Tea does a body and soul good.
I find that the older I get, the more I appreciate the flavor of tea, and green tea especially. Green tea, as well as its contemporaries like matcha, has a very natural, earthy taste. It’s definitely one you have to acquire, but once you do, it’s a very relaxing flavor, great for enjoying on a sunny porch. While it may come down to a matter of taste, I certainly prefer green tea to the likes of coffee, not only based on its flavor, but its potential health benefits.
For one thing, green tea is a treasure trove of antioxidants. This means that not only is it good for the usual oxidizing concerns like heart disease and stroke prevention, it’s also great for your skin. Studies have shown that increased consumption of green tea generally improves the quality of one’s skin and nails, and even lessens the impact of conditions like psoriasis.
If you’ve already suffered a heart attack or stroke in your life, additional studies have suggested that regular consumption of green tea can actually help you to recover from them more quickly. One study observed those who had survived a stroke and drank at least seven cups of green tea in a day regularly showed a 62% reduction in death risk, with similar statistics for heart attack survivors. Besides the more in-depth stuff, green tea is also good for your cognitive state. With a combination of a little natural caffeine and the amino acid l-theanine, it simultaneously relaxes and energizes, helping to put you in a healthier mental state and stay calm.
So if you’re feeling a little stressed, put up your feet and have yourself a nice cup of tea. Take a long sip and feel that warm breeze.