Tea is symbolic of harmony, peace, spiritual enlightenment, spiritual awakening, spiritual connection, rejuvenation, refreshment, change and contentment. Now researchers are discovering how the ingredients in a cup of tea can lift mood, improve focus and perhaps even ward off depression and dementia. Today I’m spilling the tea on tea’s health benefits and mood-altering magic, plus there’s a Dilmah Tea Giveaway.
- Botanical term for tea is Camellia sinensis
- Tea drinking and cultivation had originated in China around 6th century
- Tea is good for you and your health
- It takes around 2,000 tiny leaves to make just one pound of finished tea.
- You are less likely to get a “caffeine crash” when you drink tea (as opposed to soda or coffee).
- To steep the perfect cup of tea, timing is crucial.
- Even from the beginning tea was considered as a medical drink
Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life
Seeing as health is the new wealth, maintaining a healthy diet is the key to longevity. Our diet has a direct effect on our:
- Mental health
- Life expectancy
Research shows that including tea into your diet could be the solution to various health concerns.
Antioxidants in tea
Tea is a very rich source of a specific kind of antioxidant called flavonoids. The detoxifying effect of these antioxidants protects cells from free radicals, the damage that can lead to blood clot formation, atherosclerosis, and cancer. Green and black teas have 10 times the amount of antioxidants found in fruits and veggies, by one estimate.
Green tea, black tea, oolong tea all come from the same tea plant, Camellia sinensis. The leaves are simply processed differently. Green tea leaves are not fermented; they are withered and steamed. Black tea and oolong tea leaves undergo a crushing and fermenting process.
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- Black tea may decrease diabetes risk
- Green tea keeps your heart strong
- Peppermint tea has anti-cancer properties
- Ginger tea protects your gut
- Turmeric may treat arthritis
- Chamomile may soothe your belly
Tea and diabetes
When it comes to drinking tea for diabetes, green tea remains the clear winner. You will get a higher level of polyphenols than you would get in black. Besides its color, green tea also contains higher polyphenol levels because it’s prepared from unfermented leaves, “so it is really pure”. Black tea, on the other hand, is made from leaves that are fully fermented, which robs it of some nutrients.
Tea and cardiovascular disease
New research shows improved cardiovascular health among people who drink tea three or more times per week. The health benefits are attributable to polyphenols, a compound found in black and green tea along with other foods. The benefits were most pronounced among drinkers of green tea, and also for men rather than women. A cup a day could help keep the doctor away and increase your lifespan.
Teas mood-alternating magic
I was never a tea lover until Ashton introduced it to me. His doctor suggested that he drink tea to help cope with his mental health conditions. I wouldn’t have believed it, if I hadn’t witnessed it myself but tea does help calm and ease his anxiety.
Often consumed to calm the nerves, unwind or aid meditation, tea has long been celebrated for its relaxing and invigorating qualities. Now, scientists are only just now beginning to discover teas mood-alternating magic
- Improves mood – According to the WHO, one in four people will experience some kind of problem-related to mental health at some time in their life. Tea, natures goodness helps our moods and brings well-being to our bodies.
- It helps to sleep – Insomnia is a disorder that results from a fast paced lifestyles.. Some types of teas that help us relieve tensions and relax, they can also be very useful for falling asleep.
- Improves memory and intellectual capacity – Some teas are suitable to accelerate the metabolism, to reduce the level of blood sugar or to combat free radicals. Green tea takes care of our brain and improves many cognitive processes related to attention, memory and even spatial orientation.
- Reduce stress – Life in the 21st century can create tension, stress, anxiety or physical and mental fatigue. L-thiamine found in tea, has an effect on our neurotransmitters and helps reduce states of stress and anxiety.
- Natural soothing against depression – Green Ecological Tea is a natural source of minerals, highlighting its content in fluorine, magnesium and calcium. Helps us recover our physical and mental state.
Other benefits of tea
- Black tea helps keep digestive troubles at bay
- Green tea is a natural remedy for IBS.
- Green tea also helps you burn more calories
- Lemon tea helps you recover from the cold and flu
- Green tea keeps food poisoning away on your travels
- Chamomile tea helps you sleep better and overcome stress
- Green tea gets you a glowing acne-free skin
- Black tea and green tea get you a healthy heart
- Green tea helps you live a diabetes-free life
- Tea can strengthen your immunity
- Tea helps you stay hydrated throughout the day
- Drinking tea gets you a bright and beautiful smile
- A cuppa tea can strengthen your bones
- Tea is a healthy companion for your brain
Dilmah Tea Giveaway
I hope you lovelies enjoyed reading this blog post. Before I leave to make myself a cuppa tea here’s a long overdue giveaway. One lucky subscriber who registers their account on the Dilmah online store and subscribes to the Fit Like Mummy blog stands a chance win an awesome prize. It’s the perfect Tea Lover’s Hamper worth R 1305.
- Tea & Your Health book
- 1x Endane Contemporary Glass Pot with Stainless Steel Strainer (500ml)
- 2 x Endane Double Wall Glass Mugs (180ml)
- Premium Ceylon (100 x 2g) tagless tea bags
- English Breakfast (50 x 2g) tagless tea bags
- Ceylon Pure Green Tea (20 x 2g) tagged tea bags
- Peach flavoured black tea (20 x 1.5g) tagged tea bags
- Red Rooibos with Cinnamon, Turmeric, Ginger & Nutmeg (20 x 2g) tagged tea bag
Giveaway closes on 25 June 2020. So make sure to enter by following the rules. Leave a comment saying that you have subscribed to both our sites, so that we can track your entry. T’s & C’s apply.
Good luck and have a TEA-rrific day !