5 Ways Drinking Tea Boosts Health And Happiness

Tea has, for centuries, been the warm beverage of choice for cultures in countries the
world over.
Some of us love tea for the ritual, some of us enjoy the taste, and many of us use it to
relax and rejuvenate.
But apart from the sweet relief we get from winding down with a warm brew, research
tells us that tea delivers some significant health benefits too.
Studies show that drinking tea can help to reduce stress, improve sleep, keep you focused
and alert, stave off illness, and lift your mood.
But what makes tea so damn terrific for your health?
Science narrows the answer down to a powerful ingredient found in tea leaves.
L-theanine, also known as theanine, is an amino acid which gives tea its powerful calm-
yet-focused effect.
It’s like meditation in your mouth.
And for those who are juggling work, kids and more, a daily cuppa can help to keep you
healthy, happy and on task.
Here are 5 real reasons why tea is so good for you:

● RELAXATION

L-theanine promotes alpha brain waves, a form of wakeful relaxation like that
experienced in meditation.
Studies have found regular consumption reduces stress and anxiety without leaving you
drowsy.

● ALERTNESS

The natural powers of L-theanine become even more exciting when combined with
caffeine. When consumed together, studies show that people are able to focus better
when performing demanding tasks, feeling more alert and less tired.
MeTea — the world’s most caffeinated tea — combines L-theanine with a higher dose of
caffeine than regular teas or even coffee.
MeTea steadily releases caffeine into your system which leaves you feeling focused and
energised for longer, making it a healthy and effective alternative to coffee for many.

● GOOD MOOD

Tea containing L-theanine is also shown to have a boosting effect on levels of dopamine
and serotonin in the brain.
It also plays a key role in mood support by helping to improve the production of the
inhibitory relaxing neurotransmitter GABA.
GABA is important for nervous system function, can ease anxiety, improve sleep, and lift
your mood.

● SUPER SLEEP

Winding down at the end of a busy day and getting your brain to switch off is a challenge
for many working parents and high performing professionals.
Research indicates that L-theanine could be beneficial for a longer, more restful sleep by
reducing your resting heart rate, thereby helping you to relax at bedtime and during your
sleep.

● IMMUNITY

If you feel a cold coming on or suffer from sinus problems, drinking tea can relieve the
symptoms by boosting the movement of cilia (the tiny hair-like strands that help clear up
mucus).
Studies also show tea drinkers are less likely to develop some forms of cancer, are better
able to control blood pressure, and enjoy a stronger immunity.
Tea also contains antioxidants which help to keep you young and protect you from
damaging pollutants in your environment.

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