October 2, 2012

Teatime To A Sexier You

Many people worldwide drink tea, and have drank tea for centuries. The Brits are known for their love of tea and biscuits. The Chinese have drank tea since the days before record. And today we drink it more and more in America. Researchers are even looking into tea and its benefits more.

Green tea has been found to support memory health. RedOrbit recently reported about the benefits of the potent and tasty tea. According to the article, the Molecular Nutrition & Food Research explained that green tea impacts the cellular mechanisms in the brain. This means tea helps our memories, and who doesn’t want that?

As if memory help wasn’t enough, WebMD wrote that green tea also has antioxidants known to interfere with the growth of different cancers like bladder, breast, lung, stomach, pancreatic, and colorectal. In a time when people are so concerned about cancer, as they should be because it’s incredibly devastating, if green tea helps, then why not add a cup daily?

Memory and cancer aside, WebMD further wrote that green tea helps in other areas of health like preventing the clogging of arteries, counteracting oxidative stress on the brain, reducing the risk of stroke, and many others. Green tea is one awesome addition to benefit health.

But green tea isn’t the only beneficial tea. Black teas are worth their weight, too. In another article, redOrbit noted that black tea has been linked to lowering the levels of stress hormones in the body and aiding in the healing process of those with coronary artery disease. Furthermore, WebMD noted in the same article as above that studies have shown that black teas may protect the lungs from cigarette smoke damage. All of these benefits obviously would help in reducing the risk to stroke.

Oh, and did I mention that teas, specifically green teas, have been studied for weight loss and fat burning? Yep, that’s right. If you’re looking for a supplement that will make you sexier, adding a couple of teatimes packed with just green tea will help metabolic functioning, which, in turn, helps with energy. NPR stated the flavonols in tea support an increase in energy thus increasing the amount of calories we burn. And even though these weight maintenance benefits won’t work alone, they will contribute to a sexier you in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise. Definitely another reason to add more teatime to our daily lives.

NPR did acknowledge that there’s some controversy over whether or not milk affects the benefits of tea. Some scientists have found that adding milk to tea diminishes the body’s ability to utilize the flavonols while others can find no absolutely convincing evidence that milk has that much power because typically people don’t add that much milk. Despite the disagreement, many scientists find common ground in the studies about all the health benefits teas provide.

Teas have been studied to help in improving heart health, reducing cancer risk, improving memory, lowering stress, helping with energy, aiding in weight loss, and oh so much more.  Four different tea types exist: black, green, white, or oolong. Almost all teas fall into one or more of these types. And for caffeine fiends, all four types will give them their fix. Tea is a great alternate to coffee because unlike a cup of joe, tea actually rehydrates drinkers more according to the Huffington Post. So tomorrow morning, instead of that to-go mug of coffee, think about trying tea. I bet your body will thank you.

Image Credit: Photos.com

Facebook Twitter Pinterest Plusone Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Email


Rayshell E. Clapper is an Associate Professor of English at a rural college in Oklahoma where she teaches Creative Writing, Literature, and Composition classes. She has presented her original fiction and non-fiction at several conferences and events including: Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium, Southwest/Texas Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association Regional Conference, and Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference. Her publications include Cybersoleil Journal, Sugar Mule Literary Magazine, Red Dirt Anthology, Originals, and Oklahoma English Journal. Beyond her written works, she successfully created a writer's group in rural Oklahoma to support burgeoning writers. The written word is her passion, and all she experiences inspires that passion. She hopes to help inspire others through her words.

Send Rayshell an email