Thursday, 27 January 2011

Thoughtful Thursday: Tea is it good for you?


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It's the time of year when many people's minds turn to their health and wellbeing. We at Dormouse are all for positive wellbeing, we find a lovely jam and cream scone does wonders for our mental health. But what about actual proven benefits from drinking tea?

Recent studies into green tea for example have linked it to warding off Cancer and protecting against Alzheimers but did you know that even most people's normal everyday cuppa can help their health?

Both black and green teas are full of antioxidants which help protect your body from free radicals (these are molecules that damage your cells and have been linked to ageing or causing cancer). Tea can also help keep you hydrated and will rehydrate your body as effectively as a glass of water and counts towards your recommended 1.5 litres a day

Tea also has beauty benefits directly applied to the skin. You can make a s
oothing spritzer
by steeping 100g of loose green tea in half a litre of still mineral water at room temperature for at least one hour. The liquid can be used to freshen up the face, to treat spots and blemishes, and sooth tired eyes.
Don't forget your hair either, rinsing your hair with black tea helps darken the hair and add shine to it. Brew two cups of black tea and rinse dampened shampoo hair. The tea rinse also helps increase bulk of hair, slows down hair fall and enhances hair growth.
Finally if you are looking to shed a few pounds tea might be able to help. Tea accelerates the weight loss process by boosting the body's metabolism rate and also blocks the fattening effects of carbohydrates. Tannin in the tea also looks after the digestive tract.
With less than 75% caffeine than the average cup of coffee it's fine to sip up to four cups a day. Bottoms up!
For more information on the health benefits of tea visit www.tea.co.uk