Tea – The Unsung Hero

In this day and age of the newest caffeine fix, whether it’s the newest coffee type, pre-workout, or energy drink, we seem to forget about tea, the unsung hero. 

Tea has been around for thousands of years and has numerous health benefits.  Tea is unique in that it is known as having a calm, relaxing nature, but still gives a great boost of caffeine, energizing us to face our day.

Coming from origins of China and India, the wonder of its creation tells many mythical stories from thousands of years ago.  The most popular tells of a Chinese emperor who was drinking water that was recently boiled, and leaves were accidentally blown into his drink.  This delicious surprise intrigued the emperor, and left him feeling invigorated.

From China, Japan, India, and England to name a few, tea is not only widespread, but cultural.  Second only to water as the most consumed drink, it’s strange that tea is not advertised as much as its other caffeine counterparts.  It seems somewhere along the way in our modern mindset of a rushed nature, we have lost the importance of enjoying what a cup of tea can do.

Tea originated from the camellia sinensis, an evergreen plant. Although there are many types, the most common are green, black, white and oolong teas. The only difference in these is how it is prepared.  Herbal teas are combinations of herbs and fruits, not actually containing the tea plant, which we will speak of in a later article.

 

Green Tea

  • High antioxidant levels
  • Aids in burning fat
  • Reduce risk of heart disease
  • Reduce risks of neurological disorders
  • Improve cholesterol levels
  • Counteract anxiety and stress
  • 25mg caffeine per 8oz

Black Tea

  • Made with fermented leaves
  • Aids in digestive problems
  • Basis for flavored teas like chai and instant teas
  • May protect lungs from damage caused by exposure to cigarette smoke
  • Reduce risk of stroke
  • 42mg caffeine per 8oz

 

White Tea

  • uncured and unfermented
  • Most potent anticancer properties
  • Antibacterial and Antiviral properties
  • Promotes healthy skin
  • 28mg caffeine per 8oz

Oolong Tea

  • improves oral health
  • strengthens teeth and bones
  • Promotes healthy hair
  • Stabalizes blood sugar levels
  • 37mg caffeine per 8oz

 

Depending on my mood I like starting out my day with a cup, but I have been finding myself more and more finishing off my work day with a cup, relaxed yet still energized to keep up with my family.

I’d love to hear what works for you, and how you manage your busy days. Please feel free to leave a comment!

 

 

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