Ditch the Pop….Benefits of Tea!

So I used to be a big pop drinker (or soda, or whatever you call it). Even if you just drink diet, it’s not only bad for you, but can keep you from shedding that extra weight. I got on a “tea kick” and since then have rarely had pop to drink. I’ve even cut back on coffee. Regular tea may not have as much caffeine as coffee, but it’s other benefits make it so you don’t really need the extra caffeine.

I discovered Teavana’s steeping method of loose leaf tea. It is a little pricier than buying teabags, but you get more flavor and nutritional benefits from the loose leaf tea. All of their kettles, tumblers, and teapots come with infuser baskets, that make it easy. I purchased their tumbler for work and it keeps the tea hot (not warm, hot) for 6 hours! Steeping only takes about 2-6 minutes, depending on the type of tea you’re brewing.

tumbler                                      teamaker

For home I have an electric tea kettle to warm my water to the appropriate temperature, and I use the Teavana Perfect Tea Maker, which drains the tea directly into your mug. It’s easy to use and easy to clean.

Some Benefits of Tea (there’s A LOT, so I’m going to shortly summarize…):

Green Tea – The biggest benefit of green tea is the amount of flavonoids, which is a plant-derived antioxidant. This can help in the prevention of cancer and heart disease. It also has an abundant supply of catechins, which is a food source that also have disease-fighting properties. These are more prevalent in loose leaf tea, and are brought out in the steeping process. Green tea, along with other types of tea,  is also shown to lower LDL levels (bad cholesterol) and raise HDL levels (good cholesterol). I have genetically high cholesterol, and ever since I switched to tea, it has dropped down into the normal range! It’s great for diet purposes as well, because it helps boost your metabolism.

Mate Tea – This is probably my favorite tea, because it has about the same amount of caffeine as coffee! It actually has more (90% more) antioxidants than green tea, along with immune-boosting properties.  It is also known to enhance mood and focus, enhance endurance, aid in digestion and weight control, and supports the cardiovascular system.

There is also black tea, white tea, and oolong tea – which are also a healthier option. They also provide antioxidant and cardiovascular benefits. White tea has antioxidants which get rid of free radicals in the skin, which can help prevent acne and signs of aging. Oolong tea contains antioxidants with several awesome benefits – healthy skin, healthy bones and tooth decay prevention, weight management, diabetes prevention and stress management.

Some of my favorites:

Teavana – There are SO many flavors and blends to choose from. You can even create your own! My favorites are:  Moroccan Mint Green Tea, Peachberry Jasmine Sutra Green Tea, CoCo Caramel Sea Salt Herbal Tea, Zingiber Ginger Coconut Roobios tea (my fave!), Tropica Roobios Tea, Youthberry Wild Orange Blossom Blend, MateVana Herbal Tea, and Raspberry Riot Lemon Mate Tea. These are only the ones I’ve tried…check out their website for a bunch of fun flavors and accessories! http://www.teavana.com

Argo Tea –  I NEED to stop at Argo Tea every time I have a layover at Chicago O’Hare Airport. There aren’t any stores here in Dallas, so I buy this online. I’ve had the Pomegranate White Tea and the Armenian Mint Green Tea, which are both awesome. It’s cheaper than Teavana, but there’s a smaller selection of flavors to choose from. http://www.argotea.com

I would also like to say that Aveda (yes, the salon) carries probably my favorite tea of all. They have it available in tea bags, as well as loose leaf. It has a great flavor, and no sweetener is needed! Only downfall is that it’s caffeine free, which doesn’t bother me unless I’m needing a little energy boost! http://www.aveda.com/products/5210/body/tea/index.tmpl

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