When we think about a healthy lifestyle, exercise, the right diet, and, supplements come to mind. You can add drinking tea to the list of important foundations of a truly healthy lifestyle. In this article, we will show you why!
Research has shown that drinking 3 to 6 cups of tea daily can help in improving digestion, boost your immune system, lower stress levels, improve relaxation, boost energy, enhance focus and lower the chance of developing many chronic illnesses.
At its core, tea is a very simple drink – just cured tea leaves (or other herbs and infusions) and a fresh pot of boiled water. It’s a simple and aromatic drink that gives the among the best health benefits that can be found in nature.
What Makes Tea Healthy?
The answer to that question depends on what kind of tea you’re talking about. There are two broad categories of tea: true teas and herbal teas also known as tisanes.
True teas are made from the cured and dried leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant which is native to East Asia. Black tea, green tea, white tea, oolong, and pu-erh tea. The difference between these is the way they’re prepared, with some being steamed, others being fermented, and others simply being dried.
One notable difference between true teas and herbal teas is their naturally occurring caffeine. Though the levels of caffeine – and the kinds of health benefits they provide – vary based on the type of tea you brew.
The health benefits of true teas come from two powerful antioxidants: theanine and polyphenols. Research has shown that these nutrients have the power to enhance heart health, protect against cancer, regulate blood sugar, relieve anxiety, and more. Theanine and polyphenols in tea are the engines that drive true tea’s many health benefits.
Herbal teas are aromatic, flavorful, and mostly caffeine-free teas that are made with a blend of herbs, fruits, berries, and leaves, One excellent thing about herbal teas is that it can be a customized blend, depending on the benefits you’re after. At The Healthy Tea Room, many of our wellness blends are designed to provide specific functional health benefits such as immunity boost, lowering blood sugar levels, improved sleep, and many more.
Infusions are made with the camellia leaves as its base and then combined with other herbs or fruit. This is another level since it will give a full range of taste, aromas, and health benefits. A combination of black tea, peaches, and apricots can give you an energizing boost you may need during the day. Also, a home-made iced infused-tea taste so much better and is much better for you than the sugar-laded massed produced kind that you can buy anywhere. We have many fruit and berry-infused blends of black and green teas among our best sellers.
The 11 Health Benefits of Drinking Tea
Now that we have learned the basic differences of teas, let’s check on the known benefits of this wonderful beverage.
Tea Enhances Focus and Boosts Energy
If you find yourself out of focus or confused, drinking tea can help you clear your mind and regain your focus. Some studies have shown that theanine and caffeine found on teas can impact energy and focus. Unlike coffee with its caffeine crash, black tea and green tea can give you an energy boost longer without the spikes and crashes. If you’re in a sour mood, a cup of fresh Peace Of Mind tea can help with the mood swings, and sadness.
Another study by Northumbria University concluded that mixing Rosemary and the adaptogenic herbs Ashwagandha and Astragulus to tea can increase brain activity and memory while helping to stimulate the adrenal gland that results in improved blood flow and energy. Our Powerful Brain Tea does just that!
Ginger has been used for hundreds of years as an excellent superfood ingredient and mixing tea with ginger can help boost energy, reduce mouth bacteria, prevents sore throat, and reduce stress levels. Ginger Peach is an excellent example of tea with these benefits.
Recommended Tea: Ginger Peach Tea
Tea Reduces Stress
Modern-day living is too fast-paced. Thus, all of us can experience stress. Pressure from work, school, or family can result in stress and if not controlled, it can lead to many health challenges. Exercise, relaxation, and hobbies can help manage stress – add drinking tea to this equation and it will be a good 1-2 punch in defeating stress. There are many herbal teas that can help reduce stress and promote relaxation. Teas with Passionflower, St. Johns Wart, or Peppermint are among the best.
