If you’ve ever needed reasons to drink more tea, I have the list for you! Tea is delicious, good for you, and helps with hydration!
Today is the first-ever National Hot Tea Day!
The Tea Council of the USA has named January 12 as the day where tea lovers around the country celebrate the joy of hot tea drinking. It’s a time to relax and enjoy the wonderful health benefits of this amazing beverage. Below are 10 reasons why we all should be drinking more tea!
Reasons To Drink More Tea
Tea is my #1 source of hydration in the winter. I need to warm up all day long! Tea counts towards your hydration tally too. Although caffeine-free teas are best, caffeinated ones are fine too – the diuretic effect of caffeine does not offset hydration. Check out this post for more on hydration in winter.
2. Tea is a great palate cleanser
When I’m sweating hard at soccer or hot yoga, water tastes delicious to me, but most of the time I like to have a little flavor in my liquids. Tea acts as a great palate cleanser, and there are so many varieties that you can find one for every time of day: energizing at breakfast, ginger after lunch, minty with honey after dinner.
3. Low or no caffeine
Relative to other hot beverages, tea is low in caffeine content and calories. Drink without worrying about getting the jitters! There are tons of naturally caffeine free teas out there. Peppermint is my favorite! And if you want a little kick, green, black, oolong and white tea all have some caffeine. White tea is made from young leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant.
4. There’s a tea for everyone
I’m not a huge fan of earthy or bitter green teas, but I love anything with mint! I also love black teas with flavors. The Moroccan Mint at Tea Bazaar and the Roasted Almond at Capital Teas are my very favorites! I’ve tried a lot of new teas this year and found quite a few that I love. Not all teas are “tea” – herbal teas are often just blends of herbs you can steep, but I have come to really like herbals!
5. Tea dates are healthier than alcohol dates
Going out for tea has the opposite effect as going out for alcohol, so meet your friends for a tea date instead! Instead of getting dehydrated, consuming lots of calories and feeling fuzzy minded, tea hydrates, is calorie free and promotes deep, clear-headed conversation! Studies have shown that oolong tea stimulates fat burning and increases the number of calories your body burns by up to 3.4%. A small perk if you’re on a path to weight loss.
6. Tea is easy!
Tea is a super simple and easy beverage to make and take with you anywhere on the go. I often tuck a tea bag into my pocket and ask for hot water (which is free) when I’m out.
7. Tea is an antioxidant rich immune system booster!
Various herbal and green teas are loaded in health promoting compounds called polyphenols, which are believed to give certain tea their immune-boosting and modulating effects. One study suggested that catechins (type of polyphenol) protect against the influenza virus! (source)
8. Tea is known to have a protective effect on health
According to the book Super Foods Health Style by Steven Pratt, M.D., research has demonstrated that regular tea consumption is associated with: Lower blood pressure, risk of heart attack and heart disease, eye health, healthy inflammation response, healthy immune response, healthy blood sugar levels.
While all teas are linked to positive outcomes, clinical nutrition has studied green tea extensively. Green tea in particular has been demonstrated to have anti inflammatory effects. Similarly, this study found that the combination of green tea extract and exercise produced greater changes in anti inflammatory and metabolic markers than exercise alone. The recommended dosage of green tea extract is between 250–500 mg per day. This amount can be obtained from 3–5 cups of green tea
9. Tea Drinkers Have A Calming Ritual
Whether you drink tea in the morning, while reading in the afternoon, or for evening relaxation and stress relief, the rituals that tea promotes helps with mental health. Tea promotes healthy routines and positive lifestyle patterns.
10. Tea warms you up on cold days!
Hot tea is a great way to stay warm during those cold winter months. Nothing like sipping a steaming cup after sledding or skiing!