Why You Should Be Drinking Tea Every Day
It's no secret that America runs on coffee. More than 50% of United States residents consume at least one cup of coffee every day. And why shouldn't they? It's a delicious beverage and an effective stimulant. Many people around the world depend on coffee to get them going in the morning.
That's why many people are surprised to discover that the most popular drink in the world (besides water, of course) is actually not coffee, but another delicious, caffeinated brew:
That's right. Nearly 1 in 3 people in the world drink tea on a daily basis. The United Kingdom alone drinks approximately 165 million cups of tea every day. The custom of drinking tea has been around for thousands of years, and yet people are only just starting to realize the health benefits of this leafy beverage.
I'm an avid tea drinker, so I might be biased, but I believe there are many scientifically-based reasons why you should be drinking tea every day.
Tea May Help Prevent Cancer
Studies have shown that foods rich in antioxidants might help to prevent cancer by fighting cell-damaging free radicals. Tea is a great source of antioxidants. In fact, tea contains nearly 10 times the concentration of antioxidants found in most fruits and vegetables. But don't think that means you shouldn't also eat your leafy greens!
Now here's the thing: coffee contains more antioxidants than tea does. So why am I recommending that you drink tea instead? Because, thanks to the caffeine, you can only safely drink a maximum of 4-5 cups of coffee a day, but you can drink up to 8 cups of tea. So you actually end up consuming more antioxidants via higher quantities of tea than you can from coffee.
Like I said, this should be used to supplement, not replace, the antioxidants you get from vegetables and fruits. But if you're going to be drinking 8 glasses of water a day anyway, why not replace a few of them with tea and boost your intake?
Tea May Lower Your Risk Of Diabetes
A Japanese scientific study discovered that people who drank at least 6 cups of green tea every day had a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those who drank less than one cup every week. This is because tea contains polyphenols that may help the body to more effectively metabolize sugar.
Both green and black teas contain polyphenols, but green tea contains a higher concentration. When tea is processed into black tea it loses some of its nutrients. As a rule of thumb, the more color there is in the tea leaves, the more polyphenols it contains. So black teas with a red or orange tint are better than those that are just brown.
Tea Is A Smart Stimulant
Coffee is the stimulant of choice for American's, with many of us consuming 2 or more cups every day. But it's no secret that coffee has a dark side (so to speak). I'm talking about the jitteriness, the increased hard rate, and the fidgeting that accompanies the consumption of large quantities of caffeine.
Not to mention the inevitable "crash" that occurs when your cup of joe has worn off.
But tea is different. As I said earlier, tea contains much less caffeine than coffee does, so you have to drink more to get a similar buzz. But thanks to a compound known as L-Theanine, your body will use the caffeine in a different way.
L-Theanine promotes relaxation in both the body and the brain. So combining it with caffeine makes you more alert and focused without becoming jittery and anxious. It also gives you an energy boost that is less like a spike and more like a gentle lift, so there's no crash at the end.
Tea Is Delicious
There's no getting around this one. Tea is just plain delicious. There are numerous varieties of tea, each with its own distinctive flavor and character. Tea can be black, green, or even white. It can served hot or cold, plain or with milk, with honey or sugar (or neither).
My favorite kind of tea is Assam, a variety of black tea from India. It is especially popular in Ireland, and it has a rich, malty flavor with a dark reddish color. It tastes amazing served with a splash of milk. My favorite brand of this tea is Barry's of Ireland. I recommend it very highly.
Tea May Even Help You Lose Weight
Studies have demonstrated that tea, when consumed in sufficient quantities, may help to boost your metabolism. People who drank tea were observed to have a lower percentage of body fat, as well as a decreased risk of heart disease, than those who didn't drink the stuff.
All of these health benefits shouldn't come as much of a surprise. Consider this: Japan is the country with the highest life expectancy of men and women combined. The Japanese diet is probably a major contributor, and an essential staple of the Japanese diet is green tea. Coincidence? I think not.
Tea is delicious, stimulating, hydrating, and downright good for you. So do yourself a favor and brew a pot today.
© 2018 Sam Capehart