Tea has been around for thousands of years. It began has a medicinal remedy to help fortify and heal the body to fight off infections. And it is the second most consumed beverage in the world.
According to International Tea Committee Statistics the United States is the third largest tea importer in the world. Russia is first and Pakistan is second. National Hot Tea Day is celebrated on January 12th.
What can hot tea do for you?
- Drinking hot tea on a regular basis can keep your brain in tip-top shape.
- Studies have shown that due to the presence of the compounds L-theanine and caffeine, consuming tea produces cognitive benefits, such as mental clarity and attention control.
- Tea can counteract tiredness during the mid-day slump and improve your work performance.
- Tea supports cardiovascular health.
- Black tea can reduce blood pressure and hypertension in certain individuals.
- Green tea can help reduce the risk of certain types of cancers.
January is also the month that jump starts our New Year resolutions. As always they include the promise to eat better, exercise, and live a healthier lifestyle.
Benefits to adding loose leaf tea to your daily routine:
- Helps in the battle of the bulge by giving you energy.
- Increases your immunity to help fight a cold and flu.
- Promotes weight loss because of its high catechin content.
- Has thermogenic properties that can promote fat oxidation and can boost your metabolism to help you burn fat.
- Helps you look and feel better.
- Drinking three cups of black tea produces 5 x's the amount of germ-fighting cells to fight viral infections.
The best way to get all the benefits of tea is in its loose leaf form. Most tea bags are fannings and dust left behind during the manufacturing process of whole tea leaves. While tea bags are convenient, you may be sacrificing flavor and nutrients for convenience. The best way to get the full flavor of tea and all the wonderful natural health benefits it can provide is by consuming it in its natural loose leaf form.
Making loose leaf tea is just as easy as steeping a tea bag. All you need is tea, an infuser or tea filter, and hot water. Steeping loose leaf tea only takes 2-5 minutes. This is about the same amount of time a tea bag steeps.
And then there is the best reason of all, enjoying a hot cup of tea with friends. There's no people like tea people. Comparing tea flavor, origins, manufacturing processes, and trying something new without question. Loose leaf tea can stimulate all your senses and a hot cup of tea will also keep your secrets.
Kick off the new year with a new tea and enjoy your time with tea!