Health Benefits of Drinking Tea: 5 Mind & Body Reasons to Drink More Green Tea, Black Tea, Matcha Tea, Lavender Tea & More by Jaya Jaya Myra
We all love sipping on a good cup of tea. Earl grey. Peppermint. Green tea. Black tea. Chamomile. Matcha. Whatever your favorite may be, the combinations and possibilities are endless. And while we may enjoy tea for its diverse flavors and healthier energy kick, there are actually a number of health benefits that come with drinking tea regularly.
Tea is one of my daily routines because it helps build synergy with everything else. This simple act has tremendous benefits for physical and mental health, and emotional well-being. Tea can boost the immune system, help fight viruses and even decrease stress and anxiety, which we all need right now.
Here are my top five mind-body benefits of drinking tea:
- Fights Viruses and Boosts Immunity: Black and green tea are known to have antiviral properties that can help your immune system combat viruses like the common cold and maybe even COVID-19. Anything extra we can do to support the immune system right now is a win-win.
- Powerful Antioxidants Fight DNA Damage and Reduce Signs of Aging: Want to maintain that youthful radiant glow and stay healthy at the same time? A cup of tea, particularly green tea or matcha, a day may be just the thing. Tea, and green tea in particular is loaded with powerful antioxidants that fight DNA damage and oxidative stress on the body, keeping you looking and feeling young. Those antioxidants may also help prevent heart disease and even cancer.
- Reduces Stress and Anxiety: Black and green tea contain L-theanine, a compound that helps fight stress and anxiety naturally. It can also promote a sense of calmness, while helping you focus on whatever task is at hand, making tea a great morning or mid-afternoon pick-me-up. Theanine can minimize the jitteriness of caffeine, but if you’re sensitive to caffeine, go for a tea that has less, like green or oolong tea.
- Drinkable Medicinal Spices: People have been making “tea” with herbs and spices for centuries. While these are technically tisanes if tea leaves are not used, we’re not keeping track because the potent health and wellness benefits are profound. A common Ayurvedic staple is cumin coriander fennel tea, which contains a host of health benefits including stimulating digestion, which is the root of all health according to Ayurveda. Lavender and chamomile teas can help promote sleep and relaxation. You can make tea to have practically any health or wellness benefit you want.
- Great Social or Self-Care Routine: Whether used as a daily self-care routine or a way to spend time with friends and family, tea has you covered. It’s one of those things that can be enjoyed just as much alone as in a social setting.
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