Instead of downing cups of coffee to get you through the day, drink tea instead! Besides its useful caffeine content, tea has a wide range of health benefits that make it a wise addition to your regular diet.
Drinking tea can contribute to cardiovascular health, strengthening blood vessels and lowering cholesterol, as well as helping immunity by increasing your T cell content. (While some studies claim milk decreases the positive effects of tea, you can avoid this possible downside by adding soy milk products instead.)
Herbal teas are distinct in their content, made from a mix of plant components that include leaves, bark, flowers and grasses that add more flavor and health content than regular tea leaves. Woman’s Day magazine highlights some these herbal combinations and what they can best be used for. Some of the most popular and well-known are:
Chamomile: As an ingredient that can be found in many household fragrances and lotions, chamomile makes tea very flavorful and scented. This is best used as a soothing and sleep-inducing agent.
Peppermint: Peppermint leaves are strong in their flavor and scent as well, but serve mainly to counter gastrointestinal discomfort. The menthol can also clear throats and fight bad breath.
Orange Zest: Adding citrus to tea can actually enhance its health content. As a part of the orange that has a distinct tart taste, its vitamin content is great for strengthening the immune system.
If you’re looking for a great tea drink that’s hearty, healthy and tasty, try this combination:
- Steep your choice of tea in one cup of hot water. Green tea works particularly well in this recipe.
- Add a cup of Silk Original Soymilk.
- Stir in honey as a sweetener.
It’s quick and simple, and is a good source of protein from the soymilk, as well as antioxidants from the green tea and honey. The use of green tea can also give it a small kick of caffeine, should you need it. On a warm day, you can even make it chilled by adding a few ice cubes.
Tea time isn’t just about taking a break during the day to enjoy a sweet treat – it can become a regular and simple way to recharge your energy and take care of your body!
Source: Woman’s Day magazine
Last modified: September 29, 2009