Tea 4 Health
7 Reasons to Drink Your Cuppa
The science has spoken. Drinking tea leads to a longer, healthier life. Here are just a few of the ways tea is good for your health.
Mind and Mood
- Tea is a fast-acting stress relief and focus booster. You’ve probably noticed!
- Tea leaves are the main dietary source of L-theanine, an amino acid that promotes relaxation, better sleep, and reduced resting heart rate.
- Paired with caffeine found in black and green tea, L-theanine improves attention span.
- The benefits add up—several studies have found that for every 3 cups of tea consumed per day, the risk of depression decreased by 37%.
- Black tea has roughly 50% less caffeine than coffee—while green tea has even less, and herbal and fruit infusions have no caffeine at all. So you’ll have relaxed energy without the jittery effects on your nervous system.
- Tea has zero calories and when enjoyed on its own contains no sugar, fat, or sodium.
- The antioxidants in tea boost metabolism and help your body break down fats.
- With the variety of flavour options available, tea is the perfect healthful alternative for
when plain water just doesn’t excite.
- Tea is 99% water and counts toward the 1.5 litres of fluid per day your body needs to function optimally.
- It’s a myth that tea is dehydrating. In fact, tea hydrates just as well as water but with the added
health benefit of antioxidants.
- Tea is hydrating and anti-inflammatory—key factors to glowing, acne-free skin.
- Tea’s antioxidants prevent internally against sun damage caused by UV radiation.
- Chamomile and hibiscus teas especially promote collagen production, which keeps your skin elastic.
- Tea kills bacteria that leads to cavities and gum disease. It prevents plaque buildup. Only plain water does a better job.
- Tea can reduce bad breath! Green tea is especially good at this.
- Tea does not erode tooth enamel like highly acidic drinks such as juice and soda.
- Tea leaves are also a major source of fluoride, a mineral that builds strong teeth (and bones).
- Regular tea drinkers have significantly lower chance of heart attack and stroke.
- They have lower blood pressure and lower cholesterol too (especially LDL, the “bad” cholesterol).
Preventing Chronic Illness
- Tea is rich in polyphenols—plant-based compounds which are powerful antioxidants.
- Antioxidants are necessary for the survival of all living things. They flush toxins, protect cells, reduce inflammation, and boost your immune system to fight infections. This leads to less disease and greater overall health.
- People who drink tea regularly have less occurrence of cardiovascular disease, liver diseases, certain types of cancer, osteoporosis, and even Parkinson’s. That’s just for starters.
- Drinking a cup of tea per day may reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The antioxidants help to manage blood sugar and insulin levels.