Tuesday, November 29, 2011

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Top 5 Health Benefits to Drinking Tea~

Tea is the second oldest beverage known to us after water, and it has almost as many benefits.  As we turn to hot tea to keep us warm in these chilly months, remember these benefits when making your beverage choices.

1. Tea aids in digestion.
Green tea particularly, is essential to healthy digestion.  It is a natural diuretic, and helps flush your system of toxins clogging passageways.  Green tea blocks cholesterol absorption and leaves nutrients essential to health and energy. 

2. Tea helps keep your teeth healthy.
Rinsing with black tea helps reduce plaque formation and the production of acids which cause tooth decay.  Another ingredient in black tea, tannin, has been known to fight bacteria, causing decay. Black tea can stain your pearly whites, so keep green tea as an option, or rinse with water after your black tea rinse.

3. Tea helps fight cancer.
Because of tea contains antioxidants which fight free radicals in the body, it is known to help prevent cancer as well.  The lack of pollution in the body contributes to keeping cancer cell growth at bay, and a healthy immune system.

4. Tea helps reduce heart disease and stroke risks.
Tea keeps arteries smooth and clog-free, therefore the risk blood clots and cholesterol blockages pose leading to heart disease and strokes, is reduced.  Hot tea is especially helpful, as warm/hot water is good for helping clear the esophagus and intestines.  

5. Tea helps fight weight gain.
Not only do most teas not have calories (without sugar or milk, of course), but they help boost metabolism and provide the energy needed to burn the calories you get elsewhere.  Taking in even 250 fewer calories per day can result in losing 1 pound per week--so tea is an optimal beverage choice for the weight conscious ...especially after the holidays.  It's also a great substitute for sugary carbonated beverages.

Consider adding or increasing your tea intake.  The benefits are endless!  For more tea suggestions, click here.

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