10 REASONS TO DRINK TEA
1. To Wake Up
Depending on the kind of tea you drink, an 8 oz. cup of tea can have up to 120 mg of caffeine. Black tea has the most caffeine, followed by green.
2. To Calm Down
Not only can chamomile tea help you fall asleep, but researchers at the University of Pennsylvania discovered that it can also help relieve anxiety.
3. To Soothe Your Stomach
Teas made from peppermint and ginger are both known for their stomach-calming properties.
4. To Lower Your Blood Sugar
Green, black, and white tea can all help bring blood sugar down, which is often used along with black tea as an ingredient in chai.
5. To Help Prevent Heart Disease and Cancer
Studies have show that green tea — widely held as the reigning champion of teas when it comes to health benefits — might help prevent both cancer and heart disease thanks to the tea's awesome antioxidants, which are called catechins.
6. To Get Warm (or Cool Down)
Drinking a big mug of tea will raise your body temperature. Put it on ice, and it makes a great summertime thirst quencher.
7. To Keep a Bright Smile
Researchers have found that drinking tea can reduce your risk of periodontal disease. Yes, it's true that tea can also stain your teeth, but if you stick to lighter teas like green, that's less likely to happen.
8. To Get Flavor Without Calories
From tropical fruits to wintry spices, from delicate jasmine to the classic black, green, white, and oolong, tea comes in a variety of flavors and has pretty much no calories to speak of.
9. To Wean Yourself Off of Coffee
If you want to kick the coffee habit but aren't looking forward to the ensuing withdrawal headaches and cranky, yawning mornings, switch your mug of java for a mug of tea for a while to step yourself down slowly.
10. To Socialize
Whether you plan a fancy afternoon tea party (with potluck finger foods, perhaps?) or just meet a friend for a cup of tea, drinking tea is a great way to catch up with friends.