There’s a chill in the air again after a week’s worth of spring-like days, and when that happens it sometimes brings with it a cold, flu or infection. There’s plenty of preventative measures we can take to keep healthy, but one of the easiest ways we can give ourselves a fighting chance is by drinking a cup or two of tea each day. There are about as many benefits from consuming tea as there are varieties to choose from, but once you know some basics about this beverage favorite, it’s easy to add it to your daily routine and target it for better health.
Black Tea – Easily the most common type of tea, black teas have been consumed for more than 500 years. They are known for their high concentration of antioxidants which may lower cholesterol ,and studies have shown that drinking multiple cups of black tea each day may lower the risk of stroke by more than 20% and may also help keep dementia at bay. They are naturally caffeinated though, so if caffeine is an issue for you, look for decaffeinated varieties.
Green Tea – Another antioxidant powerhouse, green tea is another widely popular tea that’s great for keeping your health up. In fact, the majorly potent EECGs in green teas have shown promise in preventing heart disease and certain types of cancer. It has a lighter and more delicate flavor than black tea, but does still contain natural caffeine. Don’t worry if you’re sensitive to it. There are decaffeinated green teas, as well.
Red Tea – Red tea, also known as Rooibos, is uniquely high in minerals. It’s been lauded for its ability to improve skin, circulation and aid in digestion. It’s great tea to choose to improve immunity, and it’s caffeine free, so it’s a great choice for bedtime or if you have caffeine sensitivities.
Herbal Tea – Herbal teas come in so many varieties, you can find one for almost anything that ails you. There’s elderberry for your immune system, peppermint and ginger for stomach concerns, chamomile to calm you and lemon balm to lift your spirits, and that’s just to name a few. Herbal teas are typically free of caffeine, but some are best not to consume at night, as they can still keep you up past your bedtime.
As you can see, teas are a simple way to boost your health and longevity. While most will only improve your health, talk to your doctor about using teas and steeped herbs if you are taking medicines and other supplements, as it’s possible they may not play well together. Once you have the go ahead, fill the kettle and warm up with a delicious mug of whatever your heart desires. It’s always a good time for tea!
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