Sip Me Baby One More Time: 3 Ways Tea Can Improve Your Wellness
According to legend, the Chinese emperor Shen Nung discovered tea accidentally while sitting under a tree in 2737 BCE. His servant was boiling drinking water when some leaves blew into the pot. Shen Nung was a renowned herbalist and decided to taste the beverage, which is now known as tea. This story may be a myth, but tea has been a popular beverage worldwide for millennia. There's nothing more soothing than drinking a hot cup of tea on a cold winter day or a glass of iced tea on a summer afternoon. Tea contains compounds with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, giving it a variety of health benefits. Grab your favourite mug and sip on some hot tea while you learn how this delicious drink can boost your health and wellness.
Tea has been used as a way to maintain good health for centuries. This is partly because boiling water is an effective way to destroy bacteria and prevent waterborne diseases in places without access to safe drinking water. More recently, scientists has focused on the role that tea plays in preventing noninfectious diseases. Tea is a major source of flavonoids: potent antioxidants that neutralize damage caused by free radicals. Research has shown that individuals who consumed large amounts of dietary flavonoids had a 20% lower risk of death from coronary heart disease compared to those who consumed small amounts. Another study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, discovered people who drank three cups of tea a day were 11% less likely to have a heart attack than those who did not. Drinking tea has also been associated with a lower risk of developing Parkinson's disease, a long term degenerative disorder of the central nervous system.
We all know that staying hydrated is extremely important. Our bodies are comprised mostly of water, and having the proper balance of water and electrolytes determines how many of our bodily systems function. Many people have the idea that tea is dehydrating because it contains caffeine, but researchers have found that this isn't true. Caffeine is a mild diuretic, which means that it can cause the body to lose water. However, studies show that this is only of concern with very high doses of caffeine, and drinking 6-8 cups of tea per day does not adversely affect hydration. Tea has similar hydrating properties to water with the added bonus of its health benefits.
Maintain A Healthy Weight
There is no easy replacement for a balanced diet and exercise routine, but consuming tea has been shown to help people achieve and maintain a healthy weight. A study from the European Journal of Nutrition found that adults who regularly drank hot tea had lower BMIs and waist sizes than those who did not. Tea contains a type of flavonoid called catechins, which may help boost metabolism and help the body break down fats more quickly. Tea can also aid in weight loss if it is used as a replacement for other high calorie beverages. However, beware of teas marketed as weight loss or detox drinks. These are often loaded with laxatives, and long term use can change the balance of electrolytes in the blood and cause heart function disorders, muscle weakness, and liver damage. Stick to natural, high quality tea without artificial ingredients or added chemicals.
Room 2046 offers a line of loose leaf teas from Sloane Tea Company. These artisanal teas are the result of a delicious journey, as Sloane has traveled the world in search of the finest ingredients. Everything about Sloane Teas is beautiful, from the remarkable taste and colour to the design of the tins. The Rouge Provence tea will transport you to a summer's day in the South of France with its fresh floral notes and antioxidant-rich rooibos base. Perfectly Pair is a white tea plucked from the Fuijian province of China during only a few short weeks each spring. It is paired with the sweet succulence of Asian pear for a delicate and smooth masterpiece. Ginger Twist is a blend of lemongrass, mint, ginger, and chunks of apple, papaya, and citrus peel. It is spicy, soothing, and refreshing, with a beautiful golden colour. Other Sloane products include the Celebration Medley, Coconut Almond Rooibos, and Heavenly Cream Black loose leaf teas. Sloane teas can also be steeped as ice tea for a much healthier option than sugar-filled sweet teas.
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