Posts tagged ‘drinks’

April 17, 2012

Tea, Glorious Tea!

This is a slightly off-the-cuff random post as I am procrastinating – I should be writing my dissertation, but I just don’t want to knuckle down and do it! So I’m having a lovely cup of tea and watching bad daytime TV instead.

We all know how important it is to stay hydrated, and I really do notice how much better my skin looks and how much better I feel when I drink enough. It’s always better to have great skin than great makeup, in my opinion! But we also know that the 8 glasses of water myth is just that – a myth – because we get most of our daily water needs from our food, right? Well, that’s going to depend on the kind of foods we eat, and at the moment, I’m eating fairly badly and not eating as many vegetables as I should, which means that I’ll need to drink more to make up the amount. It’s always good to be conscious of these things – I’m trying hard at the moment, because I’ve not been very good at it in the past.

One way I like to do this is to drink black tea. It has recently been found by the US Department of Agriculture that the levels of antioxidants in black tea are actually very similar to those found in green tea, which so many health junkies swear by. Plus, black tea is good for your teeth and heart, and contains much less caffeine in one cup than coffee does. It’s warm and comforting, and quenches thirst much better (in my opinion!) than other hot drinks or even flavoured squashes, which aren’t so great due to their high sugar content.
The only thing is that, like green tea, it should be enjoyed without milk to make sure that you’re getting the benefits. I love my tea like this, as my family like it this way too and so I’m used to it, but if it tastes too thin or bland, try adding a squeeze of lemon juice.

My favourite types of tea are citrusy Earl Grey, delicate Rose Congu, spicy Chai and delicious Darjeeling!
I love tea so much that I have to have an especially huge (and happy) Paperchase mug to drink it out of:

Are there any other tea-lovers out there? 😀

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