Tea is the most popular beverage. It is enjoyed by the rich and the poor, the bourgeoisie and the intellectuals, irrespective of their country of origin, their culture or language. It is the taste, the sweet aroma, and the fragrance that has made tea world’s most popular drink for decades.
Invented in china, tea has made its journey the world over much due to the trading by the British East India Company who had colonies set up all over. After their downfall, tea has become a profitable trade in most countries. Traditional beliefs stated that tea has several beneficial effects on health. It has several medicinal properties. However, researches done of late have indeed confirmed the medicinal properties of tea.
What makes this drink beneficial?
Tea has high quantities of antioxidants like polyphenols and catechins, which are much more powerful than other antioxidants like vitamin C or vitamin E. They prevent the free radicals to damage our body by harmful oxidation reactions. Tea is an important medicine, which helps to prevent cancer, artery blockage, and cures damaged heart.
One of the most important properties of tea is its effect on aiding weight reduction.
What is obesity?
It is a disease recognized by the World Health Organization as disease of epidemic proportions. Poor lifestyle, unhealthy eating habits, lack of body movements, and unnecessary stress are the primary causes that have increased obesity among people.
Tea has several properties that aid in weight reduction. Several varieties of tea like the white tea, green tea and oolong tea have weight reducing properties. Caffeine is present in small quantities in tea. It is proven that along with the catechins caffeine aids in weight reduction by using up the extra calories and fat burning. Green tea is the most beneficial tea. It helps to reduce weight and its impetus is much more than white tea. Weight reduction is possible by increasing the expenditure of stored fats and calories and preventing excess calories from entering. Green tea has the property that can increase the metabolism of the body. A higher metabolism level increases the expenditure of calories. Also it prevents excess calories to enter the body. Green tea affects the digestion system. It reduces the absorption of calories by the intestine. As a result the calories are removed through excretion. Oolong tea which has a color in between the green tea and the white tea also have similar properties to reduce weight.
It has been seen that people who drink regularly 7-10 cups of tea everyday have a better health, a fitter body and are leaner. It is advisable to follow this routine to lose excess weight:
- Every morning drink a cup of tea to start your day. It would do no harm if you drink excess tea in the morning.
- Eat a proper and nutritious breakfast
- This will ensure that your body has the necessary supplements. You will not feel hungry and this will prevent you from over eating
- Eat slowly and relish the taste. We over eat most of the time because we eat too fast and do not enjoy eating. Slow eating will help you top know when you have had enough.
- Go for workout regularly. This is important to reduce weight. You can have almost 10 cups of tea everyday. Apart from weight reduction this will benefit you in many other ways.