A daily cup of tea has lots of health benefits. Here’s how a daily cup of tea can be good for you, along with healthy teas you should try.
There are many health benefits to drinking tea. So what is the best way to get that daily cup?
As a general rule of thumb, the best way to get the most benefit from a daily cup of tea is to make it yourself. By choosing organic, fair-trade teas and using freshly steeped leaves, you may be giving your body all the nutrition it needs.
How much tea is a “cup”?
You can choose from a large variety of sizes for measuring tea. In the U.K. (the group of countries madly in love with the tea), a large cup of tea is about an eight-ounce glass or mug.
The best way to make sure you are drinking enough tea is to make it yourself. You can use any type of tea, but most people gravitate toward green tea because of its high antioxidant content. You can also buy tea bags and loose-leaf teas.
Green tea is considered a health food because of its higher level of antioxidants. High antioxidant levels help protect cells from damage. Green tea is thought to help prevent cancers, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s disease. Green tea also is a rich source of L-theanine, an amino acid with relaxing effects.
Flavoured tea also can be very good for you. One cup of tea has about 100 calories, so be mindful of how you use your tea to avoid overeating. People usually reach for this flavoured tea when they are stressed.
However, if you are drinking plain black tea, you can use a tea infuser to make two to three cups of tea in less than five minutes.
Keep in mind that herbal teas may have a flavour added. Some herbal teas may be very sweet, and because of the acidity of the tea, they may not be the best choice for people who are sensitive to sweet flavours.
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Some people enjoy a good cup of tea without drinking it hot. Infusions can help you stay hydrated without diluting the flavour. To make an infusion, you mix teabags with boiling water in a heat-proof cup. The tea can be steeped as long as you like, and can also be used in hot tea (for a fuller flavour) or hot cocoa.
You can also use this method to make a soothing herbal tea for a cold. Just bring a warm, wet tea bag and about a teaspoon of freshly steeped leaves (or leaves steeped in hot water) to a boil, remove it from the heat, and steep for five minutes. Remove the tea bag. Pour hot water over the tea leaves and steep for another five minutes. Remove the tea bag. Rinse the leaves and rinse the cup. Pour hot water over the leaves and steep for five minutes.
Tea infusions can be very soothing. Place the cup in a draft-free spot and take a long sip.
A good cup of tea
Making tea can be simple, or you can go all out and make a fine cup of tea.
Before you start, think about what you want to brew, the type of tea, and the flavour. If you are making a tea blend, see if you have your favourite teas on hand.
Here are some tips for the perfect cup of tea:
No matter what kind of tea you like, there is always room for a little milk. A little sugar can be added if you like your tea sweeter, and even honey can make a good addition to a dark- or green-tea infusion.
Consider making a “Mocktail” tea, in which you make a dark- or green-tea infusion, but substitute club soda for the hot water. The result is a sweet, bubbly drink that has a hint of soda.
You can steep a tea bag in hot water or make an infusion by putting several tea bags or teabags in a cup with boiling water, keeping the tea bags saturated with water.
Stir the tea bag or tea bag or cups of tea several times to make sure they are saturated and to release their flavors.
The more ingredients you add to the tea, the stronger it will be.
Choose tea that has the right balance of caffeine and tannins. Darker teas have the most caffeine and tannins, while lighter teas have less caffeine.
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