Let’s Talk Tea!
After water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world. When purchasing and brewing tea, it is imperative for you to buy organic. If you purchase non-organic tea, the first time the pesticides and/or fertilizers are removed from the leaves are during steeping. Yikes! Most of the time, I enjoy my tea hot; however, in the summer I enjoy brewing, cooling and mixing with an organic juice and keeping it in the fridge. Let’s take a look at some of the amazing benefits of incorporating tea into your daily consumption.
- Polyphenols (antioxidant) and phytochemicals – natural plant compounds that affect the flavor and mouthfeel and provide the health benefits.
- Helps fight free radicals – tea is high in oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC).
- Hydration – remaining hydrated throughout the day is key to a healthy lifestyle.
- Bone density and strength – especially true with green tea.
- Anti-allergen – may reduce allergic response through quercetin and by adding locally produced honey you can double your fight.
- Environmentally friendly – on average, from plant to cup, coffee takes 140 liters of water compared to 35 liters of water per cup of tea.
- Energy/Relaxation – can enjoy caffeinated for an energy boost or decaffeinated for relaxation and/or part of your nightly sleep routine.
With so many wide varieties of tea, you are bound to find one if not many flavors to enjoy and enhance your overall health and well being. A few of my favorite varieties are green, peppermint, dandelion and pomegranate with a splash of fresh lemon. Cheers!
treehugger.com – 8 reasons why you should drink more tea