If you overindulged during the holidays, tea can help detoxify your body of excess free radicals leaving you looking and feeling healthier. In addition, tea’s diuretic effects increases blood flow to your kidneys, encouraging them to flush out more water and with it, unwanted toxins.
Most teas have 0-5 calories per cup, so you can pretty much drink as much as you want throughout the day!
Coffee and other highly caffeinated beverages and can be troublesome for people who struggle with anxiety. The amino acid, L-theanine, found in tea works synergistically with caffeine to calm the body without overstimulating it.
In a study done at the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom, it was determined that people who drink a lot of coffee have a harder time falling asleep at night. Those who had a taste for tea drifted off far more easily and had an overall better quality of sleep. Plus, many varieties of caffeine free tea are the perfect way to end your day.
If your new years resolution is to break your coffee, soda or energy drink addiction, tea can help give you a gentle caffeine boost without having to go cold-turkey.
In one study, participants who regularly consumed hot tea had lower waist circumference and lower BMI than non-consuming participants. Another study found that the catechins (antioxidants) in green tea extract increase the body’s ability to burn fat as fuel, which accounts for improved muscle endurance.
There are many types of tea that will give you a caffeine boost if that is what your looking for some teas even have as much caffeine as coffee! What makes it different is the high levels of antioxidants found in tea slow the absorption of caffeine, resulting in gentler increase of the chemical in the system and a longer period of alertness.
Tea has more of a time-released and slow-burn effect when it comes to boosting your energy.
(Sorry, I couldn’t help the pun there.. ), but in all seriousness, tea (especially green tea) has been shown to reduces inflammation, maintains healthy skin cells, and can help internally protect against sun damage caused by UV radiation. It also has EGCG, which is a type of antioxidant that is great for fighting free radicals that cause skin damage and premature aging.
Tea leaves contain powerful antioxidants called polyphenols that help to prevent numerous types of cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, and other chronic problems. The specific polyphenols in tea are called catechins or EGCG, which are more powerful than the polyphenols contained anywhere else in nature!