6 Health Benefits of Drinking Tea
Do you enjoy drinking a hot cup of tea once in a while? Are you an iced tea fanatic? Maybe you drink tea every day, or perhaps you haven’t found the right flavor yet. Either way, knowing how tea supports your overall wellness will make you want to incorporate tea into your daily routine.
Here are just some of the awesome ways drinking tea supports overall wellness.
Tea is refreshing and calming
When you just need a little refresher, nothing beats tea. Even dedicated coffee drinkers appreciate the refreshing nature of iced tea on a hot day. On a cold day, holding a cup of hot tea feels equally refreshing. Breathing in the scented water vapor rising from your cup is especially calming.
Tea is also a great way to relax and connect with friends, whether you go to a café or brew your tea on the go with a mug/infuser combo. You really can drink tea anytime, anywhere.
You’ll sleep better
Sleep is something we take for granted when we’re young, but things change as you get older. Sometimes it gets harder to sleep for a variety of reasons, including stress, anxiety, overwhelm, and medical conditions. Some people develop severe sleep disorders, like insomnia and sleep deprivation.
There are articles full of advice on how to get better sleep, but what if you could achieve a restful, deep sleep with hot tea before bed? It’s possible, and if you struggle with sleep, you should give it a try.
There’s something soothing about hot liquid. Whether you submerge yourself in a tub full of hot water or consume a hot beverage, heat is relaxing. Drinking a hot or warm cup of tea before bed can help you put your body into a relaxed state where you’ll have an easier time drifting off to sleep.
You can get teas for detoxing
Everyone needs to detox once in a while, and that can be achieved with several types of teas. For example, dandelion root, fennel seed, ginger, turmeric, and burdock root all make excellent detox teas.
If you’re up for a little prep work, try boiling fresh ginger and turmeric together in a pot and make some golden milk (haldi ka doodh). It’s perfect for all your anti-inflammatory needs, plus it’s delicious.
Tea is a great coffee alternative
Let’s be real – there is such a thing as too much coffee. If you’re drinking coffee all day long, you’re probably getting too much caffeine and you may be putting excessive strain on your liver.
Drinking tea is much better for you than coffee, and it can even encourage you to drink more pure water throughout the day.
Certain teas will light up your taste buds
Whether you’re into black tea, red tea, white tea, or purely herbal teas, each type of tea has a unique flavor. Some teas are tasty, but certain kinds will light up your taste buds. For instance, licorice root tea has an incredibly unique flavor that you’ll either love or hate.
For those who love licorice tea, it’s an intense sweet burst of flavor with a sugary aftertaste. This tea tastes nothing like the processed licorice candy you can buy in the store. Since it’s about fifty times sweeter than sugar, many herbal teas include licorice to enhance the flavor, but it’s also medicinal.
Medicinal uses for licorice tea
In addition to being delicious, people use licorice root to lower blood pressure, help with liver disease, gum disease, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).
Research suggests that the 300+ flavonoids found in licorice root tea have antiviral and antibacterial properties. It’s been used to treat hepatitis C, HIV, the flu, and even coxsackievirus (hand-foot-and-mouth disease).
A hot tea habit can replace cigarettes
If you’re a smoker addicted to the act and ritual of smoking more than the nicotine, you might be able to use tea to quit smoking.
Right off the bat, you probably won’t be thrilled about having a cup of tea instead of a cigarette, but over time, a tea habit can replace a cigarette habit.
Start by bringing a cup of tea with you once in a while when you go out for a smoke. Get yourself in the habit of drinking tea and enjoying your moment of quiet. Then, try going outside with a cup of tea and don’t smoke. Just enjoy your tea. See how it feels.
When your smoking habit is more about the ritual than the nicotine, it’s not hard to replace the habit with something healthier. You just have to repeat the process until it becomes a new habit.
Have you had your tea today?
What kind of tea are you drinking today? Whatever your pick, enjoy it to the last drop.