Grab a warm comforting cup of tea and ENJOY! Because there are many amazing benefits of tea and even one cup a day can help improve one’s overall health.

Tea has been around for centuries as both a beverage as well as a medicine. It’s said to originate in Southwest China around 2737 BC as a medicinal drink and it spread across Europe during the 16th century. Tea was originally brewed using loose leaves but with the invention of the tea bag in about 1903 it became faster and much easier to brew a cup…thus increasing its use. Today tea is almost as popular as coffee since more people are generally more health conscious and recognize the many benefits of tea, both for health as well as weight loss, that a cup can provide.

Some of the many benefits of tea include its antioxidant content, it may boost the immune system, it can soothe the digestive system, it helps with weight loss, may help protect bones, can help brighten your smile, may reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke, might help manage diabetes, and it has a lowered caffeine content compared to coffee. With all of these many benefits of tea, it’s no wonder many more people are becoming interested in adding tea to their diet.

The beneficial element in tea is called Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG)…the most abundant catechin (an antioxidant) in tea, and is a polyphenol (another antioxidant) important for its potential to affect human health and disease. Polyphenols have antioxidant properties as well as catechins but they also play an important role in preventing and reducing the progression of certain diseases like diabetes, cancer, and neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases. In addition, they play an important role as a prebiotic, increasing the ratio of beneficial bacteria in the gut, which is important for health, weight management, and disease prevention.

With so many types of teas out there here is a quick overview of some you might like to try first:

  • Black Tea: Made with fermented leaves and has the highest caffeine content and is the base for many flavored teas like chai; studies have shown it may have health benefits in protecting the lungs from damage caused by cigarette smoke and may reduce the risk of stroke. Caffeine = 60-90 mg/8 oz. cup
  • Oolong Tea: Made with partially fermented leaves and has more caffeine than green tea but less than black tea; studies have shown it can help lower bad cholesterol levels and can aid in weight loss. Caffeine = 50-75 mg/8 oz. cup
  • Green Tea: Made with steamed leaves (unfermented) and has a high concentration of EGCG; it may aid in treating a whole host of various diseases as well as being beneficial for increased metabolism, weight loss, and weight management. Caffeine = 35-70 mg/8 oz. cup
  • White Tea: Made with uncured and unfermented leaves; studies have shown it has the most potent anticancer properties compared to more processed teas. Caffeine = 30-55 mg/8 oz. cup
  • Herbal Teas: are made from herbs, fruits, seeds, or roots and they can also include tea leaves as well. They have lower concentrations of antioxidants than green, oolong, black, and white teas and varieties like ginger, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, hibiscus, jasmine, rosehip, mint, rooibos (red tea), chamomile, and echinacea all have a variety of health benefits.

Even if you aren’t trying tea for any health reasons, it’s sure to help you relax by causing you to slow down a bit while you enjoy it…and that’s reason enough to give it a try if you haven’t already. While tea seems relatively harmless compared to prescription medications use caution as some may not interact well with your prescriptions or any treatment you might be undergoing for a particular ailment. Always check with your doctor or pharmacist before adding tea to your routine to make sure it’s advisable.


Post image for What Are The Healthiest Milk Substitutes?

Milk is high in calcium and protein and a is a great source of vitamin D, but there are many who simply cannot have milk or don’t want it in their diet.  In this brief post we mention several great healthy milk substitutes. Keep Reading


Post image for Healthy Butter Substitute Options

Butter contains saturated fat and a lot of calories. It can be an occasional treat, but if you are trying to lose weight or if you suffer from high cholesterol, try some of the many healthy substitutes: Keep Reading


Post image for Replacing Eggs with a Healthier Substitute

While eggs contain only 70 calories, have a good amount of folate, choline, zinc, iron, and pack a punch of 6 grams of protein per egg, they should only be consumed sparingly. Keep Reading


Post image for Healthier Options to Replace Butter in Your Diet

Some of us love butter. We put it on a piece of toast, it is used to bring out flavor, and helps with keeping ingredients together in baking. Unfortunately, butter is a dairy product that is made from the fat content in milk. Keep Reading


Replacing Buttermilk in Your Diet

by Jackie on February 6, 2015

Post image for Replacing Buttermilk in Your Diet

Buttermilk is often used to tenderize meat, add moisture to baked goods, and to add creaminess to sauces and soups. The problem with buttermilk is that it contains 152 calories, and just over 8 grams of fat in one cup. Keep Reading


Post image for Healthy Substitutes for Those With a Strong Sweet Tooth!

Refined sugar is considered to be as addictive as a drug, and potentially as detrimental to your health. Long term over-eating of refined sugar can lead to substantial weight gain, and the possibility of diabetes. Keep Reading


Recently there have been quite a few studies that have come out and shown the possible benefits of drinking one glass of wine per day, but those who are serious about their weight loss know that alcohol can hinder your physical goals. Although alcohol can be a way to relax after a rough day, it carries it with a large amount of empty calories. Keep Reading


Most carbonated drinks are bad for your health. If you insist on taking these dangerous concoctions, you may reduce the quality of your life at best. Carbonated drinks are bad for both short term health and long term health. This is why a lot of sensible people have wondered if the members of regulatory agencies for foods and beverages have lost their marbles. Keep Reading


In the past, the advice was very simple; do not eat nuts when trying to lose weight. Today, there are conflicting thoughts about whether to add nuts to a calorie-restricted food plan or to use them in a limited way for snacking. Nuts do contain good fats that are monounsaturated fats. These are the proven fats for helping with our health. Keep Reading

{ 1 comment }