Tea contains high concentrations of antioxidants called polyphenols, which may contribute to the prevention of cancer, osteoporosis, and cardiovascular diseases. While polyphenols are also found in abundance in fruits, vegetables, and grains—and also coffee —tea is uniquely rich in particular types of polyphenols called catechins that may be one of the most powerful antioxidants of all. The current research suggests drinking tea, particularly green tea, can fight diseases and even lengthen your lifespan.
- Tea helps to keep blood sugar at moderate levels
- Fights food-borne bacteria
- Enhances immune system function
- Promotes “friendly” bacteria in the gut
- Assists in weight loss by blocking the breakdown of starch
- Helps maintain the body’s fluid balance
- Reduces stress
Did you know?
- Brewing with hotter water results in more antioxidants in the tea.
- Steeping for three to five minutes is better than less time.
- Tea is the second most widely consumed drink in the world, after water.
- Tea is very easy to make.
Stomach Soother Recipe
For stomach aches or for those prone to digestive troubles:
2 teaspoons mint leaf
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
Pinch of dried ginger or a thin slice of fresh
Pour 1 cup of boiling water over it, steep, covered for 5 minutes. Strain and consume.
During pregnancy, this tea recipe can help nausea, digestive troubles and help strengthen the uterus. The nettle also provides Vitamin K, an essential nutrient for pregnancy and birth to help with clotting. This tea is delicious anytime, but especially during pregnancy.
4 cups Raspberry Leaf
1/2 cup Mint Leaf
1/4 cup Stevia Leaf
1 cup Nettle Leaf
Mix and use 1 tablespoon to brew by the glass or 1 cup to brew by the gallon. Add more or less Stevia to taste. Enjoy!