There’s always a debate about how consumption of tea or coffee affects our health.
For ages, there have been myths that drinking them is harmful to health but studies have busted that myths and some more.
They have proven that tea and coffee are much more beneficial to us. In fact, they have been known to increase productivity and as well as increase life expectancy.
We’ll take a look at the 4 major type of tea, how to prepare them and benefits of each one provides us.
1. Green Tea
Water (1 cup), Green tea leaves (1 tsp), Honey (1 tsp), a cup, a tea strainer, and a teapot.
How to prepare:
Add water to the stainless steel pot and heat it. Make sure that you don’t boil the water you just have to heat it a little.
Take the strainer put the green tea leaves in it and place it over a cup. Then pour the hot water over it. Keep it aside for a couple of minutes. To ensure that the tea is not too strong, keep tasting it every 40 seconds.
Don’t like the taste of green tea? Add honey to it. Mix it and let it cool for a minute.
A cup of green tea is ready to be served.
Weight loss: The extra weight that we carry around at times can be hard to get rid of but a cup of daily tea can help you take care of it, it burns fat as it boosts the metabolic rate. Our metabolism plays an important role in our physique. People with faster metabolism tend to eat a lot and gain little weight as their body burns the calories a lot faster than the bodies of people with a slower metabolism.
Reduce the risk of cancer: Growth of cells that are uncontrollable leads to cancer and oxidative damage is one of the primary factors that cause that growth. Green tea is a rich source of antioxidants and hence it is known to reduce the risk of cancer.
2. Herbal Tea (Chamomile tea)
Dried Chamomile Flowers ( 1 tbsp), Water (1 cup), a cup, a tea infuser, a teapot.
How to prepare:
Add the dried chamomile flowers to the infuser.
Add the water to the pot and heat it until you see it boiling slightly. After it is boiled
Then pour the hot water into the empty cup and then put your infuser in the cup. Keep it aside for 4-5 minutes, this will let the tea steep.
If you are interested in flavoring your tea, go for a spoonful of honey or milk to sweeten your chamomile tea.
A cup of chamomile tea is ready to be served.
Reduces Insomnia: A lot of you might have tried many remedies for insomnia but none of you might have thought of drinking chamomile tea. It is a healing tea that contains apigenin it is an antioxidant which that makes you fall asleep.
Better Digestion: Studies have shown that chamomile tea has been known to improve digestive function in mice. It is yet to be tested properly on humans but it is known to settle an upset stomach.
It is also good for you heart as it lowers blood pressure and it also reduces the risk of few cancer types, primarily breast, uterus, and thyroid cancers. It is also good for you skin and it is said to boost your immune system.
3. Black Tea
Water (1 cup), Tea leaves (1 tsp), Sugar ( 2 tsp), a teapot and a strainer.
How to prepare:
Add water to the teapot. Now, add some sugar to it and heat it for 2 minutes on medium heat.
When the water starts to boil add tea leaves and stir them frequently for 2 minutes on medium heat.
Lower the heat and cover the teapot. Let the tea leaves steep for additional 2 minutes.
Now use a strainer to sieve the tea leaves.
A cup of black tea is ready to be served.
Low blood pressure, reduced risk of cancer, lower chances of heart diseases are some of the common benefits of all types of tea.
Improved focus: Our concentration has a nasty habit of losing focus and worrying about useless things at times. As black tea contains caffeine it induces alertness and improves your focus.
Reduced risk of a stroke: A stroke is a result of either a ruptured blood vessel or a blocked one. It is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. And this just hammers the point that making healthy food and life choices are necessary to live. Consumption of black tea has shown a reduced risk of stroke in many people. it is one of the preventive measures to be taken against it.
4. Oolong (Partially Fermented Tea)
Loose leaf Oolong (3 grams), Water (¾ cup), a teapot, a cup,
How to prepare:
Add water to the teapot and heat it. Turn off the heat when the water comes to boil, we are not going to let it boil. We just need it a little hot.
Put the loose leaf oolong in the cup and then rinse it with a little hot water.
Once the leaves are clean, pour the hot water into the cup and let it steep for 3-5 minutes. It depends on how strong you take your tea.
A cup of oolong tea is ready to be served.
Weight loss and brain functions are the primary benefits of drinking oolong tea.
Good for teeth and bones: Quite a few studies have shown that people drinking oolong tea for a long duration have a better bone density as compared to people who don't drink it.
Eczema: Drinking oolong tea might relieve eczema. Even if you have consulted a doctor and have the prescriptions to treat it. Oolong tea will make you feel a lot better, so, do drink it.
These 4 major tea types as you have already seen have major health benefits that will make your life much better. You are now armed with the weapons of health and joy.