Spilling the Tea on Drinking Tea

It’s time for tea to steal the spotlight! Emily Cristobal gives us an overview of the different types of tea and their health benefits so you can find the right kind of tea for any mood.


As winter is right around the corner, the age-old question of coffee or tea once again comes to the foreground. Although both are good for warming you up during the cold winter months, I would always choose tea if given the choice. 

For centuries, tea has not only been known to come in a variety of flavors, but it is also known to provide many health benefits. Depending on the type of tea you drink, it can help with weight loss, boost your immune system, and help with your digestive system among other things. Tea also contains antioxidants, which protect the body from the harmful effects of pollution and keep us looking young.

One of my earliest memories of drinking tea was when I was about eight years old and I had stomach ache. To make me feel better, my auntie had given me a cup of tea. After having a few sips, I instantly felt better. (I don’t remember exactly what kind of tea it was, but I do know it was uncaffeinated). From this point on, I believed that tea was the ultimate cure to everything without having to take over-the-counter medicine. 

Whenever I have a cold, I always drink infinite amounts of green tea with lemon and honey until I feel better. My friends always ask me how I’m able to bet better so quickly, and my answer will consistently be getting rest and drinking tea.  

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Most teas are brewed from the Camellia Sinensis plant. These teas include black tea, oolong tea, green tea, white tea, yellow tea, and dark tea. The coloring of these teas depend on how long the tea leaves are oxidized, which is when water evaporates out of the leaf and the leaf absorbs more oxygen from the air. Darker teas have more oxidization while lighter teas have less oxidation. Darker teas also tend to hold more caffeine than lighter teas. 

Aside from these standard teas, there are also herbal teas, which are brewed by using dried fruits, flowers, spices, or herbs. Some of the most popular herbal teas are chamomile, peppermint, and ginger teas. Chamomile tea is mostly used for its calming properties and is often favored as a sleeping aid. Chamomile is perfect to drink when you need something to relax after a stressful day of work or school. Peppermint tea is known for its beneficial effects on the digestive tract. It has been known to relieve indigestion, nausea, and stomach pain. Similar to peppermint tea, ginger tea is also known for aiding with nausea. Although you could also cure nausea by eating candied ginger or drinking ginger ale, ginger tea provides a soothing alternative to the potent taste of candied ginger or the potentially stomach-upsetting carbonation in ginger ale. 

All in all, tea is the perfect choice of drink for any occasion, keeping you hydrated without having to down glasses of water. Whether you drink it for the taste or the health benefits, tea provides both. Drinking tea also provides a great alternative to coffee, especially if you are trying to cut down on your caffeine intake!


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