Tea is the largest consumed beverage in the world, next to water, and has been around for nearly 5,000 years. Whether you’re drinking black, green, or chai tea, you may want to consider adding it into the mix at your office, classroom, or production floor after reading about its benefits below
Health Benefits of Drinking Tea
If you’re looking for an alternative drink to keep down your calories, tea is your answer. Tea contains no sodium, fat, carbonation, or sugar. Tea also contains flavonoids, which are naturally occurring compounds that are suggested to have antioxidant properties. These flavonoids provide bioactive compounds that help assist in neutralizing free radicals. Scientists believe free radicals damage certain elements in the body like genetic material and lipids over time.
As new research is conducted every day by the international scientific community, more and more health benefits are being discovered. A study has found people who regularly consume three or more cups of black tea per day have a reduced risk of heart disease and stroke. It also suggests that drinking tea can offer lower Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol or also known as “bad” cholesterol.
Tea's Impact on Students
Students work on constantly changing schedules. Unlike the typical 9-5 workplace, they have deadlines falling all over the place that they must tackle outside of their “business” hours. This assignment is due this day, that one is due tomorrow. Outside of attending school itself, whether high school or college, students can feel overwhelmed with trying to keep up. And they often cope with this through caffeine. Although coffee is an excellent source of caffeine that helps them stay alert, tea provides some as well. Tea also has the amazing effect of giving your body energy and a sense of relaxation at the same time.
This feeling of relaxation is from the chemical Theanine. Acting as an anti-stimulant, it helps to alleviate stress and tension in the body, and it doesn’t counter the mental stimulation given from the caffeine. Students can feel mentally focused for their upcoming exam while maintaining a healthy and calm sense in the body by drinking tea.
Welcoming Tea Into the Workplace
Tea not only provides caffeine and zen to your body, but it can also help with weight loss. With a hectic work schedule, it can be hard to find the time and motivation to go to the gym. Enjoying a cup of tea in the workplace boosts your metabolism through its diuretic properties like the Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG). For example, green tea can increase the number of calories you burn by up to four percent in your day-to-day activities.
Your oral health can also be positively influenced by tea. The Catechins found in green tea helps control the bacteria in the mouth and reduce acidity in the saliva, preventing cavities and other issues. As mentioned above, EGCG also attacks cancerous cells by destroying its mitochondria and fighting against oral cancer.
Different Ways to Drink Tea
Not only does tea provide exceptional health benefits, but it also can be made several ways. And whether you like your drinks hot or iced, tea has you covered. Below are the different ways to brew tea.
The bagged/loose leaf tea still is an important segment, especially for new tea drinkers. For the best flavor using this method, use a teapot with fresh water and bring it to a boil. Then use one teaspoon or one bag of tea per cup. And finally, pour the hot water over tea and brew for 3-5 minutes and serve.
As a high-growing segment, more people are switching to iced tea, The Tea Association of the U.S.A. Inc. states that 80 percent of tea consumed in the United States is iced. For a cup of iced tea, proceed through the hot tea guidelines and pour over ice.
Tea provides benefits that range from fighting cancer to losing weight for your staff, students, or production floor workers to ensure healthy lifestyles for them. You can learn more about the tea products that we offer at Bernick’s here.