Why Not Tea?

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

As most of you know, every morning I have a cup of coffee or two. It is my favorite way to start the day and I do not plan on changing that... but what about the rest of the day? With the amount of creamer I put in each cup of coffee, I cannot get away with sipping coffee all day. Thankfully, I'm getting back into tea drinking.
My grandmother-in-law's cute teapot :)

Tea has less caffeine than coffee, which is helpful for later-in-the-day-sipping. My body doesn't handle an excess of caffeine very well, so I have to be careful with that. Plus, there are so many health benefits to tea that I feel like I am doing something productive for my body when I have an afternoon cup ;)

The Breakdown:

Black Tea- Black tea is probably my least favorite hot tea. However, it is still yummy every now and then, and it is still good for you. Because it has the most caffeine of the teas, black tea helps with alertness and processing skills. It is also used to treat headaches and low blood pressure and can reduce the risk of certain types of cancer. (webmd.com)

Herbal Tea- For some reason, I couldn't find any informative web articles about herbal tea. However, two things I know about herbal tea is 1.) it is caffeine-free, and 2.) because it is caffeine-free, herbal tea is used to calm and soothe. 

Green Tea- Studies show that green tea can lower blood pressure, prevent congestive heart failure, and is great for weight-loss because it vamps up your metabolism! Green tea also helps prevent Alzheimer's disease. (webmd.com)

Red Tea- Red tea helps with headaches, allergies, eczema, insomnia, and asthma. Red tea is an herbal (caffeine free) tea.  (organicfacts.net)

White Tea- White tea has many of the same properties as green tea, but in larger quantities. It helps prevent cancer, helps lower cholesterol and has tons of antioxidants and it has antiviral properties. (whiteteaguide.com). I personally love white tea. My two favorites are mango white tea, and the cantaloupe jasmine tea I got at Beach Dreams Market in North Myrtle Beach, SC (pictured above).

I definitely want to keep making tea a habit. I like sugar or honey in it, but that is ok in moderation. Now....if only I could learn moderation ;)

*A little tip: the less-processed the tea, the more nutrients it has. Opt for loose-leaf, organic teas.

Do you have a favorite tea, or a type of tea you'd like to try? Tell me about it in the comment section below :)

Happy sipping!

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