, but it’s important every day to make sure you’re getting enough fluid. Drinking tea is a nice alternative to water since tea also has some benefits of caffeine, flavor, and nutrients. Whether you prefer a nice hot cuppa or iced tea, drink up and enjoy!
Number 4: Tea is a flavorful alternative to sugary drinks. It’s easy to reach for a soda, sports drink or juice, but the truth is, these can have a LOT of extra sugar in them. When you opt for a cup of tea, you are in control of the flavor and the sweetness – Steep it to the strength you like and use only the sweetener that suits you!
Number 3: Tea is EASY to make – Just tea, hot water and a cup! Of course there are many implements that can be used for tea making, and they are a lot of fun to learn about, explore and use, however, don’t be discouraged from making tea if at first you don’t have all the “gadgets”. The most basic way to make a cup of tea is to heat a cup of water (or two) in a saucepan just until the boil, take it off the heat, put in one teaspoon of tea per cup of water and let it steep for 2-3 minutes. The leaves will sink to the bottom and you can pour off the tea into your cup.
Number 2: Tea contains antioxidants and healthy minerals. We’ve heard that Antioxidants are essential to fighting “free radicals” – those pesky molecules that damage our healthy cells by attaching to them and causing them to deteriorate. Green Tea is one source which has been found to contain excellent amounts of antioxidants and healthy minerals such as potassium, calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium which are important regulators for our bodies.
Number 1: Drink Tea because YOU LIKE IT! There really are a lot of reasons and benefits to drinking tea, but the most important thing is that you enjoy it. If you like tea, if you enjoy making it and drinking it, learning, experimenting, and sharing, and when drinking tea becomes part of what you do and who you are, the positive results will be evident. “…choose a tea according to taste and personal preference, giving first priority to [what you like]…remember, it is by savoring various types of tea on a daily basis that we [benefit the most].”—The Camellia Sinensis Tea House