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Unexpected Health Benefits from Your Cup of Tea

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Unexpected Health Benefits from Your Cup of Tea

While tea was a beverage associated with old and aging people in the past, how it has evolved has certainly increased its popularity and value in everyday life.

Coffee is its preferred counterpart, but we cannot deny the lightness of tea, making it a more attractive beverage. Currently, there are many different teas on the market to cater to different tastes and moods.

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For example, if you are struggling to sleep, experts say chamomile tea is your best bet. If you feel a bit fluey, ginger tea with lemon and honey will help set you straight. If you want a boost to start your day,  the Twinnings tea in the Woolworths catalogue is your best bet, and at $6,25, it is an absolute steal!

Tea will either come as loose leaves or in tea bags. Teabags are more preferred, it seems. The benefits of tea bags include ease of use and no mess. Furthermore, because the amount of tea in teabags is already measured, there is no risk of using too many tea leaves for a cup or pot of tea; it allows you to better manage the number of leaves you use. Loose leaves are also beneficial for the lighter, herbal teas, as they enable you to choose how strong you want the tea to be.

Other than the obvious reasons we drink tea, like how it makes us warm on cold days or provides some healing properties depending on the tea you are drinking, there are some unexpected benefits. Let’s explore them below. 

The Benefits of Drinking Hot Tea

  1. Tea Aids Digestion

This benefit may be seemingly apparent on a base level, but tea contains flavonoids and antioxidants that aid digestion and also help reduce inflammation in the body. For instance, peppermint tea is beneficial for an upset stomach, as is ginger tea for that and nausea. Hot tea also helps regulate even the fats in our food, thereby aiding digestion.  

  1. Protects Heart Health

Studies have shown that drinking tea reduces the risk of heart disease and clots. The anti-inflammatory properties of tea help to soothe our arteries, which keeps our tickers functioning well. It makes sure that inflammation is kept to the very minimum, which also means that blood clots are significantly reduced. 

  1. Helps Regulate Blood Sugar Levels

Tea is a simple way to keep blood sugar levels down. The polyphenols in tea help to regulate blood sugar levels which in turn prevent or control diseases such as type 2 diabetes. The benefits of tea with milk also come in handy here as the calcium in milk will assist with managing blood sugar levels. 

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  1. Supports Mental Health

Tea is an inexpensive way to help manage some mental health issues. Speaking to a specialist about mental health issues or taking medication is the best way depending on your condition. Still, that tea can positively contribute to your healing process is a beautiful thing—the antioxidants in tea help eliminate free radicals that can lead to oxidative stress.

Oxidative stress can lead to depression and dementia, both severe mental health conditions. The benefits of tea every day also help manage the free radicals in our systems which would be the root cause of mental health issues. 

  1. Helps Fight Various Forms of Cancer

White tea is beneficial for fighting various forms of cancer as it contains very high levels of antioxidants. It is also good for teeth as it also has high levels of fluorides which make our teeth stronger and protects them against plaque. 

Other benefits of drinking tea in the morning include having a boost of energy for the day; having a cup of green tea instead of coffee will help you experience more energy without the crash that coffee comes with.

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