After a busy and creative day, there’s nothing better than a cup of tea — and luckily for us, the benefits are bountiful!
When it’s time to take a break, there’s nothing quite like a cup of tea, in your favorite mug, to get you through the phases of calming down. Sometimes we just need to sit in our beloved armchair, grab a book and sip away. Yet there’s so much more to it than that!
It’s hard to believe something as tasty, nice smelling and refreshing as a cup of tea is extremely good for us, but it’s true. You couldn’t pack all the benefits into one bag if you tried. Below, we’ve found some of the basic reasons why tea is our best friend. However, before you start breaking in the afternoon over a few cups, make sure you’re consuming actual tea, which stems from the Camellia Sinensis plant and includes only: green, black, white and oolong. (For instance, “herbal tea,” is actually an infusion of a different plant, so although yummy, it’s technically not the kind of tea that reaps all the benefits to follow.)
“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis
Calling all fitness fanatics! Tea can boost your exercise endurance. Green tea extract contains a certain type of antioxidant that improves our body’s ability to turn fat into fuel, and allow for heightened muscle performance.
Sugar tooth? We’ve all been there. Drinking tea helps process sugar intake. According to a recent study, it is “evident that the ingestion of black tea may be able to induce a protective effect by not only reducing blood pressure, but also reducing the negative action of the fat load on the arteries.” Basically, the “flavonoids” contained in tea help your body’s antioxidants fight off some of these pesky health risks.
Keep tea in your sights, it will help you see well. As one of our most sensitive features, the eyeballs aren’t only a favorite of Jeepers Creepers, but they’re also prone to disease. What if you could just add some green tea to your daily diet regimen to combat this? A 2010 study found that components in green tea positively affected the tissues of the eyes, especially tissue related to the retina. Drink on green tea lovers and protect your precious gazes.
Keeping your skin glowing is always a top priority, no? Green tea can act a bit like a natural sunscreen. Although we should all moisturize and SPF on the reg, it couldn’t hurt to get a little extra protection from those UV rays we love/hate so much.
Say cheese! So, I’m an avid coffee drinker, but when it comes to my smile, I’m always questioning my choice of roasted beans over a bag of herbs. Well, now I know… Choose tea! It turns out, sugar is sugar, but if you hold the little white cubes, you’ll be able to take advantage of tea’s fluoride and tannis that helps keep plaque away, adding to your dental routine and keeping your teeth and gums happy. [if any of these inspirational images we sourced via online belong to you, please let us know so we can credit/meet you!]
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