Benefits of Tea for Winter Ailments
• Helps With Depression: Winter can bring about a dip in your moods and a gust of Seasonal Affective Disorders. Mellow moods can be pacified with the help of tea. Depression is often a combination of biochemical imbalance, unresolved emotional issues, nutrient deficiencies, hormonal imbalance. The amino acid L-Theanine found in tea helps promote hormones like dopamine and serotonin that fight these problems.
• Boosts Metabolism: A daily cup or two of tea can inflate our metabolic rate and promote fat oxidation in our body. Green tea, especially, has thermogenic properties. Thermogenesis is the process of burning calories while digesting and absorbing food as it’s being eaten. This in turn aids in weight loss. It becomes even more difficult to lose weight during winters as our bodies sweat very less. Green tea has closer to zero calories and improves our body’s energy burning efficiency. It is a natural diuretic, which makes it the ideal treatment for combating fluid retention problems and overall tissue inflammation. According to studies, drinking green tea regularly can reduce body fat by up to 19 percent.
• Gives Your Immunity an Extra Boost: Winters mean a lethargic immunity system. Our bodies are quick in picking up on germs. However, tea is useful for soothing sore throats, stopping sniffles and boosting our immunity system. Problems like chest congestion, fevers and common cold reduce if we consume at least 2-3 cups of tea every day. While being calming and delicious, it protects our body from potential sickness, viruses, or infections. When the weather gets colder, pouring yourself a delicious cup of tea will make your immune system thank you!
• Helps Soothe Winter Aches and Pains: One of the lesser known benefits of tea include its ability to ease winter aches. While pains and body aches can happen any time of the year, the symptoms become even more prominent in the cold and wet season. The warmth produced by tea along with its anti-inflammatory properties help reduce joint pains and gout.
• Gets Rid of the Winter Laziness: Since our bodies absorb less sunlight, we feel more sleepy and lethargic during winters. To get rid of this tiredness, we need an additional push in our diets to keep us running on our feet. The stimulants present in tea, like caffeine, L-theanine, theobromine and theophylline, energise your body. These energisers work as vasodilators (exercising of the heart) and elevate the mood of the consumer. Tea excites our brain and the central nervous system. The ‘caffeine high’ attained by coffee consumption also gives us a sudden ‘caffeine crash’ which depletes all of our energy. Tea, on the other hand, allows slower absorption of caffeine, so the energy release is stable and more manageable, making it a better energy stimulant than coffee.
• Prevents Teeth Sensitivity: Tooth sensitivity occurs when the protective layers of teeth are worn out and a bony tissue called dentin is exposed. Exposed dentin allows hot and cold liquids and foods to come in close contact with the nerve endings in the teeth, which cause pain. If left exposed for long, dentin also becomes vulnerable to cavity formation. Out of all teas, green tea contains Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), which not only prevents tooth erosion but also prevents plaque formation. Not just this, but its anti-inflammatory properties can help reduce swelling and inflammation in the gums. Green tea also acts as a natural mouth freshener.
Best Tea for Winter
The sweeping benefits of tea are many, and it only becomes a blessing in the cold season. Here are some important teas that should become a part of your life, especially during winter:
• Chamomile Tea: The queen of herbal teas, chamomile has the ability to relax your mind, get rid of inflammation from bug bites and reduce dark circles. The relaxants present in this tea helps ease winter time anxiety.
• Ginger Tea: A naturally energising blend, ginger tea stimulates blood circulation, speeds up digestion and enhances immunity. The stronger taste of this tea cures sore throat and helps subside cough and chest congestion.
• Peppermint Tea: This minty concoction may seem like an odd choice for a winter tea, but it actually helps cure nausea and upset stomach. The acidity caused by over-eating during holiday season can be countered with the help of this tea.
• Mulethi/ Licorice Root Tea: A centuries old ayurvedic herb, mulethi can counter many problems all at once. However, its top benefit includes easing congestion and cough. A cup of Mulethi tea can warm you up and relieve you of a scratchy throat.