Best Teas to Drink for a Healthy Lifestyle
The Best Teas for Your Health
There has been much speculation over the years regarding the health benefits of drinking certain kinds of teas; some say that certain ancient tea leaves or herbal blends can have healing properties, or cause rapid weight loss, or produce some other ‘miracle’ cure for any kind of ailment.
The issue is, there is often little scientific evidence to support these claims, just as in the case of almost any drug or diet which claims to have ‘miracle benefits.’ However, while drinking teas may not be the sole answer to any variety of physical issues, there are many health benefits to drinking certain types of tea which the scientific and medical communities have found to be incontrovertible. Below are some of the many kinds of tea whose properties may help aid the body with a variety of health issues
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Free radicals are molecules with a number of electrons in the cell which are unmatched to the number of protons and neutrons, and usually formed when weak molecule bonds are broken in a particular way. These molecules are “very unstable and react quickly with other compounds, trying to capture the needed electron to gain stability.” These molecules can damage cells within the body while trying to balance themselves out, and may therefore accelerate the overall aging process. Antioxidants have been shown through scientific tests to counter the effects of free radicals by balancing out the electrons within the molecule, thus negating the need for it to take from other cells within the body, and slowing cell damage. [http://www.healthchecksystems.com/antioxid.htm].
White tea is often the least-heavily processed kind of tea readily available on the market today. White tea leaves contain very high levels of anti-oxidants. The antioxidants in this tea, in particular, have been shown in many studies to fight off free radicals within the body.
White tea also contains high numbers of flavonoids, which are a particular form of antioxidant that has been shown through numerous scientific studies to be effective in fighting off potentially cancer-causing cells. Flavonoids have been shown to reduce the size of many of harmful cancer cells and even prevent new ones from forming.
This tea is generally considered to be a great way to boost your immune system for everyday issues as well. Drinking white tea daily can help your body fight off disease and infection, especially during winter months and flu season. White tea’s high antibacterial and antiviral abilities, through the use of its high levels of anti-oxidants, make it one of the best teas on this list for overall health and disease prevention.
Green Tea is often considered to be one of the healthiest natural beverages on the market today. Green Tea naturally contains very high levels of a natural chemical found in plants, called EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate). Much like white tea, the EGCG in green tea is a powerful antioxidant which can help rid the body of and prevent the growth of harmful cells within the body.
Green Tea: Weight Loss Benefits
Researchers have also been looking to the potential for EGCG to increase brain function. Many studies have shown that when this natural chemical is applied to the hippocampus, the area of the brain responsible for memory retention, there was evidence of an increase in the production of neurons in that area of the brain. This could have a dramatic effect on the prevention and treatment of diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Green tea is also widely known to be a fantastic weight loss aid. EGCG has been shown to cause a thermogenetic reaction in the body, or a reaction increasing heat production. When combined with the added caffeine naturally found in green tea, this reaction can naturally help to actually burn excess fat.
Studies have also shown that green tea also may increase the body’s metabolism naturally, as well as slowing or even preventing the growth of new fat cells in the body.
Like Green Tea, Black Tea also contains EGCG and carries many of the same benefits. Black tea is also an excellent source of caffeine, which can give you energy throughout the day. Black tea contains naturally occurring chemicals called ‘polysaccharides,’ which are carbohydrates that work to slow blood sugar absorption in the body.
This can greatly help those struggling with issues related to diabetes, and may even help prevent diabetes from developing. The same properties which aid in sugar absorption also could aid in improving cardiovascular health, and maintaining blood pressure.
Additionally, by regulating sugar levels within the body, drinking black tea frequently over time may aid in maintaining a healthy body weight, depending on the drinker’s diet, as well as the added energy from the caffeine and ECGC. The added benefit of regulation sugar levels within the body may also aid in curbing sporadic cravings for sweets, as well as cause you to feel fuller for longer and prevent snacking throughout the day.
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Which Kind Of Tea Is Right For You?
Chamomile is actually a form of herb that comes from the daisy plant family. Chamomile, unlike the other teas listed here, often contains little or no caffeine, and it’s health benefits are often more subtle. The active ingredient in chamomile tea is a natural oil called bisabolol. This natural oil has very strong anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant properties, and can be used to treat constipation, stomach cramps, digestive irritation, pain and discomfort from irritable bowel syndrome, and even symptoms of PMS and menstrual cramps.
Chamomile is also highly recommended for those struggling with sleep disorders. It is often recommended as a natural aid for insomnia relief, and for the occasional sleepless night, or as an anytime stress reliever. For optimal results, drink a cup of chamomile tea 30-45 minutes before bed, to help the body feel relaxed, ease the mind, relieve stress and tension, and prepare for a healthy, happy sleep.
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Teas for Health
These kinds of tea, and the countless others available on the market, have many surprising, and legitimate, benefits to everyday health and wellness. While there is no 'miracle cure' for any issue to be found in the tea leaves, the potential benefits you may experience certainly make it worth trying, especially when they come in a delicious, low-calorie beverage. Be sure to check with your doctor if you have any concerns about trying any of these teas, especially if they are unfamiliar to you. You may be surprised to find that your doctor may actually recommend adding a kind of tea to your diet! Try adding some, or all, of these teas to your daily routine, and see what benefits you may discover.