Category: Health Yourself Written by Rebecca Smith
Mornings start with a hot brew. It is difficult to resist a second cup of tea. Weight-watchers go by their herbal tea, and insomniacs cannot avoid tea to overcome sleeplessness. Tea has emerged as an all-day essential to sort out mental chaos, depression, and anxiety.
Though pandemic may have increased tea consumption worldwide, its health benefits are a testimony to its consumption. WHO findings reveal the rise of mental disorders over the next 20 years can lead to economic loss. Tea is a bright spark in such a gloomy situation. Sipping tea regularly can have a good impact on peoples’ wellness.
Here are the hidden benefits of tea for your mental well-being.
1. It Enhances Mood and Memory.
A review of 49 human intervention studies showed the positive effects of caffeine, L-theanine, and EGCG antioxidants in tea to improve memory, attention, and alertness. Kratom Canada, a medicinal plant of Southeast Asia, can help elevate mood and enhance physical endurance when consumed as a tea. Tea plays the dual role of bringing about calmness and mental alertness. When you have a flurry of thoughts clouding your mind and making you lose focus, a hot cup of tea may rejuvenate your clogged views and freshen your mind.
2. It Lessens Anxiety.
Long-term tea consumption reduces anxiety and depression symptoms in the elderly. Theaflavins, black tea compounds, prevent memory impairment and reduce anxiety by increasing dopamine levels in the brain. Drinking tea also lowers the stress hormone cortisol in the body, and the process lowers the risk of developing short- and long-term depression.
In a study done on the Korean populace, routine green tea drinkers were at 21 percent less risk of facing depression in their life span than those who never consumed green tea. It puts drinking tea at par with 2.5 hours of exercise a week. Tea-drinking reduces anxiety and makes tea drinkers more relaxed than before by encouraging rapport-building and group participation. By bringing this positive change, tea reduces isolation and withdrawal symptoms in individuals and promotes bonding.
3. It Reduces Dementia Risk.
A study of 935 Chinese elderly tea drinkers found exciting findings on the correlation between tea consumption and neurological disorders. Regular intake of black/oolong tea reduced mental disorders and cerebral complications by 53%, and green tea by 43%. Catechin content in tea brings about this health benefit.
Further research has found a healthy contribution of tea intake in reducing memory loss. This is a positive sign of tea consumption, lessening the chances of age-related memory waning. When you drink half a cup of green tea a day, you are well on your way to reducing dementia risk apart from losing pounds.
4. It Boosts Intellectual Capacity.
Intellectual ability and memory cells play an essential role in completing academic roles and daily tasks. You cannot go wrong with your mental focus on simple to arduous tasks when you drink tea regularly.
Although there are various tea types to boost mental health, regular drinking of green tea enhances your brain’s functioning and cognitive thinking. It also helps in reducing your mental lethargy and sluggishness. Milk-tea lovers should drink green tea to discover its benefits in improving and paying attention.
5. It Tackles Insomnia.
The busy lifestyle of employed professionals and the daily stress hampers sleep hours. The tendency to take sleeping aids is becoming a regular. This can harm your body and mind in the longer run. With awry working hours, sleep deficiencies are weighing down on peace, satisfaction, and patience.
Drinking tea helps resolve insomnia problems efficiently. A cup of tea relaxes and settles your mind when you need it most. However, try to avoid drinking tea unnecessarily to prevent harmful effects like acidity and heartburn. Drink tea in moderate quantity, not excess.
Teas Good For Mental Health
A cup of tea not only energizes you for the day but also keeps you calm and composed and helps you relax at night. Let us know more about the teas that can give you mental stimulation.
- Oolong tea: It has caffeine in medium quantity. But its high percentage of L-theanine helps reduce anxiety by increasing the level of relaxing neurotransmitters. Oolong tea’s effects on anxiety-relief medicines are in a research and study phase.
- Herbal teas: Chamomile, Jasmine, and Lavender herbs help promote physical relaxation, tranquillity, and mental health. They are also the key ingredients in teas to induce sleep. Drinking them before bedtime helps in bringing comfortable and deep sleep. Herbal teas lack caffeine; hence they are useful as “afternoon teas.” You can make different herbal blends to get the advantage of additional health benefits. Add honey into your herbal tea to get sweetening, citrus fruit to get your vitamin C dose, and blueberries to get antioxidants. Work on these combinations to boost your wellness dosage. You can also try Ginseng, Passionflower, Lemon balm, Holy basil herbal teas. The options are limitless.
- John’s Wort tea: St. John’s Wort is a medicinal plant with yellow flowers that comes of immense help in treating mood swings, depression, migraines, mental stress, and sleeplessness. It plays a supplementary role in relaxing the mind and muscles when prescription antidepressant drugs fail.
- Ashwagandha tea: The Ayurvedic herb Ashwagandha manages stress and mental disorders. It is believed to give horse-like strength to those who consume this ancient herb daily. It combats stress-causing factors by inhibiting cortisol (stress-causing hormone). Drinking Ashwagandha tea delivers anti-inflammatory properties, reduces cholesterol, and keeps your heart in a healthy condition.
- Peppermint tea: We all know peppermint as a mouth-freshener. But it also contains essential oils like menthol to reduce mental tension, headaches, migraines. It also has good anti-anxiety properties that help reduce mental fatigue and depression and support digestion.
The Bottom Line
There is clear evidence of mood and health improvement on tea consumption. Tea is a good beverage but avoid making it the only brew for a daily drink. Tea addiction can weigh heavy on your nerves and become an obsession. Plan your daily intake of tea methodically. Try drinking detox teas: they are a healthy substitute to the everyday tea and help detoxify your body in the best possible way.
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