No matter the season tea can be a great calorie free beverage whether served hot or cold. The benefits of tea go beyond the refreshing aspects of drinking. Although questions remain about how long tea needs to be steeped and how many cups you need to drink to obtain the overall benefits of tea, nutritionists agree that tea aids in improving your health.
Research shows that tea drinkers tend to be healthier. These 9 benefits show how tea drinking correlates with better health outcomes.
- Reduce the risk of a heart attack or stroke – A study has found a 20% reduction in the risk of heart attack and a 35% risk of stroke, among those that drank 1-3 cups of green tea a day. A 32% reduction in the risk of having a heart attack and lower levels of LDL cholesterol occurs if you drink 4+ cups of green tea daily.
- Boost exercise endurance – Tea contains natural antioxidants called catechins. These catechins boost the use of fat as fuel during exercise. This makes tea a great dietary addition for athletes who want to improve their performance.
- Contains less caffeine than coffee – While traditional teas contain 50% less caffeine than coffee, herbal teas contain NO caffeine.
- Boost your immune system – Teas tune up your immune cells, so they can do their job of keeping you healthy.
- A calorie free beverage – If tea is left unaltered, it remains calorie free. Tea provides the hydrating benefits of water with added flavor.
- Soothe your digestive system – Herbal teas are good for your gut. Chamomile tea is known for helping irritable bowel syndrome because it is an antispasmodic, while ginger teas can help calm nausea.
- Help your smile – Japanese researchers have found that tea can change the pH in your mouth and may prevent cavities. Unlike other beverages, tea does not erode tooth enamel.
- Lower cholesterol – According to a study published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 5 cups of green tea a day can lower both the total serum cholesterol and LDL. Multiple studies show more than 5 cups a day can lead to larger drops in cholesterol.
- Protects against UV rays – Green tea’s antioxidants help fight the harmful UV rays. We know it is important to limit exposure to UV rays, but drinking green tea may act as back up sunscreen.
Start gaining the benefits of tea and supporting your health by exploring the large variety of teas available and including them in your daily diet. Like coffee, there are countless types, blends and styles. “The Water Guy” offers teas in tea bags and Keurig compatible cups that can be delivered to your door. There is sure to be a tea available to suite your taste preferences.