Runner’s Zen: Leafy Greens…or Blacks…or Whites…Tea!!

With the coming of the cooler weather, I’ve starting drinking more warm beverages. I’ve been seeing a lot of people talking about Pumpkin Spice Latte’s from specialty coffee shops, but drinks like that are too sweet for my liking. Lately I’ve been turning to a nice warm cup of tea. I made a trip to the mall to pick up some loose leafed tea, and while I was there I got to wondering about the benefits of the different types of teas. There’s green tea, black tea, white tea; many different kinds of tea and I pretty much love all of them.

When I got home, I researched the benefits of tea! Why is tea good for you? What makes it different from other beverages? I know that I don’t add anything to my tea and it’s perfect, but what do other people tend to add to their tea? I learned that agave nectar is a popular sweetener in tea as well as honey. I like the fact that people tend to use natural sweetener when drinking tea.

Personally, my favourite tea store is David’s Tea. They have a wide variety of different types of tea, and the staff there are very knowledgeable on their products. You’re able to see, smell and even sample a tea before you commit to purchasing.

Here are some fun facts about tea that you may not have known:

Green Tea
Green tea is rich in polyphenols which are powerful antioxidants. Besides inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, they help kill cancer cells without harming healthy tissues. It’s also been shown to help lower LDL cholesterol and inhibit the formation of blood clots, which decreases chances of stroke or heart attack. Source here.

Black Tea
There has been studies proving that increased black tea consumption results in a decrease of cardiovascular disease. It also has an abundance of antioxidants in it which, like green tea, helps to reduce the risk of cancer and could help with the treatment of brain injury and hearing loss!
Source here.

White Tea
White tea is also full of antioxidants like the first two teas, and it also helps with heart protection by thinning the blood, lowering blood pressure, and reducing cholesterol. Researchers have shown that people who drink more than two cups of tea per day were 50 percent less likely to die from a heart attack. It also showed that people who drank tea regularly had greater bone density than people who don’t (YAY strong bones!).
Source here.

Herbal Tea
Herbal teas obviously have several different kinds of herbs in them. I’m not going to go through a ton of the different herbs,
but click here to find the common ones and their health benefits as well!

Rooibos (“Roy Boss”) Tea
I love rooibos tea, and this may be why: rooibos tea helps aid the liver tissue regeneration after prolonged intoxication. It helps liver disease and potentially has therapeutic effects for respiratory ailments. For a full list of how rooibos tea can help,
click here for the source I used.

Random Facts
– The antioxidants found in tea help protect your body from the effects of pollution.
– Tea contains fluoride that helps give you a beautiful smile.
– Tea is calorie free, so when you find a sweet tea, it will help curb sugar cravings

Tea is a wonderful drink to help boost your health! I would highly recommend visiting your local tea shop and checking out all of your options to find your favorite!

If you’re a tea drinker already, what’s your favorite type of tea? Do you have a favorite flavor? Any recommendations on what I should try next?

Until next time – Stay healthy!

Sarah xo

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