Another stress buster is chamomile tea. The mild, but flowery taste of chamomile tea helps control the release of the stress hormone called serotonin and promotes the release of the “happy hormone dopamine.” A cup or two of chamomile will surely bring a smile and happiness every time.
Recommended: Peace of Mind Tea
Tea Helps with Exhaustion
We live in a 24/7 culture. And it can be exhausting for all of us.
However, the same two antioxidants that boost energy and focus, theanine and polyphenol, also have the power to ease exhaustion. As a result, drinking tea can be a great way to unwind after a long day at work.
Too often, we get finished with our workday and feel so tired that we neglect our closest relationships. We put our family and friends on the back burner because we feel like we need that extra time to recover from the exhaustion and stress of our day.
However, a cup of green or black tea can help you recover from exhaustion and give you the ability to truly be present with your family and friends.
Sometimes, the exhaustion runs deep and the adrenal glands get depleted from constant stress, causing fatigue. Tea containing Astragalus root, Rhodiola, and other adaptogenic herbs, can help rebuild and strengthen the adrenal system in order to effectively fight chronic fatigue. Our Adrenal Support Tea is designed to help here.
Recommended Tea: Adrenal Support Tea
Tea Promotes Bone Health
Although there have been no concrete human test results, laboratory studies show promise. A recent study showed that the antioxidant compound in green tea stimulates bone mineralization and formation while inhibiting the cells that reduce bone tissue.
Stinging Nettles and Horsetail have both shown promise in building strong bones because they both are high in calcium, iron, vitamin A, and vitamin K. Our Healthy Hair Tea contains both of these and could help your bone health while giving you luxurious hair!
While we can’t be 100% sure that drinking tea will keep you from getting osteoporosis, there is evidence that’s being uncovered which points to the idea that it could be a way to strengthen your bones. Hopefully, more research will give us a clearer picture of just how much that is the case.
Recommended Tea: Healthy Hair Tea
Tea Helps in Weight Management
Unless you have a fast metabolism or you’re a professional athlete, losing weight can be a struggle. The number of obese people in many countries continues to rise. Although tea alone will not solve our weight problem, if it is added to a regular exercise and diet regimen, tea can really jumpstart a weight loss regime and help you reach your goals more easily and faster. Drinking green tea or ginger tea with cinnamon helps suppress hunger, regulate sugar levels in the body, and kick start the body’s metabolism by at least 4% according to some studies.
A Gymnema Sylvestre tea can help in burning and regulating sugar levels in the body. It also helps suppress sugar and carbohydrate cravings thus helping in managing weight loss.
Recommended: Weight Loss Tea
Tea Promotes Good Digestion
Health begins in the gut and your gut is no simple organ. It’s an entire ecosystem with trillions of good bacteria that help your body break down food and transform it into energy. Your gut is not just the engine of your body. It’s also one of your immune system’s most important allies.
But what happens when the good bacteria in your gut gets overwhelmed with bad bacteria? Diseases of every variety, from diabetes and IBS to cancer.
So, how do you fight the bad bacteria while cultivating a healthy environment for the gut? Herbal teas can go a long way toward maintaining your stomach’s internal environment – enhancing digestion and overall health.
The same polyphenols mentioned earlier, which help reduce stress and boost energy, also promote the growth of good bacteria in the gut and prevent bad bacteria from taking over. Black tea’s antimicrobial properties also make it a powerful ally in your fight against disease and toxic substances.
If you’re only looking for a short-term fix for an upset stomach, herbal blends with chamomile, ginger, and peppermint have the ability to calm nausea and deal with certain symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.
Recommended Tea: Green Peppermint Tea
Tea Improves Oral Health
Though it may not seem obvious, drinking tea has some surprising effects on your oral health. Japanese researchers have found that it can actually decrease tooth loss by changing your mouth’s pH, preventing cavities. And unlike so many other drinks on the market (especially those rich in sugar), tea doesn’t erode your teeth’s natural enamel. But it’s not just about maintaining your pearly whites. Some studies have shown that green and black tea can kill bacteria in your mouth – so it’s stopped before it’s able to wreak havoc in the rest of your body.
