Healthy Benefits of Drinking Tea

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A healthy lifestyle means getting plenty of exercise, eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep, and drinking healthier beverages. All your hard work to lose weight and live a healthier life can be undone if you drink beverages that add empty calories and preservatives to your body. Replacing coffee and soda with tea is one way to reduce the amount of sugar in your diet, lower your caffeine intake but still enjoy a warm or cold drink.

Teas contain antioxidants. These natural chemicals attach to and help to remove free radicals in your cells. Free radicals are a natural by-product of metabolism, but can cause cell damage. Free radicals contribute to cell damage in your organs and increase the rate of aging in your skin. Food and drinks that contain antioxidants can reduce the number of free radicals in your body. Teas contain powerful antioxidants, called flavan-3-ols, which can reduce the effects of harmful free radicals.

The flavan-3-ols (a.k.a. flavanols) in tea also support healthy blood cells, which are critical to transporting oxygen and nutrients to your cells and removing carbon dioxide and other waste products from your cells. The flavan-3-ols antioxidants in tea also help to protect your blood vessels from plaque build-up that can lead to atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries. Tea also helps to reduce LDL cholesterol, or the “bad” cholesterol, which can cause hardening of your arteries. Hardened arteries causes high blood pressure and may contribute to heart disease.

Improving the health of your arteries, promoting healthy blood cells, and reducing bad cholesterol in your body promote heart health. Tea helps promote unimpeded blood flow by helping to keep your arteries free of blockage by plaque build-up caused by high cholesterol. Free flow of blood to your heart muscle helps keep it healthy. Antioxidants, especially flavan-3-ol antioxidants, may even help reduce the risk of heart attacks.

Cell damage caused by high levels of toxins and free radicals in your cells may result in certain types of cancer. Flavan-3-ols antioxidants found in tea are a powerful tool in the fight against cancer by preserving cell health and encouraging healthy cell growth.

Your immune system fights off disease by attacking bacteria and viruses that enter your body. Disease and organ damage can result if your immune system is weak. Your immune system can be affected by the foods and beverages you consume. Much of your immune system is found in your digestive tract. Tea helps to support your immune system by removing free radicals that damage your cells.


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