Why tea is healthy and refreshing
Working from home in these tough times we are drinking tea by the gallon and not just ‘builder’s’ but the whole range of herbal and fruit infusions that are so popular. We love tea whether it's to kick-start the working from home day, take five in a breakout moment or as our afternoon cuppa.
The quintessential office tea round represents a social element in the workplace and boosts camaraderie as well as healthy and wellbeing. Today we find this has been replaced by Zoom type virtual meetings where you dial in with your cuppa in hand!
No matter what the weather, and if we are happy or sad, or needing support as we do right now during COVID-19, there is nothing quite like a cup of tea to make you feel a bit better. In fact it is officially the UK’s top drink; a refreshing and tasty beverage that can be served iced or hot.
But its benefits go far beyond thirst quenching and refreshment. Expert advice shows that drinking tea can actually boost your health and wellbeing. And we all need to take if ourselves in this pandemic. At the very least, it’s a flavoursome way of getting enough fluid into your body each day. On top of that, research suggests that teas can help protect your teeth and your heart, as well as possibly even helping to stave off more serious conditions.
Which type of tea you drink can make a bit of difference. All non-herbal teas are made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. The amount of time the leaves are processed determines whether you end up with a green, black or oolong tea. The green teas are the least processed and tend to have the highest amounts of polyphenols, and the only type that contain the polyphenol, catechin, which is why many studies have been done using only green teas. Certain herbal teas are known for their medicinal values, including soothing the digestive system.
Tea health benefits
Tea contains antioxidants, which work to prevent the body’s version of rust and so help to keep us young and protect us from damage from pollution.
Tea has less caffeine than coffee! Herbal blends have no caffeine, while traditional teas have less than 50 percent of what typically is found in coffee. This means you can consume it without pesky effects on your nervous system.
Tea can also help boost the immune system. Studies have shown tea can tune up immune cells so they reach their targets quicker.
Herbal teas soothe the digestive system. Herbal teas, in particular chamomile, can be good for people with irritable bowel syndrome because it is antispasmodic. It is well known that peppermint and ginger teas calm nausea.
Tea — unadulterated, that is — is calorie free. It’s a great no-calorie alternative to water. It provides so many options for flavour and versatility. You can have it hot or ice cold. And you don’t have to put anything in it, though you might want to add a cinnamon stick or some ginger. That means you’re able to hydrate with something other than water alone.
Instant hot taps
Whatever your favourite brew, ditch the old-fashioned kettle and turn to a KettleTap. Instant boiling water and no waiting time to re-boil or constantly re-fill wasting mains water and your time! A round of teas made for the family in seconds!
As we end another week of lockdown, time to make another cuppa using a fab KettleTap(of course) before it’s gin & tonic time.