Tea may seem kinda soft compared to coffee, but don't knock the leafy stuff til you know all the facts. Other than being a very trendy beverage, with chain tea shops like David's and indy stores like Hestia opening all around Montreal, tea also has tons of health benefits (other than keeping you warm in winter) to make you a better person, in both body and mind. Put a kettle on and get steeping as we take you through 10 ways tea will improve your life.

Tea Helps You Stay In Shape And Sexy

Here's one that will get all the skinny bitches flocking to the tea section: tea can help you lose, and keep off, weight. Studies have shown how properties in tea can impede the growth of fat cells and can reduce the risk of metabolyic syndrome. Tea drinkers have also been noted to have smaller waists and lower BMIs. Drink tea, stay sexy. 'Nuff said.

Tea Is A Great Way To Keep Hydrated

Okay, this one is kind of a no-brainer, but still warrants a mention: tea keeps your body nice and hydrated. Unlike coffee, which is a dieretic, tea will give you a caffeine boost (depending on the variety), some antioxidants, and still give your body all the H2O it needs. The benefits of being hydrated are numerous, with clear skin, reduced appetite, and higher energy levels being a few on a very long list.

Tea Maintains Your Pearly Whites

Sparkling smiles and tea go hand in hand. Some teas contain fluoride, which prevents cavities, while the antioxidants in tea kill bacteria in the mouth to keep your breath smelling fresh. Tea also contains calcium, magnesium, vitamin D, and some amino acids, all of which aid in the production of healthy muscles, bones, and teeth. Add some milk to your tea for even more bone-boosting effects.

Green Tea: Immense Source Of Antioxidants

Specific teas have specific healthy properties, and first on the docket is mean green tea. Chock full of antioxidants, green tea combats the growth of bladder, breast, lung, stomach, pancreatic, and colorectal cancers, prevents clogging of the arteries, and reduces the risk of neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. In general, green tea relieves oxidative stress in the body, which can lead to better vision. Green tea's small caffeine boost is also a great alternative for people trying to ween off of coffee.

White Tea: It Keeps Ya Young

Not quite a fountain of youth, white tea has still been shown to keep your face fresh. A study has shown how white tea prevents the breaking down of collagen and elastin, which cause wrinkles. Opt out of your next collagen injection and grab a cup of white tea instead.

Black Tea: Your Healthy Caffeine Fix

A very broad category (including Chai, Earl Grey, Orange Pekoe, and other favourites), black tea is known as the tea with the darkest colour and highest caffeine content. Keeping you alert, it makes for a healthier option than coffee, but also has some other boons. Black tea contains alkylamine antigens and tannins, both of which work to improving your immune system and digestive functions. Stay awake, stay healthy, and stay regular, all with black tea.

Oolong Tea: Clears Your Skin For The Win

Think of oolong as almost a combo between green and black tea, being caffeinated and rich in flavour but still very light. In Chinese oolong means 'black dragon,' which points to the awesome qualities of this type of tea. A Japanese study showed how sufferers of skin diseases, like eczema, showed huge improvements in their condition by drinking oolong tea. Don't throw your oolong tea leaves away either, when re-dried they can be used as an effective household cleaner. The first combo beverage-cleaner on the market.

Roobois Tea: Protects Your Brain

A red variety of tea, roobois (prnounced ROY-boss) has many of the disease fighting properties shared by most teas, and also combats the brain-damaging effects of aging. As we age, lipids in our brain become perooxidized, which basically slows down brain processes. When rats were given roobois tea to drink, a study showed how roobois tea lessened the effects of aging, to the point that 2 year old rats had brain functions on par with 2 month old rats.

Tea Keeps Your Other Vices In Check

Even if you don't lead the healthiest life, tea can still help to counteract the negatives effects of some of your favourite bad habits. First off, the hydration tea offers will help in hangover recovery. Increased tea consumption has also been known to mitigate the damaging effects of smoking, including lung cancer. Enjoy a smoke with a cup of tea and feel (slightly) better about your vice.

Tea > Disease

Many kinds of tea contain antioxidants and have disease-fighting properties. Some of the ailments you can combat by drinking tea include: diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s disease, and a variety of cancers. Tea can also protect your body from harmful free radicals and ultraviolet rays. Still, keep in mind that tea only lowers the risk, and doesn't take the risk away, so combine tea with a generally healthy lifestyle to ensure your body stays disease-free.

Have we made a tea drinker out of you? Was your favourite reason to drink tea left out? Talk 'bout your tea in the comments below!

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