Drinking tea is one way in which you can boost your health in the new year.
Here’s what studies have revealed about the potential health benefits of various kinds of tea:
Green: Interferes with the growth of numerous cancers. Prevents clogging of the arteries. Burns fat. Counteracts stress on the brain. Reduces risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Reduces risk of stroke and improves cholesterol levels.
Black: Protects lungs from damage caused by cigarette smoke. Reduces stroke risk.
White: Contains potent anticancer properties.
Oolong: Lowers bad cholesterol levels.
Pu-erh: Prevents weight gain and lowers LDL cholesterol.
Just as the properties of tea leaves have numerous health benefits, the act of drinking tea itself is restful and relaxing.
In fact, in a recent study conducted by at City University London, British psychologists discovered that “the social psychological aspects of tea enhance the effects of its chemical make-up on our bodies and brains.”
Looking at the British context, because tea culture is so deeply ingrained in British tradition, many Brits have a culturally symbolic association with the act of drinking tea. It’s this association that has a calming effect on the body. “It’s possible that this culturally rooted, symbiotic function between mind and body explains why Britons instinctively turn to tea in times of need.”
How does this apply to non-Brits and Brits alike? Forming one’s own symbols, rituals, and culture around the act of drinking tea may create a refuge for the mind and body, a psychological safe place of sorts.
As Psychologist Malcom Cross of City University London states, "Put simply, the findings illustrate what most mothers would tell us: if you’re stressed, anxious or just feeling blue, make yourself a nice calming brew."
Taking a moment out of a busy day to stop, sip on tea and socialize with friends is a great way to calm the nerves and reboot.
A ritual at the core of several world cultures -- Chinese, Japanese, Argentine, British, and others -- make tea-drinking a ritual of your own this 2014 with Tea Station.
Written by Stephanie Karlik