As a child I didn't like tea very much, especially in hot weather. This presented problems because sometimes all we'd have for lunch or supper was a starch base and tea. My grandmother, who was my primary caregiver than took to telling a few of my cousins and I that tea actually helped relieve heat; fighting heat with heat. We believed her and I have over the years found out it's a widespread belief. Whether or not it actually relieves heat I'm not certain but tea lovers like myself cannot be kept down.
With summer around the corner and the weather rapidly warming up, I'm staring to look more and more ridiculous each time I ask a friend I'm visiting for a cup or order a pot at a restaurant. I'm not fond of ice tea, but when I have it I prefer to make it myself with a couple of lemon wedges. Here are some reasons for you to keep on drinking the beverage, even in summer.
1. Anti-aging properties
I'm a firm believer in the old adage that "black don't crack" but that doesn't keep me from slapping on my Factor 30 sunscreen, drinking tea and water to stay hydrated and having my red clay facials. Tea consumption (largely because of its high antioxidant content) reduces the appearance of wrinkles and age spots.
2. No calories
Tea has no calories if consumed without milk or sugar, this is great if you're trying to keep that summer body as it is. During your summer holidays,when you get the urge to reach for that can of soft drink or beer, remember that tea goes nowhere near the hips.
If you already lead an active and healthy lifestyle, your body deserves this additional defence. Antioxidants help fight free-radicals, which bring on the onset of aging. Tea also has a whole lot less caffeine than coffee.
How do you take your tea?