Happy New Year! With the beginning of a new year comes resolutions, and many of these involve incorporating healthy habits into daily routines. In addition to healthy eating and exercise, one way you can improve your health in 2016 is to drink more tea! January is National Hot Tea month, and it’s time to let go of the Earl Grey and dive head first into the tea scene. Here are some of the most popular kinds of tea and the health benefits that they offer!
Black tea is made with fermented tea leaves and has the highest caffeine content. Studies have shown that it may protect lungs from damage cause by exposure to cigarette smoke, and it also may reduce the risk of stroke. Add some milk and sugar for a smooth sweet drink to have during a cold winter night.
Green tea is made with steamed tea leaves, and is heralded most for its antioxidants. These antioxidants may interfere with the growth of several different types of cancer, including breast, lung and stomach cancer. It can counteract oxidative stress on the brain, reduce the risk of neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s, reduce the risk of stroke, and improve cholesterol levels. This is a great tea to drink for overall health, and can be paired with lemon and ginger for a relaxing drink.
White tea is uncured and fermented. Much like green tea, white tea contains antioxidants, which may help fight cancer and cardiovascular disease. Drinking white tea might also reduce the risk of cancer recurrence for breast cancer survivors, according to the American Cancer Society. Add in a teaspoon of honey for a sweet balance.
Chamomile tea is an ancient natural remedy with many health benefits. Research shows that the antioxidants in chamomile tea may help stunt the growth of cancer cells and prevent diabetes side effects such as loss of vision, nerve damage and kidney damage. Unlike the teas mentioned above, chamomile tea is made from the flowers of the chamomile plant.
Peppermint tea is believed to aid digestion and combat stress. The menthol present in the tea acts as a muscle relaxant which helps to reduce the amount of stress and anxiety people suffer from. Mix in a piece of ginger candy for a sweeter tea with even more digestive aid.
There are so many health benefits associated with tea, it’s hard to go wrong. Challenge yourself to drink one cup of hot tea a day for the whole month and see what changes occur!