Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Tea Drinkers Unite

While most of the world enjoys their morning coffee, I start off my day with a hot cup of tea. The sweet aroma and smooth taste helps jumpstart my brain for the busy day ahead. I’ve been a tea drinker for years, but I’ve just recently learned about the added benefits. Perhaps one of the most important reasons you should drink tea is that it is an easy way to get your antioxidants. Antioxidants are important because they help your body fight against the excess free radicals. Clearing out the free radicals can help prevent heart disease and cancer, reduce blood pressure and slow the effects of aging. Besides tea, antioxidants are found in a variety of berries, broccoli, tomatoes, garlic, red grapes, spinach, carrots, and many whole grains.

Tea can also act as Draino for your arteries. Keeping your arteries clear of blood clots will greatly reduce your chance of having a heart attack or stroke. “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.” (Lynn Grieger) Tea also helps strengthen your immune system from everyday illnesses.

In the past, I have watched many of my family and friends grow very dependent upon caffeine. Their dependency causes them headaches and even indigestion. By switching to tea, they could still get their much needed caffeine, but in smaller doses. On average, a cup of tea has about 100mg less caffeine than coffee or soda. Too much caffeine can lead to fatigue and dehydration. On the flip side, tea has been proven to aid in hydration. And since it is calorie free, you won’t be wasting your precious daily intake on a drink.

Some of my favorite teas are made by Lipton. If you are a new tea drinker, I would suggest you start with Lipton’s Bavarian Berry. This black tea’s smooth sweet taste will help keep you from adding any unneeded sugar. Other favorites of mine include Lipton’s Mixed Berry Green Tea, Lipton’s Blueberry White Tea, and Twining’s Pomegranate. What are your favorite teas?

Grab a latte (or a cup of tea), put up your feet, and join the discussion!


Ava said...

I want to switch to tea but I don't seem to like tea hot and I want a hot drink in the morning in winter and my other problem is I never know what to sweeten tea with. I don't like the taste of sweetening it with honey which is healthy. Should I use sugar?

But I love all the green tea flavors of drinks (crystal light type of drinks). I have even bought these tubes of green tea that's already sweetened with what I do not know (but still zero calories) from the health food store and you add them to bottled water and I like them. said...

I'm a big tea granny - even wrote a post about it here:
My favorite everyday tea is Red Rose Orange Pekoe, but I also love tazo green ginger and ginger spice, and any form of Chai. Actually I really haven't ever met a tea I didn't like... when I have time to savor them, I brew loose leaf teas too... but I spend half of my life drinking cold tea because just as I pour it, the baby or the preschooler, the tween or the hubby need something...

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

I love tea but am trying to not have caffeine at ALL. So sad. I am boring, I just dring water all day, with the occasional V8. I would totally take tea over coffee though!

Rebecca said...

I LOVE tea. No coffee for me. I heart Earl Grey! Learned something new about you. I try for tea in the morning but it usually gets forgotten about with the kids pulling me in many directions. lol