The Health Benefits of Tea: Brew a Balanced Life
Tea tastes good. We even think it tastes great! But did you know that the beverage is also good for you? Tea lovers the world over have consumed this liquid libation for thousands of years. You may be surprised of the perks packed into each cup of tea.
Here are ways the benefits of tea can help you brew your way to a balanced life.
Tea does the body good.
A number of studies suggest that the bioactive ingredients in green tea help support some protection against osteoporosis. According to findings from a review published in Nutrition Research, green tea may benefit bone health in terms of maintaining higher bone mineral density. One study suggests that women over 50 years of age who drink as many as three cups of tea per day decreased their risk for developing osteoporosis-related hip fractures by up to 30%! Maintaining stronger bones without a milk mustache? We’ll take it!
Your grandma was right. When it feels like the world’s on your back, tea is a great antidote. One study found that a cup of black tea had an effect in bringing stress levels back to normal among its participants. So the next time you’re stressed, curl up with a blanket, a cup of black tea, and your favorite flick. We’re suckers for a good rom com!
A natural thirst quencher.
Despite it containing caffeine in some cases, tea has been proven to rehydrate the body as well as good old H2O! As Dr. Ruxton, of the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition puts it, “Drinking tea is actually better for you than drinking water. Water is essentially replacing fluid. Tea replaces fluids and contains antioxidants so it’s got two things going for it.”
The fountain of youth.
Ponce de León could have saved himself a lot of time and effort in his quest for youth if he just picked up a mug. White tea has a very high polyphenol count–meaning that it can do wonders for your skin! A study found that white tea helped support healthy elastin and collagen in the skin, which may reduce your chances of developing fine lines and wrinkles.
Look good from the inside out.
Aside from it’s internal health benefits, tea has the added bonus of being the perfect addition to your beauty regimen. Brighten blasé strands with an at-home tea treatment! Hair care expert, Philip Pelusi, owner of Tela Design Studio in NYC said, “Tea lowers the pH of hair, closing the cuticle for extra shine, softness, and manageability.” Even better, tea’s natural pigments can neutralize brassiness! We recommend chamomile for blondes; rooibos for redheads; and black tea for brunettes.
Summer brings lots of smiles, but sunnier skies often equal the chance for severe sunburns. Luckily, there’s a quick and effective tea fix for overly sun-kissed skin! Visit The Beauty Department for a great tutorial on reducing the sting of sun burns with tea.
No matter if your tea comes in a sachet or loose, is served piping hot or on the rocks; there’s no denying the health and beauty benefits of a great cup of tea. How do you plan on incorporating tea into your daily routine? Let us know in the comments section!
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