Originally published on the Kingstonist.com. Drink Tea! For hundreds of years, across many cultures, drinking tea has been a staple part of one’s daily routine. Tea contains catechins – a type of antioxidant. Diets high in antioxidants can prevent many health conditions, including heart disease and Alzheimer’s; by fighting those cell damaging free radicals in our body.
This week’s challenge is to increase your antioxidant levels by drinking tea. Studies have shown that people who consume tea regularly have lower cholesterol, recover faster after a heart attack, and have a decreased risk of heart disease, stroke, and Parkinson’s disease. In addition, tea can optimize liver functioning, promote healthy skin, boost memory, and improve the body’s ability to burn fat as fuel.
Please be aware that teas vary in their level of caffeine content and too much can result in dehydration and other adverse health effects. Try to limit caffeine intake to no more than 100mg per day. Teas highest in antioxidant content include: rooibos, green, & white tea – bottoms up!