And perhaps most surprising of all, several separate studies have shown that green tea can reduce bad breath. When taken together, we can see how tea could be a great complement to the rest of your oral hygiene routine.
Recommended Tea: Pomegranate Green Tea
Tea Enhances the Body’s Immune System
A study by the National Academy of Sciences found that the immune system blood cells from regular tea drinkers responded 5x faster to bacteria and germs as compared to the blood cells of coffee drinkers. They also found that a component of tea helps fight infections, bacterial attacks, viruses, and fungi.
If you’re looking for an herbal tea that enhances the immune system, look no further than tea with Echinacea. This is an herb that’s not only antibacterial, it’s also antiviral and anti-inflammatory. In other words, it’s an immune boost in a cup. Our Cold and Flu Immunity Tea is loaded with Echinacea and many other immunity-boosting herbs.
Recommended: Cold and Flu Immunity Tea with Elderberries
Tea Helps In Rest and Sleep
Around 30% of Americans suffer from some sort of sleep disorder and yet, sleep is one of our bodies’ greatest needs. Without proper sleep, we’ll be more exhausted, experience higher levels of stress, and suffer from more short-term and chronic illnesses. Our health significantly depends on getting enough quality sleep.
This is one of the areas where tea can make a tremendous difference in our lives. There are a number of teas that can help you sleep better, longer.
Chamomile has been known as a sedative and sleep-aid for hundreds of years. It has an antioxidant called apigenin that binds to certain brain receptors, decreasing anxiety and helping you fall asleep. And its sleep-inducing properties have been confirmed by research. In fact, a study done at a nursing home found that those patients who had at least 400mg of chamomile experienced better sleep quality than those who didn’t. And another study among postpartum women found the exact same results.
In addition to chamomile, valerian root has also been known to help people get better sleep. One small study revealed 89% of participants who took this herb experienced improved sleep quality.
Lavender tea has also been known to help people relax, calm their nerves, and sleep better.
Finally, lemon balm and passionflower have both had studies that showed they were effective at helping people get better rest. In fact, one study revealed that passionflower worked as well as Ambien.
Recommended: Restful Sleep Tea
Tea Helps in Hydration
Up to 60% of your body is water.
This is why, next to air, water is your body’s most important need. And yet, many people struggle to stay hydrated because they don’t drink enough water.
Tea helps us overcome that by hydrating us – with flavor.
And what makes drinking tea a great option for hydration is its incredible flexibility. You can have it hot or cold. You can choose hundreds of different flavors.
Tea is also a natural diuretic. It helps in taking out toxins and liquid waste that helps kidney health. Herbal and wellness teas are the best choices and are a healthy way to make sure you drink enough water.
Recommended: Juicy Strawberry Green Tea
Tea Can Contribute to a Longer Life
Everyone wants to live a full and happy life and drinking tea can help us with that too! Tea will not make us bulletproof but with its numerous health benefits, longer and healthy life can be possible.
A Harvard Medical School study of 40,000 Japanese adults revealed that regular green tea drinkers (matcha or regular green tea) have:
- Fewer chances of dying from stroke (35% in men and 45% in women)
- Fewer chances of developing heart disease (22% in men and 31% in women)
- Other causes (12% in men and 23% women)
And lest you think that study may have just been a fluke, another study of 14,000 elderly Japanese people found that the biggest green tea drinkers were 76% less likely to die during the six-year study.
The benefits of drinking tea go way beyond refreshment and social practice. We have seen that tea can improve digestion, lower stress levels, improve relaxation, boost energy, enhance focus, lower the chance of developing many chronic illnesses, and even add years to your life! So, do your health a real favor and make regular tea consumption a foundation of your daily health and wellness routine. We should all drink 3-5 cups of our favorite teas every day and enjoy the transformational health benefits that will surely follow.