Health Benefits of Drinking Tea

While I am not a big advocate of drinking black tea I do recommend drinking green tea and herbal teas.

Black tea is by far the most commonly consumed tea in the US while unfortunately green tea only accounts for about 10-15 percent.

Both black tea and green tea come from the same plant called Camilla sinensis. What makes them different is the processing method and the level of oxidation.

After the leaves are harvested black tea is oxidized while the green tea leaves are not. Why does this matter? During the oxidation process the beneficial antioxidants are lost, greatly reducing the health benefits of drinking tea.

Green tea may protect brain health. According to a study on Parkinson’s and Alzheimers Disease researchers noted that those who drank green tea 1-6 per week had less mental decline than non-tea drinkers.

I love a tea that not only tastes good but more importantly has medicinal properties to it as well and this is why I am a big fan of herbal teas. My personal favorites are ginger root, dandelion and peppermint. All three of these have a wonderful, soothing effect on the digestive system and I have experienced this firsthand.

Ginger root tea is a excellent anti-inflammatory that I like to use in combination with the herb turmeric. I have personally used it and recommended it many times to reduce inflammation due to injuries and surgeries or chronic inflammation in the body.

Dandelion tea helps to reduce water weight because it acts like a diuretic and increases urine output. Dandelion root has been known as a “liver tonic” and this may be in part because of its ability to increase the flow of bile. Dandelion used with a herb called uva ursi may also help prevent UTI’s (urinary tract infection). Uva Ursi has anti-bacterial components while dandelion increases urination thus helping to expel the bacteria associated with painful UTI’s.

Lastly, peppermint tea. While you might think of drinking this only at Christmastime I encourage you to drink this all year long. As I said above peppermint has a soothing effect on the digestive system helping to calm upset tummies.

One year while my family and I were vacationing out of the country my husband became quite ill with stomach issues. I went down to the kitchen in our resort and asked them for some fresh peppermint. Within 20 minutes of him eating the whole peppermint leaves he felt so much better. The severe stomach cramps subsided and he was actually able to get up and enjoy the day with us. Another great use for peppermint tea is to help relieve sinus congestion and pressure due to colds, flus and allergies.

I drink all of my teas unsweetened but if you must add a sweetener consider using Stevia or raw honey. Happy tea drinking!

 

 

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