You may be wondering “Why should I drink tea. Can it do anything for me and my health?” In fact, it can! But before loading up, make sure that your “tea” is tea.
Real tea is derived from a particular plant (Camellia sinensis) and includes only four varieties: green, black, white, and oolong. Anything else (like herbal “tea”) is an infusion of a different plant and isn’t technically tea.
Here are just a few of the many benefits tea can offer to your health, skin and figure:
① Faster Metabolism
Real tea, from the Camellia sinensis plant, including white, green, black, etc.maintains, contains both caffeine and EGCG which work in combination to raise the resting metabolic rate, meaning a faster metabolism and burning more calories while at rest.
It burns up belly fat. Research at Tufts University indicates that EGCG in green tea, like other catechins, activate fat-burning genes in the abdomen to speed weight loss by 77 percent.
② Better digestion
All teas, but especially Pu-erh Tea, a type of fermented tea, can help with digestion, the breakdown of dietary fats, normalizing bowel movements and reducing bloating.
③ Younger-looking skin
Tea is fantastic at hydrating the body and replenishing your fluid intake. Tea contains catechins and polyphenols which help maintain elastin and keep skin hydrated for retains its healthy youthful look.
Tea being just pure H2O with that awesome tea flavor can replace any fluids you’ve lost through sweating. It also means that it’s fantastic for your skin and getting it hydrated quicker.
④ Clearer skin
Research into the active compounds in tea shows it has antimicrobial properties; these can help prevent pores from getting clogged with bacteria and turning into acne, meaning fewer breakouts.
⑤ Brighter, healthier skin
Tea contains antioxidants, which act as free radical scavengers; these can help prevent aging spots and maintain your skin’s bright, youthful glow. Tea contains antioxidants.
⑥ Better blood sugar regulation
By lowering the stress hormone cortisol, tea helps to improve blood sugar regulation. Better blood sugar control and less cortisol are key factors in slowing aging, including fewer wrinkles and less belly fat.
⑦ Weight control
Green tea helps kick start your metabolism, or simply that tea is a better substitute as a practically calorie-free drink as opposed to downing soft drinks to quench your thirst.
Plus you can’t add much to tea to give it extra calories. In addition to the metabolic benefits, many people find drinking tea helps curb their appetite and reduce snacking, thus making it easier to manage their weight. But, maybe, not quite the Kendall Jenner extreme.
If you find these reasons compelling and want to start drinking tea, I encourage you to try a variety of different teas, including white, green, oolong, or Pu-erh.
Many excellent specialty and premium teas are much better than plain ole’ grocery store teas — you may just come to love tea for its taste as much as for its benefits.