Tea & Health
After a stressful day, many people reach for a cup of tea to help revive and lift their spirits. But does tea do more than just help you unwind? Well, there are lots of facts and theories surrounding tea.
What we do know is that with 45-70% of your body being made up of water, it's really important that you replace at least 2.5 pints of fluids you lose during a normal day to prevent dehydration. Tea is a tasty, refreshing alternative to water that can help towards your daily hydration target, as part of a healthy, balanced diet.
How else can tea help you?
Determined to lose weight?
Drank on its own, tea has no calories whatsoever, which makes it the perfect thirst-quenching drink if you are on a diet.
Love a winning smile?
Black tea and green tea are a great natural source of fluoride that can help prevent the build up of plaque on your teeth.
Fancy cutting down on caffeine?
It varies according to preparation methods, but roughly speaking, tea contains only half the amount of caffeine as instant coffee and just a third of that of filter coffee.
Want to cut caffeine out altogether?
Why not try fruit tea or herbal tea as both these deliciously aromatic drinks are naturally caffeine-free.
Taken with milk, just 4 cups of tea a day may help towards your recommended daily intake of calcium, zinc, Vitamin B2, folic acid, and Vitamins B1 and B6. Tea also contains manganese for general physical development and potassium to help maintain fluid balance.
Finally, studies from around the world suggest that taking a break and enjoying a relaxing cup of tea may also help maintain a healthy heart, when enjoyed as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle that includes plenty of exercise. Tea is rich in a particular type of anti-oxidants called 'flavonoids' which are thought to prevent the oxidation of 'bad cholesterol' in blood that can lead to the build up of plaque in your artery walls.
Tea never ceases to amaze and inspire us at Taylors of Harrogate. That's why we call it the perfect drink for mind, body and soul.