The Guide for Your Daily Cup of Tea
The Guide for Your Daily Cup of Tea
History in a Cup
- 2737 BC popular Chinese legend stated that tea was first discovered by the emperor of China
- It’s one of the most popular and healthy beverages in the world
- It was first drank because of its herbal medicinal properties
- 202 BC- 220 AD Tea plants were quite limited and only royalty and the rich drank tea
- 618-907 Tea drinking became more common among lower classes
- 700’s AD The first book about tea was written. Ch’a Chang by Lu Yu examined tea in detail from the making of tea through the enjoyment of it
- The Chinese government planting of tea plants and even the building of tea shops so everyone could enjoy tea
- Tea Spread to Japan by Japanese priests studying in China
- 17th Century, Tea finally arrived in England when King Charles II married a Portugese princess Catherine of Braganza
- The Queen made tea the drink of royalty and soon tea became a popular import to Britain via the East India company
- Taxes on tea were so high that smugglers would et and sell tea illegally for those that could not afford it
- The East India company began exporting tea to America during the tea smuggling period
- American tea was also taxed heavily and contributed to the cause of the Boston Tea Party
Types of Teas
- White Teas
- Green Tea
- Black Teas
- Oolong Teas
- Pu-Erh Teas
Fact: Herbal teas including Rooibos and mate teas are not actually teas since they do not contain the Camellia Sinensis plant
Health benefits of teas
Teas are chock full of flavonoids and other healthy goodies
- Tea contains polyphenols, specifically it contains catechins a type of flavonoid antioxidant
- Tea can boost exercise endurance
- Drinking tea could help reduce the chance of heart attack
- Tea helps fight free radicals
- Tea is hydrating to the body (even despite the caffeine)
- Drinking tea is linked to a lower risk of parkinson’s disease
- Tea could help keep waist circumference in check
- Tea could be beneficial to people with type 2 diabetes
- Tea can help the body recover from radiation
Note: Don’t rely solely on tea to keep a healthy body – tea is not a miracle cure, after all.
Excesses are never good so don’t overdo it with the tea drinking.
Benefits by the tea
- Passion flower tea – Tea is hydrating to the body, even despite the caffeine
- Oolong Tea – Boosts metabolism, helping you burn fat faster
- Yerba Mate Tea – Contains the fat fighting compound mateine, which gives you a metabolism and energy boost
- White Tea – Contains ECGC, an antioxidant that prevents new fat cells from forming and fights signs of aging, like wrinkles
- Black Tea – Studies show that polysaccharides in black tea have glucose-inhibiting properties – meaning that it may also help prevent diabetes
- Ginger Tea – Ginger works as an anti-inflammatory agent, blocking prostaglandins – the chemical messengers that cause a slight swelling in the brain
- Ginseng Tea – Contains compounds called ginsenosides that affect gonadal tissue, increasing sperm count as well as heightening sexual satisfaction for both women and men.
- Green Tea – Contains a phytonutrient called ECGC that increases the hormone CCK which is responsible for creating the feeling of satiation
- Licorice Root Tea – is an anti-inflammatory that has bacterial-killing properties and a range of other health benefits including therapeutic compounds that sooth sore throats
- Nettle Tea – It has antihistamine properties that can prevent allergies and its symptoms such as stuffy nose, itching sneezing and itchy eyes.
- Peppermint Tea – Improves motility in the GI tract and relieves constipation
- Valerian Root Tea – The natural compounds in valerian root have been used as a sedative and may help reduce the amount of time it takes for you to fall asleep
- Safflower Tea – The antioxidants in safflower help prevent heart disease by decreasing inflammation in your arteries, keeping them flexible and less likely to clog.
Note: Not all bodies are the same and though there are many studies that show these benefits, your health depends ultimately on your lifestyle, eating habits and exercise efforts!
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