Adding teas to your daily health routine is a great way to boost your antioxidant intake, detox your system and prevent diseases. Tea has been around for centuries and, other than water, it is the most widely consumed drink in the world. In many Eastern countries, drinking tea is a ceremonial event. Tea ceremonies, practiced in the East Asian culture, involve the artistic preparation and presentation of tea. Not only has the East been drinking tea historically for it’s traditions and rituals, but also for it’s widely known medicinal purposes and health benefits.
There are 4 categories of “true tea.” All true tea comes from the traditional tea plant, Camellia sinensis,
and is put in one of the four categories based on its oxidation level. White tea is unoxidized and black is fully oxidized. Green and oolong are middle oxidation levels. Each of the 4 true teas has it’s own specific health benefits.
Any tea that comes from a leaf, root, fruit or flower (and not from Camellia sinensis) is called an herbal tea. Peppermint, chamomile, rooibos, rose hip, yerba mate (and a long list of others) are all herbal teas. Herbal teas are not void of medicinal qualities, but their specific benefits depend on the herbs and spices of the particular tea
is packed with antioxidants. Because it’s the least processed tea, it holds onto most of it’s natural antioxidants. White tea is said to help with bone density and weight management. It also has anti-bacterial properties and interestingly, contains fluoride aiding your oral and dental health.
is commonly known as a superfood because it does everything from fighting off cancer to helping your heart. It also has compounds that protect and improve brain function and lower your risk of Alzheimer’s. Regularly drinking green tea lowers your risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.
is believed to have double the health benefits because of the combined qualities of black tea and green tea. Oolong also helps improve any skin irritations and skin clarity If you drink upwards of 3 glasses a day.
has a high caffeine level so many people drink it for a burst of energy and alertness. Black tea has been proven to reduce cardiovascular problems and is full of antioxidants that can help protect your cells from DNA damage.