First discovered in China over 5,000 years ago, green tea is said to have many health benefits, including boosting your immune system. White tea contains the highest levels of antioxidants, and has been found to increase metabolism and help maintain healthy skin and complexion. Herbal teas, such as chamomile, can help you relax and promote restful sleep and help with digestion.
Black and green teas also contain Vitamins A, B1, B2 and B6, along with calcium, zinc and folic acid. Tea is also a rich source of potassium—vital for maintaining a normal heartbeat and regulating fluid levels in cells and manganese, an essential mineral for bone growth.
A cup a day keeps
the doctor away?
Besides tea's proven therapeutic benefits, a daily cup or two of tea contributes in many other ways to a healthy lifestyle. So the next time you want to do something good for your body, put on the kettle and pour yourself a cup of health and happiness.
Take a break - Tea time is the ultimate stress break, letting you stop, stretch and stimulate your senses. You'll return relaxed, refreshed and ready to face whatever comes your way.
Stay hydrated - The body needs 50 to 85 ounces of fluid each day, and tea is a great way to get your recommended daily allowance. Its potassium even helps to maintain the body's fluid balance.
Keep things light - Served on its own, tea contains zero fat or calories. Even when taken with milk, tea remains an all-natural, low-calorie beverage.
Smile more - Tea is a natural source of fluoride, which helps make your teeth stronger. Studies have shown that people who regularly drink both black and/or green tea are less likely to have cavities. The flavonoids in tea also help stop plaque, which can prevent gum disease and reduce bad breath.
Combat free radicals - Tea is an ideal source of antioxidants, which naturally help protect the body against the damaging effects of free radicals. Free radicals are highly reactive molecules that can damage our cells and cause diseases.
Discover healing herbals - Naturally caffeine free and low in calories, these refreshing infusions of fruits, flowers or herbs can help you unwind, relax, revive, or detox.