It’s delicious, it warms you up, and it’s one of the best things you could ever put into your body. Tea is chock full of natural substances that will improve your health in a lot of different ways. Although we’ve known for centuries that tea is associated with many health benefits, we’ve only just started to investigate it scientifically. The findings so far have been amazing.
Even if you hate tea, you should drink it every day because…
When introduced to the next point on this list, I was pleasantly surprised. Based on many experiments, researchers have been led to believe that tea contains antioxidants which can aid your body in fighting cancer-like symptoms. This theory alone motivates me to sit back and relax with the perfect cup of tea every morning and night!
Coffee usually has two to three times the caffeine of tea (unless you’re a fan of Morning Thunder, which combines caffeine with mate, an herb that acts like caffeine in our body). An eight-ounce cup of coffee contains around 135 mg caffeine; tea contains only 30 to 40 mg per cup. If drinking coffee gives you the jitters, causes indigestion or headaches or interferes with sleep — switch to tea.
Unwanted blood clots formed from cholesterol and blood platelets cause heart attack and stroke. Drinking tea may help keep your arteries smooth and clog-free, the same way a drain keeps your bathroom pipes clear. A 5.6-year study from the Netherlands found a 70 percent lower risk of fatal heart attack in people who drank at least two to three cups of black tea daily compared to non-tea drinkers.
A 2009 experiment by the National Academy of Sciences showed that tea drinkers’ immune system blood cells responded to germs five times faster than those of coffee drinkers. Green, white, and black teas are rich in vitamins and antioxidants that naturally kill bacteria and viruses and protect the body against a wide range of diseases.
Thank the polyphenols, the antioxidants found in tea, once again for their cancer-fighting effects. While the overall research is inconclusive, there are enough studies that show the potential protective effects of drinking tea to make adding tea to your list of daily beverages.
Studies have shown that drinking black or green tea on a regular basis lowers your blood pressure levels by about 2 to 3 points. That’s a big deal, because even a small decrease like this can drastically reduce your risk of high blood pressure, stroke, or heart disease.
Some types of tea can serve as natural antidepressants. Kratom tea is a good example. At low doses, kratom gives you a burst of physical energy and makes you more alert. People have reported feeling friendlier, sociable, and more talkative after drinking kratom tea and other types of tea.
Tea doesn’t have any calories, unless you add sweetener or milk. 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.
It’s not just the milk added to tea that builds strong bones. One study that compared tea drinkers with non-drinkers, found that people who drank tea for 10 or more years had the strongest bones, even after adjusting for age, body weight, exercise, smoking and other risk factors. The authors suggest that this may be the work of tea’s many beneficial phytochemicals.
Lots of people complain about a slow metabolic rate and their inability to lose weight. Green tea has been shown to actually increase metabolic rate so that you can burn 70 to 80 additional calories by drinking just five cups of green tea per day. Over a year’s time you could lose eight pounds just by drinking green tea. Of course, taking a 15-minute walk every day will also burn calories.