What are the benefits of tea? Many cultures have enjoyed drinking tea for centuries.
When you think of tea, you can relate to Chinese people drinking lots of tea in their diet, England’s afternoon tea time, Japan’s ritual tea ceremony, the finest Ceylon tea from Sri Lanka, and so forth.
How the tea is originated in China?
In history, Chinese legend says that tea was discovered by an accident just like many things are discovered by accidents in history. While boiling the water, some leaves were fallen and landed into the boiling pot. Emperor Shennong smelled scent from leaves and drank the water. After he drank it, he felt refreshed and felt better. Emperor Shennong is well-recognized for the use of herbal drugs and identifying medical herbs. China has the earliest records of tea drinking. Tea was also used as a medicine during The Han Dynasty (206 BCE – 220 CE).
The benefits of tea
Polyphenols are micronutrients. We can get polyphenols from plant-based foods. Flavonoids are phytonutrients found in fruits and vegetables. Polyphenols include flavonoids and phenolic acids. Scientists found that herbal teas contain polyphenols which are antioxidants. Why antioxidants are so important in our body? Antioxidants may protect your cells from free radicals which result in cancer and other diseases. So antioxidants protect your healthy cells and healthy cells equal to a healthier body. Polyphenols also prevent you from getting gingivitis and periodontal disease. It is like a natural fluoride. Polyphenols in tea can help fight inflammation. Chronic inflammation is linked to stroke, heart disease, and other illnesses.
What are the risks of overdrinking tea?
High caffeine consumption could be a problem. Anything too much isn’t good. High caffeine might disturb your sleep, and could cause restlessness, anxiety, gastrointestinal disturbance, increase heart rate, etc. Moderate consumption is a way to go.
These are types of tea you may enjoy.
Green tea is very popular. Green tea is made with unfermented leaves. What benefits of green tea are known? It has a high level of antioxidants. Green tea’s high antioxidants may protect you from cancers and clogging of the arteries, neurological disorders, reduce risk of stroke and heart disease. Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayuverdic Medicine have used green tea as a healing method.
Black tea is also very popular. Black tea is made with fully fermented leaves and contains a high level of caffeine. Black teas are also rich in polyphenols. Black tea may protect you from cancers, tooth decay, gum disease, and reducing heart disease. Black tea also contains antiviral and antibacterial properties.
What are the benefits of ginger tea? Ginger tea is recommended to pregnant women to relieve nausea from morning sickness. Ginger has been used in Asian Traditional Medicine treating nausea, cold, and digestive disorder. In Ayurvedic Medicine, ginger is used in cleansing and detoxifying the body.
Chamomile tea is known for relaxation and helping with sleep. It is naturally caffeine-free. Chamomile flowers are made into tea. You could use both fresh and dried leaves. Chamomile flower is easy to grow in your yards.
Valerian Root Tea
Valerian root has been used to help relax and sleep. It has a strong stinky odor. Researchers suggest that valerian root may help relieve anxiety and calm nerves in a stressful situation. Drink tea at least an hour before bedtime. It will slowly work in your body.
Barley tea is made from roasted barley. Barley tea is so common and popular in East Asia like China, Japan, and South Korea. People drink barley tea like water in those countries. You can enjoy the tea both hot and cold. The tea smells good from roasted barley. It is caffeine-free. Barley tea has anti-bacterial properties that help you preventing tooth decay. Barley tea also contains antioxidants which would prevent you from damaging cells.
This holy basil plant is native to Southeast Asia. Indian medicine has been used this plant as a treatment for many conditions such as eye disease and other ailments. It is well-known for anti-inflammatory, antioxidants, anxiety treatment and promoting detoxification. Tulsi tea is caffeine-free and is safe to drink a few times a day. It is recommended to avoid Tulsi tea to women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
It is a traditional tea in China and Taiwan. Oolong tea is well-known for promoting metabolism. The taste of Oolong tea depends on how the leaves are elaborately processed. Tea leaves are partially fermented for Oolong Tea. Oolong Tea also contains polyphenols that prevent you from free radicals. Oolong tea is recommended to smokers and people who consume alcohol for detoxifying the body.
It is a traditional Korean tea made with ginseng plan’s root. Ginseng has been used in South Korea and China as a traditional medicine for centuries. Ginseng has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Researchers found that ginseng help brain functions like memory and behavior and strengthen the immune system. Ginseng is not recommended to children and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Interesting story about Chinese railroad workers and tea
During railroad construction to connect the East and West of the United States, Railroad companies hired Irish people connecting railroads from the East. Due to the difficulty of transportation, it was more expensive to bringing Irish workers across the states from the East to California than bringing Chinese people across from the Pacific. Railroad companies shipped Chinese laborers over from China to California. There is an interesting story in regards to Chinese workers and tea. During construction, many railroad workers were exposed to toxic environment and also had water and overall hygiene issues during that time. Many Irish workers died of illnesses while working on railroads, but Chinese workers survived and the railroad companies ended up bringing more Chinese workers from China. Interestingly, people found out that it has something to do with their traditional diet drinking tea every day. Once they went home, they boiled water and drank tea. So boiling water protected them from getting any bacteria in contaminated water and also drinking tea every day helped them detoxify the body. Now we know tea contains lots of polyphenols that could be the factor.
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In general, drinking tea comes with many health benefits. Buy organic tea. Don’t add sweetener or white sugar in your tea. If you want to make the tea sweet, try to use organic honey or organic coconut sugar.
If you can, use loose tea rather than tea bags. The ocean is full of tiny tiny particles of teabags. Teabags are one of the major contaminants in the ocean along with tiny particles of plastics. Fish are found contained these particles inside.
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