If you’re still catching up to writing those 2019 resolutions, be sure to make drinking tea one of your priorities this year, as we wrap up our top 10 health benefits of tea.
Aside from having less caffeine than coffee, tea also contains a higher amount of antioxidants than berries and nuts and is an effective immune booster as it cleanses the body and skin of natural everyday pollutants. In fact, green and white teas are the healthiest beverages on the planet.
Look forward to a more blissful, pure and lighter version of yourself this 2019 as AVANTCHA unravels the top 10 benefits of drinking tea.
- Tea has less caffeine than coffee
Naturally, all teas (aside from herbal infusions) including both black and green contain caffeine. However, tea contains 1/3 the amount of caffeine that coffee has. In fact, an eight-ounce cup of coffee contains around 135 mg of caffeine while tea only contains 30 to 40 mg per cup. So if you’ve experienced a year of jitters, anxiety, indigestion, headaches, dehydration and sleepless nights – it’s time to switch to tea.
- Tea contains antioxidants
Tea contains antioxidants to help protect your body from aging and the effects of pollution. A natural and non-toxic cleanse for your body, green tea has a higher amount of antioxidants than berries and nuts. According to studies, drinking three to five cups of green tea per day is the optimal amount to reap the most health benefits.
- Tea teaches patience and appreciation
From every steep, stir and hold for the optimum time of the tealeaves to sit, the entire tea ritual demands appreciation for tea as a form of art. They don’t call it a ceremony for no reason. This makes tea an even more enjoyable beverage knowing the precision and dedication invested in each cup. In today’s fast paced world, tea slows it down just a little bit.
- Tea is calorie-free
Tea in its natural form is calorie-free. A flavourful and nutritious beverage, tea is guilt-free and packed with health benefits. Replacing your daily beverages with tea and consuming even 250 fewer calories per day can result in losing one pound per week. If you’re looking for a satisfying, calorie-free beverage, tea is a top choice.
- Tea keeps you hydrated
Contrary to popular belief about caffeine being a diuretic, tea actually keeps your hydrated and contributes to your overall fluid requirement. The caffeine only disturbs the overall fluid requirement when consumed more than five or six cups at one time.
- Tea may improve your focus
Green tea contains caffeine and an amino acid called L-theanine, which can improve alertness and focus. Unknown to many, L-theanine is only contained in tea and increases alpha activity in the brain, resulting in relaxation and better focus. For those seeking an energy-boosting and invigorating beverage without a lot of caffeine, green tea is the perfect fit.
- Tea is good for your teeth
Tea in its natural form contains no sugar (hence why it’s calorie-free) and is packed with fluoride and tannins that help to keep the plaque at bay. We recommend unsweetened daily tea drinking in addition to your daily brushing and flossing for healthier teeth, gum and smile for the New Year.
- Tea bolsters your immunity
In addition to being rich in anti-oxidants to cleanse your body of impurities, tea also bolsters your immune system to more effectively fight off infections. A study conducted showed that drinking five cups of tea as compared to coffee each day resulted in higher immune system activity in the blood of the tea drinkers.
- Tea reduces stress
Tea calms you throughout the day and prevents cellular damage related to stress. This leads back to centuries ago where Daoists and Buddhist monks consumed tea to prepare for deep meditative practice. That’s because of the amino acid L-theanine, which induces alpha activity in the brain and provides a natural state of calmness. L-theanine is only found in tea and effectively alleviates stress and anxiety allowing you to calmly and effectively tackles stressful situations.
- Tea can help you lose weight
Green tea has been shown to increase one’s metabolic rate so that you can burn an additional 70 to 80 calories by drinking just five cups of green tea per day. Additionally, tea contains both catechins (a natural type of antioxidant) and caffeine, which combined, increases thermogenesis (natural calorie burn). This increases fat burning into a readily usable form.
In summary, there are plentiful benefits associated with tea drinking from health-related to others more refined and reflective. Enjoyed in its purest form sans sugar and additives, make daily tea drinking a meaningful ritual in your life this 2019.
At AVANTCHA, we purvey only the highest quality full tealeaves from some of the most notable tea estates in China, Sri Lanka, Japan and India. AVANTCHA’s tealeaves are organic certified, free from artificial colour and flavor enhancers.