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It's tea time - health benefits

It’s tea time – health benefits

| On 04, Nov 2013

It’s coffee’s more relaxed and health-conscious cousin and it’s time for the two of you to become friends!

Following the introduction of businesses like T2 and Skinnymetea detox, tea is becoming more and more renowned for the delicious benefits it can bring about in health and fitness.

With the summer months creeping in, DIY iced teas can be a great way to stay refreshed and hydrated.

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First thing’s first, what are the different types of tea and what benefits they can bring me?

Black tea: Black tea is the most common and is used in teas like chai and the basic black tea bags you buy in store. It contains the highest amount of caffeine and is also packed with antioxidants to aid in preventing strokes and lowering cholesterol.

White tea: White tea usually has a very light and mild flavour with a very low amount of caffeine, making it a relaxing and soothing choice. Some studies show that white tea has the most anti-cancer properties and it is known for its natural sweetness.

Green tea: Green tea is the most widely studied and appreciated tea when it comes to health benefits. Studies show the antioxidants in green tea can help to ward off different cancers and cardiovascular disease, as well as helping with general health and cleansing.

My personal favourite is Oolong tea, you can ask for it at any tea store and drink it cold or hot. Oolong has been linked to a range of weight-loss claims and thought to increase metabolism when a certain amount is consumed throughout the day. Try drinking 4 cups a day and you should see and feel results.

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Sweet green mint iced tea

Ingredients:

10 green tea bags (or flavoured green tea bags of your choice)

½ cup of fresh mint leaves

1/3  cup honey

½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

4 cups of boiling water

4 cups of cold water

Method:

  1. Leave tea bags and mint leaves to brew in the boiling water for 3 minutes
  2. Remove the tea bags and mint, add in the honey and stir until dissolved.
  3. Add the cold water and fresh lemon juice, then refrigerate for four hours or until cold.
  4. Drink with ice and fresh mint leaves and enjoy!

Tips:

-          Always add freshly squeezed lemon juice to your iced teas to help preserve the antioxidants and flavours.

-          Freeze some berries or fruit into your ice cubes and add them to the iced tea for an extra hit of flavour and fun.