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Ten Reasons to Drink Tea

By Anna Lynn Sibal

You may not be aware of this, but there are so many health benefits to drinking green tea regularly. Surprisingly, a cup of tea may very well act as effectively as any food, vitamin or mineral supplement out there in the market.

The list of benefits we can derive from making tea drinking a habit is long, but here are the reasons that occupy the top ten spots on that list.

1. Tea helps keep the body hydrated. Adults should drink at least eight glasses of water a day. For people who cannot stand drinking that much water, tea is a good alternative. Drinking two or three cups of tea a day along with all the water you can consume will get the body properly hydrated.

2. Green Tea is rich in antioxidants. Free radicals created by the pollutants we get from the environment, from the unhealthy food that we eat, from stress and from lack of sleep and exercise harm the otherwise healthy cells of the body. Tea has a lot of antioxidants that prevent the free radicals from having their way with our bodies.

3. Green Tea improves the body's immunity. Tea contains an amino acid called theanine. Theanine helps shake up the bodyís immune system, making it improve its performance and keep the risk of the body getting infected by various disease-causing bacteria low.

4. Tea aids to a healthier heart. Drinking tea helps strengthen the inner lining of the cells of the heart and the other organs of the circulatory system. With the inner lining of the heartís cells functioning well, the heart becomes stronger and less vulnerable to acquiring disease.

5. Tea aids to healthier bones. Flavonoids, a chemical substance found in tea, effectively help the body develop stronger bones, as well as increase the boneís mineral densities. A body with strong bones is less at risk of developing osteoporosis.

6. Tea increases alertness. Caffeine has the ability to stimulate the heart and lungs to bring more oxygen to the brain. Tea has high enough levels of caffeine that can make the mind more alert and focused.

7. Tea reduces infections. As stated above, tea helps improve the bodyís immune system. Tea also has catechins that are good for reducing the risk of arthritis. Tea reduces swelling and arrests the breakdown of cartilage.

8. Tea strengthens the teeth. Tea has a high content of fluoride, which is needed to fight germs that cause gum problems, bad breath and plaque build-up on the teeth.

9. Green Tea burns unwanted fat. Tea is good for people trying to lose unwanted extra weight. Tea increases the metabolism of the body and helps burn the excess fats and calories.

10. Tea prevents cancer. The antioxidants found in tea are good for fighting the harmful enzymes that lead to the development of cancer cells in the body.

So what are you waiting for? Start drinking tea today.