Wednesday, November 30, 2011

‘Tea’ for a better Tomorrow



Some Health Benefits of Tea:
‘Tea’ for a better Tomorrow

I say tea, and you may think 1 or 2 kinds, but it’s an endless variety. Tea consists of a dried plant, herb, peel, seed, berry, fruit or fruit pits steeped and infused in boiling water. It’s the natural chemicals that leech out of the dried tea and into the water, which are responsible for all the benefits a tea could have.

When choosing tea – try to opt for the loose leaf rather than the tea bags. Loose leaf tea contains more antioxidants. Simply put, the tea bags usually contain the remnants of the loose leaf (lower quality powdered leaf). 

 
Try to avoid Decaf tea’s – their cancer fighting properties are usually decreased in the decaffeinating process.

Don't add Milk to your tea  - Milk decreases and sometimes eliminates the positive health effects that the natural compounds in tea provide. It was found that proteins in milk (caseins) decrease catechins in tea, which boost protection against heart disease.
BENEFITS OF TEA
Aging
Allergies
Colds/Flu
Arthritis
Bone Strength
Cancer
Cholesterol
Heart Health
Weight Loss
Inflammation
Antioxidant
Diabetes
Immune system
Metabolism
Circulation

1.    Protects against cancer. Today, scientific research has shown that those people who often drink tea have significantly lower risk of cancer. Polyphenols can help prevent the growth of cancer. This particular ingredient has a power to completely kill off cancerous cells by inhibiting enzymes that cancer cells need in order to grow. Tea also has the ability to prevent healthy cells from turning malignant or cancerous after exposure to cancer causing compounds.
2.    Antioxidants & Aging. They protect the body from the negative effects of aging and the effects of pollution. Oolong tea as other teas may help in reducing the signs of aging.
3.    Increases Metabolism. Flavonoids in tea help body burn fat and speed up metabolism. It is an ideal drink for those who wish to lose weight.
4.    Reduce the risk of Heart attack and stroke. Blood clots formed from cholesterol and blood platelets cause heart attack and stroke. Drinking tea helps keep arteries clean, helps in preventing blood from clumping or forming clots.
5.   Lower ‘Bad’ Cholesterol. Tea helps drop levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or Bad Cholesterol.  
6.   Protects the Bones. Tea promotes healthier and stronger bones, protecting people from such diseases as osteoporosis. The Flavonoids act as bone builders – increasing bone mineral densities.
7.   Promotes a healthier immune system. Drinking tea may help the body's immune system fight off infection. There is higher immune system activity in the blood of the tea drinkers.
8.   Tea has less caffeine than coffee.
9.   Allergies. Green tea rich in antioxidants that protect against heart disease and cancer, now shows to be an allergy fighter. These antioxidants block the biochemical process involved in producing an allergic response.
10.Prevent diabetes. Oolong tea can help in the treatment of diabetes.  This tea contains components that regulate insulin levels in the body.
11. Tea helps to keep you hydrated.
12. Arthritis. Some teas help with reducing inflammation and slowing cartilage breakdown. Catechins in green tea are chondroprotective and are prophylactic for arthritis – benefiting the patient.
13.Inflammation. Tea helps in reducing or controlling inflammation in the body. This is not only useful for arthritis patients, but also those who experience inflammation due to injury or disease.
14.Tea also has a positive effect in fighting gum and tooth disease. Tea contains fluoride component which reduce the main bacteria involved in decay. Tea can reduce the buildup of bacteria-causing plaque and give you a brighter smile.

By drinking tea daily, eating healthy food, and doing regular exercises, people can dramatically reduce the risks of health problems. Tea is a healthy delicious beverage for everyday life.


Tea comes in a wide variety. Main Categories being :
White Green Black Herbal Flowering Red

Below is a List of Teas… Think outside of the box, Tea is leeching natural chemicals into water so our body can absorb it. This means tea could be made with anything that leeches these chemicals out when placed in water.  Some people use the stems of cherries as a tea – this is helpful for gout.  Others use the corn hair for their tea – helps with colds and coughs.  I use spices like Turmeric powder in my Tea. 
Corn Hair
Cardamom
Chamomile
Chrysanthemum flower
Black
Green
White
Cinnamon
Cumin
Licorice
Cherry Stems
Cranberry
Oolong
Hibiscus
Matte
Assam Tea
Ceylon Tea
Lemon peel
Fruit pits
Gingko
Seaweed
Turmeric
Herbal
Red Clover
Orange Peel
Matcha
Nettle
Nutmeg
Anise
Clove
Lavender
Flower Tea
Jasmine
Rosehip
Cardamom
Mint
Fennel
Senna
Vanilla Bean
Ginger
Roobios
Lemon Balm

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