The benefits of drinking tea

We all know the importance of hydrating ourselves throughout the day by drinking lots of fluids, and the benefits that certain plants can have on our health.

Drinking tea is the perfect way to combine the benefits of water with the health properties of plants. Warm or hot water also helps cleanse and relax us more than cold water, gives special relief for when our throats are dry or sore, and is extra comforting. It’s a great addition to a regular habit of drinking pure, fresh water.

So what teas could you be drinking? Here is a list of some of my favourites!

Black tea

Black tea

Yes! Even regular, black tea is good for you. Here in the United Kingdom, we drink a lot of black tea with a splash of milk, or Earl Grey tea without milk (and maybe a slice of lemon). It’s not often thought of as a health food. The fact is, however, that black tea is rich in antioxidants and may even help reduce against stroke and cardiovascular disease. So, enjoy!

Green tea

Green tea

Everyone now seems to be aware of the fact that green tea is good for you, but why is it so popular? Rich in antioxidants, it has been associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, kidney stones, cancer, dental cativities and eye disease. It increases your metabolism and may also help to increase bone density and mental functioning.

Chai tea

Chai tea

I love Chai tea. It’s such a comforting warm drink, especially when it’s cold outside. Chai is a blend of black tea, spices and milk. Chai tea uses a variety of different Indian spices which are great to include in your diet for their health benefits (particularly to help fight infections).

Redbush/Rooibos tea

Rooibos

A popular drink from South Africa, this tea can be drink with or without milk. It has a lovely smooth, refreshing taste, is high in antioxidants, low in tannin and caffine and has anti-fungal properties. It is also linked to the decrease of allergies, nervous tension, digestive problems, asthma and skin problems such as acne.

White tea

White tea

White tea is basically green tea, but younger and less fermented, allowed to dry in natural sunlight with a lovely delicate taste. I like to drink white tea in the morning when I get up due to its light, refreshing flavour. It has pretty much all the benefits of green tea, and can help the immune system, reduce cholestrol and decrease high blood pressure.

Camomile tea

Camomile tea

Famous for its ability to relax and soothe, this beautiful flowery tea is said to reduce anxiety and tension, aid sleep, soothe the digestive system, fight infections and ease mentrusal cramps. Try this tea if you’re feeling stressed, or before you go to bed. However, due to its relaxing effect on the womb, avoid it during pregnancy.

Jasmine tea

Jasmine tea

A very aromatic tea, jasmine has been linked to the treatment and prevention of cancer and anxiety and also reduces cholestrol and fights infection.

Nettle tea

Nettle tea

Nettle tea is a fantastic addition to a healthy diet, fighting infections, digestive problems, skin problems, allergies and urinary tract infections. It is also good for the muscles and joints and is often used to cleanse and detox.

Dandelion tea

This traditional infusion has been linked to aiding digestion, cleansing and purifying the blood, relieving bloat and water retention, reducing inflammation, reducing high cholestrol, boosting immunity, fighting infections, disease and memory loss!

My personal favourite tea company is Teapigs, at http://www.teapigs.co.uk. They sell really good-quality teas in spacious ‘tea temples’ to allow the tea to really get absorbed into the water.

Wherever you go to buy your tea, get experimenting! Drinking tea is a great way to add variety to a healthy, natural lifestyle.

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