Tea and aging... Drinking teas and herbal tisanes can promote wellness in so many ways as we age.
Our middle and later years in life can be fun, adventurous, and rewarding. To make sure our bodies and minds stay strong, healthy, and vibrant, it's important to make smart, healthful lifestyle choices so we can enjoy these years to the fullest.
One simple, effective, and oh-so-delicious way to support our bodies and minds as we age is by including tea as a regular part of our diets. Keep reading to learn more about tea and aging benefits.
Many of us enjoy tea each day just because we love its delicious taste and aroma. But tea is brimming with all sorts of wellness benefits, too, and including tea as a regular part of our diets as we age can help to maintain and encourage good physical health.
Many of the physical wellness issues we are often concerned with in mid-life and later life - such as bone, joint, heart, or immune system health - can be aided and supported with tasty, beneficial teas and herbal tisanes.
Antioxidants, which are compounds that neutralize harmful free radicals in our bodies, provide a host of health and wellness benefits.
Not only do antioxidants support cardiovascular health and strengthen the immune system, they can also lessen susceptibility to chronic disease, increase vitality, and much more.
Our bodies can't produce enough antioxidants to protect us from free radicals, so it's important that we include high and varied sources of antioxidants in our diets.
Fortunately, many teas are exceptional sources of antioxidants, and drinking tea is an easy and full-of-flavor way to add more antioxidants to your diet. For an antioxidant boost in your day, choose teas from the Camellia sinensis tea plant (such as black, green, or white tea) or, if you prefer herbal teas, brew and enjoy some cinnamon, ginger, or Rooibos tea.
If your back or joints have been feeling achy, you'll be glad to know that many teas can provide both pain relief and anti-inflammatory benefits, and so may help to ease tenderness and swelling. The next time your joint, back, or neck pain is acting up, try steeping and sipping a cup or two of green, white, cinnamon, dandelion, or ginger tea for all-natural relief from achiness and inflammation.
And, don't forget that tea may also provide gentle relief when used topically. A comforting chamomile, ginger, or Rooibos tea bath can help to ease soreness and inflammation, or apply a soothing warm or cool tea compress on the area for quick, effective relief.
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As we age, we tend to lose bone mass and our bones become thinner and more fragile, potentially making us more vulnerable to fractures.
Fortunately, research has shown that regularly drinking certain types of tea - such as black, oolong, green, white, or red clover tea - can significantly boost bone strength and density and help to lessen the risk of a bone fracture.
Adding tea to your diet may provide some relief from the symptoms of osteoporosis, too.
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Adding healthful teas and herbal tisanes to your everyday wellness plan is a simple (and delicious) step you can take to support your body, mind, and spirit. Tea, along with regular activity, plenty of rejuvenating rest and relaxation, a nutritious diet, and time for fun and socializing can help us flourish as we age.
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