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5 Ways Drinking Tea Improves Health and Vitality

By Carol Alt / Post / January 25, 2017
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Drinking tea promotes health inside and out. Rich in antioxidants and compounds that promote well-being, tea has long been favored by health enthusiasts! When we think of tea, the definition usually includes the true tea plant, Camellia sinensis, and other herbal and root blends that can be steeped and brewed into a beverage. Antioxidant content and EGCG in tea leaves make it a great tool for detoxifying the body. There are many creative and delicious ways that we can utilize the power and properties of these herbs without even boiling the leaves!

Matcha Powder

Matcha powder is a powdered Japanese tea made of the highest quality Tencha green tea leaves, ground under strict guidelines to maintain low temperatures. The painstaking process is done by hand to assure the best quality. In a cup, you receive a direct shot of chlorophyll and antioxidants. L-theanine amino acids stimulate alpha brain waves, the same effect as deep meditation. Matcha can be prepared using a traditional whisk and water, or you can use it in recipes and juice!

Oolong Tea

Chinese Oolong Tea is made of the same leaf as black, green and white, but goes through a partial oxidation process. The result is a tea that has antiseptic properties, killing bad bacteria. Studies have also shown that drinking oolong protects the mind from degradation. Oolong tea has also been proven to help reduce body weight.

Herbal Teas

If you prefer to abstain from caffeine, herbal teas promote health without stimulation. Full leaf herbs have the highest concentration of beneficial properties.

  • Peppermint tea supports the gallbladder, liver and digestion. Drinking peppermint is soothing and calming to the intestines, and prevents gas and bloating.
  • Ginger is naturally anti-inflammatory and stimulates absorption of nutrients in food.
  • Rooibos tea is a South African shrub that is rich in minerals and vitamins. Vitamin C, magnesium and copper are among the armoury of compounds that make this tea good for your health.
  • Chamomile tea has anti-microbial and antibiotic effects, stimulating cleansing and detoxification of the system.

    Cold Brew Method

    A very simple method of brewing loose leaf tea is to simply pour cold water over the leaves, and allow them to sit for 5 hours or more. This can be done in a sealed glass container, either in the fridge or simply on the counter top. Any variety of tea can be brewed using this method! Green tea has high levels of EGCG – a catechin known to support cardiovascular and metabolic health! Catechins are molecular compounds that have myriad healing properties for the body, including cholesterol reduction, metabolism stimulation, and strengthening of the entire cardiovascular system. Research verifies that cold brewed tea releases the same amount of antioxidants, but leaves behind the tannic acid.

    Sun Tea

    A time-honored tradition, sun tea is a method of steeping that uses the heating power of the sun! Simply place 1 tsp of loose tea for every six ounces of water, close the jar, and place it in a spot with good sun exposure. Always use a glass vessel when brewing sun tea, and thoroughly wash so bacteria doesn’t grow. The sun naturally heats the water. After 3-5 hours, you get a fresh brew with low tannin content and all the benefits present in the tea leaves.

    Not only do these teas contain compounds that benefit the body, inside and out, but they also taste delicious. Brewed tea is a great, hydrating way to improve your health. A little pop of flavor and a whole lot of nutritional value make tea a great addition to any healthy diet. Whether your drinking herbal or green teas, you will experience the benefits of rejuvenation and vitality!

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