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More Reasons To Drink Tea – With Science!

Lately, I have had a few people come to me saying, “Hey, look, a scientific article as to why we should be drinking tea!”   Normally, I must admit, I am a bit skeptical about that.   So many articles are based off of non-scientific information and a pop-science culture, that I sort of wave it off.

Well, I personally love following IFLScience.   Their articles, I feel, are hilarious, yet very informative.   After all, how many other places will show you fun things like how much of various substances will kill you, like cherry pits?

My sister-in-law, Amanda, is just as obsessed, if not more so, with IFLScience (especially since she has such a strong science background with her physics degree from Kutztown University).   Recently, she went on my Facebook with a link and a note stating, “We already knew this but it is iflscience…”   I clicked the link and lo and behold, IFLScience posted an article entitled “Five Reasons To Put The Kettle On And Have A Cup Of Tea“.   Awesome!

One of the reasons, IFLScience, gives for people to drink tea, is the link to survival.   Imagine back in ye olden times, when tea was first discovered.   Things weren’t exactly… sanitary back then.   No running water, no plumbing, it wasn’t know what spread or caused diseases, so it was quite easily to die back then.   Tea, however, requires boiling water in order to drink.   Thus, many water-borne pathogens, like cholera and typhoid, would be killed in the boiling process and tea was safer to drink than, let’s say, just a glass of cool water.

Next, the effects that tea has on the brain.   We tea drinkers know that we are the mellow people of the beverage world.   Now science can support that we are alert up to two hours after drinking, and are calm to boot during the second hour.

I’ve written about the idea of green tea and weight loss, which I still advocate taking with a grain of salt.   IFLScience mentions studies as well.   I do advocate drinking green tea either way, but still say go get some exercise.

Another one that I would recommend taking with a grain of salt but do find interesting is the idea that tea might help with type 2 diabetes.   Those who drank three to four or more cups per day had a 16% lower risk of developing the disease, compared to those who only drank one or none.   While this was only shown in woman and those of Asian ethnicity, it is just interesting to note.   But much like the idea of weight loss and green tea, make sure to practice proper health and not rely on tea for your type 2 diabetes.

And finally, heart disease!   Same thing as above, but science did seem to show that both green tea and black tea significantly reduced blood pressure, and black tea lowered LDL cholesterol and green tea lowered all cholesterol.   Very nice!

I don’t think I need to tell you that, science or no science, I am still reaching for my cuppa and enjoying it regularly.   I hope you do as well!

Battling Illnesses With A Cuppa? Hold On There!

We all do it.   It’s something that we’ve probably grown up hearing that we should do, as a matter of fact.

“If you’re sick, grab a cup of tea and stay in bed.”

After all, we know about all the antioxidants and polyphenols that tea contains.   It would make sense that if our immune systems are battling the dark unknown, we should give it a boost of healthy supplements to get our T cells to win the war against our colds, flus, and general illnesses.

But, what if I told you that this is not necessarily the case?

“But Catherine, you write a whole blog dedicated to tea!   Surely you believe that tea has health benefits, which have been proven by scientific study after scientific study!”

Well, yes and no.

Just like I say at my Tea Love talks, I am NOT a doctor and would never dream of giving out medical advice.   However, as my talks became more popular, more and more people were asking about the health benefits of tea, and rightfully so.   Tea is proving to become more and more popular in the United States and is usually promoted for weight loss, dental health, cancer prevention (though the National Cancer Institute does not recommend for or against the use of tea to reduce the risk of any type of cancer due to inconclusive studies), and even diabetes management.   So in response, yes, I do touch upon a few medical studies that have been performed with tea, though never advocating for any particular use.

Global News reporter Rachel Lau recently published an article addressing the question if drinking tea really does help you when you are sick.

First, make sure that what you are drinking is healthy for you.   For example, those who might have certain mental illnesses might have to watch their caffeine intake.   All forms of tea, unless it specifies caffeine free (NOT decaffeinated, which does still contain trace amounts of caffeine), do contain caffeine.   By drinking without regarding the caffeine intake, you could be doing anything from packing on the caffeine right before bed to causing more serious health issues.

Second, never self-diagnose (I am terrible at this, so do not follow my example!).   If you think that drinking a certain tea might be beneficial, talk to your doctor first.   Some plants that you might use in your teas can cause more harm than good.

Third, be wary of the studies.   While yes, there are numerous studies for everything ranging from green tea to herbal teas, they are all new studies and some do not have the greatest controls.   So while, as the National Cancer Institute says, there are studies, most are new and some do not have the support of the medical community.

Overall?   Drink tea!   Love tea!   Worship tea!   But make sure you are drinking it for enjoyment or if you are cutting down on sugars and subbing tea instead, rather than drinking it to cure an illness like cancer.

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