Where does one begin? Tea is known for it’s high antioxidants, it may reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke, it can help with weight loss, it can help protect your bones and it can keep your smile bright. But, which one do we drink, you ask? There are millions of different types of teas around the world, some you know, and some you’ve never heard of or even thought about consuming (think Awabancha, Kukicha, Pocha, Panda Dung Tea, and the coolest Chóng shǐ chá (蟲屎茶), which is literally ‘insect droppings tea’. It’s made by feeding a particular species of caterpillar pu-erh tea and collecting their droppings. It’s rather expensive, and tastes almost exactly like dirt. Not in the “oh, it tastes earthy” sense, but the “I just ate dirt” sense). I can get into extensive details in another post if your interested? For now, lets start simple and effective!
Black tea, you know it, you’ve tasted it, you love it! It’s sold in every country around the world, it’s sold in Artisanal shops and Tim Horton’s so there is no excuse for you not to drink it. A UCLA study found black teas help increase the good gut bacteria which can help you lose weight, it is relaxing and can lower your cortisol levels (the stress hormone) which helps with anxiety and irritability which leads to a lower risk of abdominal fat, arthritis pain and heart disease. AMAZING!
Green Tea, you know it, you’ve probable tasted it before and again it’s sold everywhere. Just one cup daily can reduce your risk of Breast cancer by almost 33%. It can cut your odds of developing lung, ovarian and colon cancers thanks to it’s unique antioxidant called catechins. Catchins are thought to help stop cancer tumour growth and protect your cells from damage.
Studies from Canada’s Douglas Hospital Research Centre suggest regularly drinking Black and Green tea can help protect you from age related diseases, like Alzheimer’s disease, thanks to their anti-inflammatory compounds that protect your neurons from damage.