The many benefits of tea for aging can help us feel and look better as we grow older.
Changes to our bodies and minds are inevitable as we age. Even though we may dislike or struggle with some of the effects of aging, we have so many natural, healthful ways to remain in good health and good spirits during older adulthood.
Including tea as a regular part of our diets is an effective way to ensure both our physical health and our mental health benefit from what these amazing beverages have to offer.
Not only can tea encourage good physical health in a multitude of ways and protect and nurture our complexion and skin health as we age, but tea can also boost and support mental health and provide social benefits!
Making smart choices and developing positive habits to ensure our bodies remain healthy for many years is important, but sometimes nurturing our brain health falls by the wayside...
Tea offers many benefits to keep our bodies looking and feeling their best as they age.
And, these beverages can encourage good mental and cognitive health, too.
Feeling down or stressed can happen at any time during our lives, and a wonderfully natural way to give your spirits a boost is to brew a cup of tea.
Caffeine-free cinnamon, peppermint, St. John's Wort, red clover, or lemon balm tea may help to improve your mood.
Our most favorite tea around the world - black tea - is also an amazing stress buster! (Remember, these teas are lovely hot or iced.)
A tea facial steam or a soothing tea bath is another relaxing way to raise your spirits. If you're feeling low or disheartened, treat yourself to a lemon balm or green tea steam or a peppermint or chamomile tea bath for a pick-me-up that has wonderful benefits for your skin, too.
Teas and herbal tisanes can support good cognitive health, too, so our minds stay sharp and active as we age.
Teas from the Camellia sinensis tea plant (black, oolong, green, and white teas), as well as Valerian, cinnamon, and lemon balm herbal teas can help to boost memory and concentration, improve performance in various cognitive tasks, and enhance mental energy.
While further research is needed, recent studies are also targeting the potential benefits of certain types of tea, such as cinnamon and Rooibos herbal teas, in helping to prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease, early onset dementia, and other diseases that affect cognitive functioning.
Let's not forget other areas of our lives that need nurturing as we age, like our social and relational selves! Including plenty of fun and socializing in our days, no matter what our age, is an important and effective way to stay positive and healthy and look and feel our best.
Tea provides the perfect reason and opportunity to get together with friends and family, and nurture the part of us that thrives from contact with others.
For so many years, and in many countries, we've known and loved teatime as a very enjoyable way to cultivate and cherish friendships.
Whether you relish some precious 'me' time with a pot of tea and a favorite tea novel each afternoon, or meet with friends at a cozy tea shop to chat over a cup of tea a few times a month, adding a special teatime to your routine is a relaxing stress reliever that can bring a touch of pleasure and beauty to your day and nurture those emotional and social parts of you that are so important.
Growing older can bring many changes to our bodies and our minds, and also to our social and emotional lives.
While some of these changes can be challenging, there are many simple ways we can support physical, mental, and emotional wellness as the years pass. Keeping a well-stocked tea cupboard is a wonderful way to support healthy aging and enjoy the many benefits of tea for aging!