Put on another pot o’ tea; it’ll do you a world of good

By MEGAN SMITH

It’s soothing. It’s calming. And it’s good for you. From hot to cold, there are many ways to imbibe.

Welcome to the spiritual and relaxing properties of tea.

A simple glance at the tea aisle at any store may seem confusing, but don’t fret.

According to dietitian and Mount Mary College alumna Gigi Somers, herbal teas are derived from herbs while green, black and white teas are made from the plant camellia sinensis.

“There is a lot of research to point towards teas having positive health effects for your body,” Somers said.

“The white tea comes from the youngest bud, goes through the least processing and is supposed to have the highest amount of antioxidants… green tea has been shown in some studies to slow or prevent cancer.”

Renee Scampini, dietetics instructor at Mount Mary, recommends almost any tea, as long as it is unsweetened.

DSC_0226“Also, people should monitor their caffeine intake,” Scampini said. “Herbal teas, berry teas, mint, etc. are great non-caffeinated sources of non-sugary beverages.”

 

 

 

        

Japanese Green Tea

  • Packed with anitoxidants
  • Calms your nerves
  • Relaxes your mind
  • Clears puffy eyes
  • Relieves dark circles
  • De-stresses
  • Tones your skin
  • Kills germs

Pomegranate White Tea

  • Rich in antioxidants
  • Lowers blood sugar
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Helps strengthen bones
  • Good for the heart
  • Boosts immune system
  • Helps maintain stronger body and mind
  • Kills germs

Silver Yin Zhen Tea

  • Helps treat cold and flu symptoms
  • Relieves aches
  • Fights congestation
  • Helps protect your immune system

 Tranquil Dream Herbal Tea

  • Contains soothing chamomile
  • Relaxes your nerves
  • Calms your mind

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