on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 7:30:00 AM
For thousands of years, the native people of China have been enjoying
tea as both a beverage and as a medicinal drink. The leaves from the
tea plant (Camellia sinensis) are used to create internal balance and
stability to those who regularly enjoy its brew.
amounts of scientific studies being conducted, the health benefits of
tea are starting to be understood from a chemical and biological
perspective. All this new research has prompted thousands of new
articles with oftentimes conflicting and confusing titles. It can be
hard to separate out which tea is good for which condition because
headlines often contradict one another.
At Shang Tea, we certainly
realize that tea can be helpful when dealing with many short term
issues, but we encourage the incorporation of tea into daily life for
the long term balance that it can bring. Today we're going to look at
tea as a healthy life choice and a great help for internal harmony,
rather than a cure for a specific disease.
Tea is often viewed as a
tool to relieve short term health issues ranging from the flu/cold to
headaches to upset stomach, or as a way to quickly have an effect on
long term issues such as body fat, cancer, heart disease, or other
ailments. Oftentimes it is viewed as a miracle cure for any range of
health issues. Can tea be helpful or provide benefit for short term
issues? Sure, of course it can, but that being said when tea is viewed
solely as a medicine then the medical results are sure to disappoint.
you do not enjoy the tea that you are drinking, then you are much less
likely to establish a connection with it that would lead to regular
consumption. And regular consumption is important because it is this
long term commitment that will help you to slowly bring your body back
into balance both physically and mentally and will slowly allow your
body to learn how to utilize all the components of tea such as the
antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, and vitamins.
quality of your tea leaves is another important component when talking
about drinking tea for both taste and health. Teas grown at higher
elevation, in richer soil with higher quality water, and without the use
of chemical pesticides or fertilizers will taste better and make you
feel better. Oftentimes the best way to tell the quality of a tea is to
feel your body’s reaction to it. If the tea makes your throat dry and
scratchy or if it upsets your stomach, then you might want to think
twice about continuing to drink that tea, your body is trying to giving
you some signs that the tea is not having a good impact on you.
while we certainly think the most recent scientific endeavors in the
U.S. and China have shown white tea to have the highest levels of
antioxidant levels, anti-inflammatory properties, and vitamins, that
does not mean you should always drink white tea or continue to drink
white tea if you do not enjoy it. Nor does that mean that all grades of
white tea are better for you than other categories such as green tea,
black tea, etc. Lower quality, low elevation white teas will not have
the same quality as high mountain grown white teas. Strive to make a
connection with those from whom you purchase tea to ensure that the
quality and production methods are top notch.
Tea is more than
just a healthy beverage, it is a delicious drink that brings harmony in
all aspects of life. If you enjoy tea and incorporate other healthy
aspects into your life such as eating well, exercising, and getting a
good night’s rest, then the medicinal aspect with naturally follow. And
make sure you focus on how the tea makes you feel rather than what the