Health Benefits of Tea

by Sami

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loose-teaFor centuries, people have praised the health benefits of tea. Though we’ve turned it into an enjoyable medium for catching up with friends or creating a spa-like environment at home, it’s still one of the best additions you can make to your diet.

Though my husband is the Starbucks Coffee guru, I grew up with a British mother who only drank tea. Though I don’t follow in her footsteps with a cup of Twinings Earl Grey every morning, I have come to appreciate what tea can do for me.

I’m one of those who, although I appreciate doctors, believes God made our bodies to heal themselves. If I can drink a few cups a day and stay out of the doctor’s office a little longer, sign me up!

Here are a few of my favorites and what they can do for you too:

1. Green Tea

I don’t think I need to be the one millionth person to tout the benefits of green tea, but just in case you hadn’t heard, this is one of the best things you can do for your health. Green tea’s powerful antioxidants not only fight off cancer & heart disease, but can also lower cholesterol and help you lose weight! One thing you may not know is that you should only steep your green tea for about 2-3 minutes for maximum benefit.

2. Chamomile Tea

I discovered Chamomile tea when I lived in Mexico while I was working as a tennis pro for Club Med. After a long day of teaching (and dancing, translating, dining, beaching, welcoming & all the other crazy things we did there in Sonora Bay!), I needed this calming tea to help settle down and actually get some sleep! Just a few of the benefits of chamomile tea include better sleep, fighting colds & cancer, and soothing your stomach (& menstrual cramps!)

3. Ginger Peach Decaf

I can honestly say I don’t think I would have made it through either of my pregnancies without Ginger Peach Decaf from The Republic of Tea. While I drink the above two mostly for the health benefit, this is the only tea I have ever found that I truly enjoy the taste of and really crave! It helped with my nausea during pregnancy and just made me a happier person in general!

If you’re not currently drinking tea, or maybe have only tried it in the iced and sweetened varieties, I cannot recommend strongly enough that you add a cup of day into your diet. Your body will thank you!

What’s your favorite tea? How did you discover it? Sometimes the process is more fun than the destination!

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1 comment

hyejo tilley September 1, 2010 - 6:05 am

I am so much enjoying reading your articles.
I love drinking tea and coffee.
I’d like share my favorite tea. It is Rooibos. It is caffeine free and slightly sweet. It is delicious with adding milk.

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