Often a topic for debate, the common English cup of tea is often seen as the better choice over coffee because of differences in caffeine and the lack of addictive qualities that coffee can offer. But is tea really a better option? The Healthy Hideout decided to find our what makes tea tick:
Tea effects your health – Recent numerous studies show how regular tea drinking demonstrated a link between a reduction in heart attack risk, cholesterol levels and uric acid – a factor associated with diabetes and heart disease.
Five cups a day – Studies suggest that the flavonoids found in standard English teas can help to minimise the increase the in blood pressure caused by the natural occurrence of caffeine by up to 65%. Too much tea however can increase your blood pressure, so try to keep sensible at around 5 cups a day.
Don’ overdo it – It’s common knowledge that caffeine helps increase alertness and helps us to feel more awake, but it’s important to not intake too much. Keep it to below 5 cups a day – Anything above has been known to affect sleeping patterns.
Keeping hydrated – Caffeinated drinks such as tea and coffee are often related to dehydration. The intake of caffeine increases the blood flow to the kidneys, inhibiting the re-absorption of sodium, calcium and magnesium causing increased water secretion. Be sure to have a glass of water after a black coffee to keep well hydrated.
Watch your children – UK expert research has shown that the Canadian guidelines for caffeine intake with children are worth adhering to. Keep tea intake to nothing more than 2 small cups of tea a day, encouraging the intake of water instead.
To summarise, tea is generally quite good for you within moderation. If you need a relaxing hot drink without the caffeine, it’s worth looking into the herbal options available. The Healthy Hideout touched on herbal teas in a previous article which can be found here: http://www.divapor.com/blog/2010/11/6-top-teas-the-real-wonder-drink/