The Incredible Health Benefits of Tea: Why You Should Drink More Tea This Winter to Boost Your Immune System and Stay Warm
The origins of tea go back to ancient China, where the ‘tea plant’ (also known as Camellia sinensis) was discovered almost 5,000 years ago. Though there are many different types of tea today, what we consider real or true tea is the one coming from the tea plant. This includes white, green, black, oolong, and pu-erh tea.
Today, tea is one of the most popular beverages on the planet. So much so that Americans consumed 84 billion servings of tea in 2019. But tea is not just a delicious warming drink — it’s also one of the healthiest, with plenty of healing, soothing, and alleviating properties.
Read on to discover the many amazing health benefits of tea, its effect on your immune system, and why you should drink loose leaf tea in the cold winter months.
The Many Incredible Health Benefits of Tea
At Sencha Tea Bar, we think of tea as nature in a cup. Whether you love to blend different herbs or prefer a single type of tea, as soon as the tea leaves and florets start releasing their flavors, you’ll feel a sense of inner calmness.
Drinking tea is a soothing daily ritual for those who love discovering new flavors and getting a little closer to nature and all the benefits she has to offer.
Here are some of the many incredible health benefits of tea:
Rich in Antioxidants Such as Polyphenols and Catechins
Tea, especially black, green, and white tea, is rich in antioxidants like polyphenols and catechins that help fight inflammation and free radicals in the body.
Polyphenols are plant compounds that help protect the cells from oxidative damage, helping lower the risk of cancer and heart disease. Catechins (specifically epigallocatechin-3-gallate or EGCG) are polyphenols that help reduce inflammation and stress, thus lowering the risk of chronic illnesses, diabetes, and cognitive decline.
Can Boost Your Energy and Revitalize Your Body
Tea varieties that contain caffeine can help boost your energy levels and increase brain power. Black and dark tea have the highest caffeine content with around 37 milligrams of caffeine, with green tea as a close second. However, there are matcha tea varieties that are packed with caffeine as well, containing around 130 milligrams per serving.
Can Boost Your Immune System and Help Fight Cold and Flu
What’s the first thing you think of when you’re coming down with a cold? A cup of nice, soothing, warming tea to soften your sore throat and keep you hydrated.
Tea can also boost your immune system and re-energize your body, especially in combination with other immune-boosting ingredients like lemon, ginger, and honey.
Can Improve Cardiovascular Health
Drinking tea regularly may help reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular problems. This is mainly due to the polyphenols and antioxidants in black and green tea that help keep the cells healthy and improve the function of the blood vessels.
Drinking Tea for Winter Health and Wellness
We associate drinking tea with fall and winter time when all you want to do is stay at home under a blanket with a warm beverage in hand. But there’s a reason why tea is best enjoyed warm and freshly brewed: hot water helps release all the flavors and benefits in the tea leaves and flowers.
The ideal temperature of water for tea is between 140°F and 212°F (60°C and 100°C), depending on the tea type. If you want to add lemon juice and honey, wait until the tea has cooled down a bit as hot water can destroy the health benefits of these immune-boosting ingredients.
The Best Teas To Drink in the Winter
In the winter months, staying warm and toasty is important for your physical and mental wellbeing. Make it a habit to drink a cup of immune system booster tea that can soothe a sore throat and help calm down the nerves.
Some of the best tea varieties to drink in the winter include:
Cinnamon Tea: With its strong anti-inflammatory, medicinal, and healing properties, cinnamon tea makes for a perfect wintertime beverage. It can soothe a sore throat, boost your immune system, and help reduce inflammation in the body.
You can order our Cinnamon tea here.
Lavender Tea: Lavender buds have calming properties that can help reduce stress, anxiety, irritation, and sleep problems. Drinking lavender tea before bed can help you sleep better and wake up more refreshed in the morning.
You can order our Lavender tea here.
Ginger Turmeric Tea: Ginger and turmeric have powerful anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties. Whether you add them fresh to your tea or make a ginger-turmeric tea with lemon, drink this tea whenever you feel a lack of energy, nausea, or muscle tension.
You can order our Ginger Turmeric tea here.
Chamomile Tea: Chamomile flowers are the main ingredient of this tea with calming properties for your mind and body. Chamomile tea can help improve your sleep, soothe your nervous system, and help treat symptoms of cold and flu.
You can order our Chamomile tea here.
Immune-Boosting Add-Ins To Add To Your Winter Tea
Some tea drinkers love their tea pure and strong; others prefer a sweeter tea with a zesty lemon or lime kick. Whichever flavor is your cup of tea, here are some great immune system booster add-ins you can stir into your cuppa:
- Fresh lemon or lime juice
- Fresh ginger
- Fresh turmeric
- Organic honey or maple syrup
- Apple cider vinegar
- Cinnamon sticks or ground cinnamon
- Fresh mint leaves
- Cardamom, star anise, or cloves
- Milk of choice
- Bourbon, brandy, or rum
Mix it up and enjoy!
Drink Tea To Stay Warm and Healthy All Winter Long
With winter fast approaching, a cup of warm, aromatic tea with your favorite sweetener is just what you need to stay warm, cozy, and healthy.
Whether you love herbal tea blends or prefer black tea with a slight caffeine kick, you can find the perfect tea for you at Sencha Tea Bar.
Get ready for the cold winter months with our Sencha Tea Bar Starter Kits and discover your new favorite Sencha tea today!