Friday, February 22, 2008

10 reasons why you should drink Tea (instead of coffee!)

  1. Tea contains antioxidants. These antioxidants protect your body from the ravages of aging and the effects of pollution.

  2. Tea has less caffeine than coffee. Coffee usually has 2 to 3 times the caffeine of tea. If drinking coffee gives you the jitters, causes indigestion or headaches or interferes with sleep - switch to tea.

  3. Tea may reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke. Unwanted blood clots formed from cholesterol and blood platelets cause heart attack and stroke. Drinking tea may help keep your arteries smooth and clog-free, the same way a drain keeps your bathroom pipes clear.

  4. Tea protects your bones. It's not just the milk added to tea that builds strong bones. One study that compared tea drinkers with non-drinkers, found that people who drank tea for 10 or more years had the strongest bones.

  5. Tea gives you a sweet smile. Tea itself actually contains fluoride and tannins that may keep plaque at bay. It's the sugar added to it that's likely to blame for bad dental records. So add unsweetened tea drinking to your daily dental routine of brushing and flossing for healthier teeth and gums.

  6. Tea bolsters your immune defenses. Drinking tea may help your body's immune system fight off infection. When 21 volunteers drank either five cups of tea or coffee each day for four weeks, researchers saw higher immune system activity in the blood of the tea drinkers.

  7. Tea protects against cancer. Thank the polyphenols, the antioxidants found in tea, once again for their cancer-fighting effects. While the overall research is inconclusive, there are enough studies that show the potential protective effects of drinking tea to make adding tea to your list of daily beverages.

  8. Tea helps keep you hydrated. Caffeinated beverages, including tea, used to be on the list of beverages that didn't contribute to our daily fluid needs. Since caffeine is a diuretic and makes us pee more, the thought was that caffeinated beverages couldn't contribute to our overall fluid requirement. However, recent research has shown that the caffeine really doesn't matter - tea and other caffeinated beverages definitely contribute to our fluid needs.

  9. Tea is calorie-free. Tea doesn't have any calories, unless you add sweetener or milk. Consuming even 250 fewer calories per day can result in losing one pound per week. If you're looking for a satisfying, calorie-free beverage, tea is a top choice.

  10. Tea increases your metabolism. Lots of people complain about a slow metabolic rate and their inability to lose weight. Green tea has been shown to actually increase metabolic rate so that you can burn 70 to 80 additional calories by drinking just five cups of green tea per day. Of course, taking a 15-minute walk every day will also burn calories.
Source: i village

This article is meant for infomation only and does not constitute as medical advice. Please consume everything in moderation and consult a doctor first especially if you are pregnant or have certain health conditions.

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