Best Teas for Your Health

A simple cup of tea can pack a powerful health punch. Dietitian Keri Glassman shares which teas you should be drinking for your health.

Anyone who knows me knows that I just love my tea. The tea cabinet in kitchen is always overflowing and even my kids and I have our tea time every night. Tea has been consumed for thousands of years and can boast a whole lot of benefits from weight loss, to preventing heart disease and cancer, to improving bone health and skin. Even the act of making tea alone has been known to reduce stress. Now you get my love for this bev? Yup, I am tea crazy.

Here are a few tips to help you drink up:

  • Be in the know. There are only four real types of tea: black, green, white and oolong. They all come from the same plant but differ in how they are processed which is what affects the nutritional value.
  • Count those cups. If you really want to reap the benefits of tea’s nutrients you should drink 2 to 4 cups per day. Sounds like a lot but this can count towards your daily water consumption. Depending upon what type of tea you are drinking, the caffeine will vary so be aware of this.
  • Buy organic. Even if you don’t buy all organic, this is one of those items that is on the “definitely go organic” list.
  • The white stuff – milk and sugar. The protein in milk may interfere with the absorption of the powerful nutrients in tea. And too much sugar isn’t good for you. Learn to enjoy the natural flavors of tea.
  • Store smart. Store your tea in a dark, cool spot and make sure to ditch it after a year. If you are not storing properly, ditch after a few months. The antioxidant powers will have faded by then.

Now go get steeping!

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