“Tea began as a medicine and grew into a beverage.”

~Okakura Kakuzō

It’s time to put down that cup of coffee and switch to something much healthier..

After numerous studies, it is official that tea is amazing for your health!

There are four kinds of tea varietals out there: green, black, white, and oolong.

While green and black tea have been shown to have the greatest health benefits, white and oolong tea are not far behind.

There is a reason why tea traditions have been so widely spread and even considered sacred in some parts of the world like China, Japan, and Korea.

Even the British admit to not being able to get anything done before their morning tea!

Let’s take a look at a few reasons why you should give coffee’s healthy alternative cousin a try:

1. Helps protect you from various diseases, including cancer! 

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Drinking tea has been shown to reduce the risk of heart attack, and help protect you against other cardiovascular and degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.

The polyphenols in green tea help maintain and protect the parts of the brain that control memory and learning.

The antioxidants in tea have even been said to help protect you against various types of cancer including  breast, colon, colorectal, skin, lung, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, pancreas, liver, ovarian, prostate and oral cancers.

It is not suggested that tea is a miracle drug that cures cancer, but it does contain cancer-fighting vitamins and minerals.

2. Keeps you hydrated.

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Despite the traces of caffeine, drinking tea actually keeps you hydrated!

Some research says that tea is even better for you than water!

We drink water to rehydrate. Tea on the other hand, rehydrates you, AND is filled with extra healthy antioxidants that benefit your body!

For those of you who find water too bland, drink some tea instead!

3. Boosts exercise endurance. 

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The antioxidants in tea, otherwise known as catechins, especially in green tea, increase the bodies ability to burn fat and turn it into fuel!

As mentioned before, it also helps with hydration which results in improved muscle endurance and longevity!

Many people who are trying to loose a little weight or get into shape drink green tea on a regular basis to boost their physical performance.

Next time before your morning run, try to have a cup of hot green tea before.

You’ll be hydrated and feeling energized!

4. Provide protection from ultraviolet rays. 

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Studies have shown that green tea actually helps counteract the damage done by over exposure to ultraviolet rays.

The antioxidants in green tea help return your body back to normal at a faster pace.

Next time you get a sun burn, make yourself a nice cup of green tea and also place a COLD wet green tea bag on your burn.

You’ll be feeling back to your un-burnt self in no time.

5. Helps fight bad breath. 

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Black tea has actually been proven to help warn off bad breath!

The polyphenols in the tea slow down the production of the plaque-causing bacteria that causes us to have stinky breath.

So put those awful breath mints away and solve the root of your problem, drink up!

6. Helps you sleep better.

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Unlike coffee, which could accidentally keep you up for hours past your bed time, tea has actually been shown to help you sleep better!

There are so many kinds of delicious caffeine-free teas to enjoy before bed like chamomile, ginger, mint, lemon, and many more.

The warmth and the antioxidants of the tea relax your body, sooth your mind, and allow your body to slow down.

They even make “sleepy time” tea which has additional natural elements in it that help you sleep deeper and better.

7. Afternoon Tea!

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What can be better than having an excuse to sit down, relax, chat with some friends, eat some delicious treats, and pretend your’re in Victorian England!

There are various tea rituals from all around the world.

Close your eyes and take a mental trip to the lush gardens of Japan with some soothing green tea.

Sit in the gardens of Versailles and drink a cup of black tea with Marie Antoinette.

Find a ritual that fascinates you and give it a try!

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“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”

~Henry James