The Many Benefits of Relaxing With a Cup O’ Tea

I don’t know if it has anything to do with my British roots, but for me, there is nothing in the world like sitting back after a long day with a hot cup of herbal tea, sweetened with a little brown sugar. I find it indelibly relaxing, even after the most stressful of days.

No matter what your preference–whether it’s oolong, green, or good old-fashioned chamomile tea–you might be happy to know that there are actually some excellent benefits behind drinking tea, especially if you do so on a regular basis.

Almost all types of tea contain a high concentration of antioxidants. You might have heard that word thrown around in advertisements for fruit juices or dietary supplements, and it might have confused me.

Essentially, antioxidants help to prevent major cell damage by intercepting free radicals produced during your body’s oxidation reactions. It’s quite complicated, but you should just know they’re excellent for your overall health. Plus, antioxidants can help to reduce acne! So it tastes great and improves your skin!

When you are under stress, your body produces a certain hormone which can cause weight gain (or loss), make you retain water, induce tension headaches, and more. Drinking tea can lower levels of cortisol and minimize the damage they might cause when your stress starts getting out of control.

Drinking tea can also settle the stomach and assist in digestion. Plus, as long as the caffeine content is minimal and sugar additives are limited, tea helps to keep you hydrated and acts as the equivalent as a cup of water.

Some research also suggests that tea has amazing preventative effects. Not only can it boost your immune system, it can also help to lower high blood pressure as well as limit risks of heart attack, stroke, and even the development of Type 2 Diabetes. So, if you are at risk for any of the above conditions take matters into your own hands and add a relaxing cup of tea to your daily intake of fluids.

Many types of tea do contain caffeine, but the levels are much lower than those found in coffee–so you can still get your morning boost without overloading your system (which can ultimately damage your kidneys and liver, by the way). Other studies have shown that some types of tea help to treat and prevent both infection and inflammation and acts as a mild pain reliever.

There are literally dozens more reasons I could go on about as to why you should drink tea. It is less costly than coffee, to be sure, but drinking tea doesn’t mean you have to forfeit coffee. It will just give you a healthy change of pace!

RMB Coffee and Tea ( http://www.rmbcoffeeandtea.org ) has a wide selection of gourmet coffee and tea for the most fastidious connoisseur. Buy our gourmet coffee and tea for the freshest and most delicious experience. Art Gib is a freelance writer.

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