• Rich in Antioxidants -- which are substances that can prevent or slow damage to cells caused by free radicals, unstable molecules that the body produces as a reaction to environmental and other pressures. They are sometimes called “free-radical scavengers.”
• Flavonoids – are plant-based phytonutrients found in tea, wine, cocoa, fruit and vegetables. Tea Flavonoids help maintain normal blood vessel function. Black, Green, Oolong, and white teas all contain between 100 to 300 mg of flavonoids per serving.
• L-Theanine -- a unique amino acid that significantly increases activity in the alpha frequency band in your brain which indicates that it relaxes the mind without inducing drowsiness. Black teas average 24 mg and green teas average 8 mg per cup.Regular Tea Drinking Benefits: • Aids in proper hydration. • Improves focus and concentration.
• Helps maintain a positive mood throughout the day.
• Naturally calories free and when consumed regularly or in place of high-calorie beverages, may help manage weight.
• Three or more cups of tea per day may help maintain cardiovascular health.
• Help maintain healthy blood pressure.
• Recommended to help maintain a healthier lifestyle along with a balanced diet and exercise.
More than ever, we need rituals in our lives.
In Eastern and Western cultures, making tea has been considered a vital tradition.
Let’s take a moment to learn how to create your own tea ritual to cherish and enjoy!
We’re talking about real, loose-leaf tea which captivates your attention, invigorates your spirit, and nourishes your body; tea which reminds us of our intimate connection to nature, invites us to slow down, and snaps us back to the present moment.
We are searching for a more intrinsic basis to our happiness which comes from tapping into our resources of discipline, determination and focus, enhancing our productivity and creativity, and realizing our goals. More than ever, we use our rituals to nail down our intentions, exploiting those calm, undisturbed moments of clarity in each day when we can take a look at the bigger picture.
Tea Time Ritual Cultivating the ritual of tea drinking and incorporating it into your day can have powerful effects like yoga or meditation. You must invest time and effort to learn to fully appreciate the aesthetics of the tea ceremony; the visual appearance, the delicate fragrances before and after steeping, the various phases of flavor which glimmer across your tongue, and the sensation as you breathe out and bask in the aftereffects. Enjoying alone, tea can put you in a frame of mind akin to that of a mediation session; shared with friends, the experience can be one of profound bonding—without the artifice of alcoholic intoxicants.
Your tea ceremony doesn’t have to be a three-hour session on a remote mountain top. If you have a kettle and some tea ware, a mere ten minutes can be all it takes.
Furthermore, the physical health benefits of drinking tea are virtually undisputed across the Eastern and Western medical worlds. Loaded with nutrients, bioactive compounds, polyphenols and antioxidants such as flavonoids and catechins, tea is believed to boost your metabolism, reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and ward off cancer.
But the Camellia sinensis has another magic trick up its sleeve. The powerful combination of a gentle dose of caffeine with the amino acid known as L-Theanine is what gives tea drinkers that slow-burning boost of focus and energy, without any of the jittery caffeine-fueled buzzing highs and drowsy lows that coffee lovers experience. L-Theanine prompts an increase in dopamine levels—the happy hormone—and Alpha brain waves, which has the effect of relaxing the mind and body, relieving anxiety and promoting a sense of well-being, all the while amplifying your ability to concentrate and sharpening your senses.
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