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Know Your Tea

I'm just an average guy living in an average urban area, but I'm striving to become healthier in all ways possible; mind and body. When I started my personal health regime, I drank around 8 cups of water a day and eventually I started to seek ways to incorporate herbal supplements in my beverages to enhance my every day life. Before, when I knew nothing about tea I bought Tea Bags made by Snapple, a juice company. It tasted just like the juice and was "enhanced" with preservatives just like the juice. In hand, I felt no different before or after I drank it. My point is, there is Good and Bad Tea out there and I want to let you know what is "Good Tea" in this article. And, you don't have to travel to third world countries to buy fine tea, you can find the right kind of tea at your Local Safeway or Walmart.

What is Tea?

Tea is the healthiest drink today and it's cathartic components are still a mystery. When you feel cold, Tea will warm you up. When you feel hot, it will cool you down. Tea soothes your mind when you are feeling frustrated, and it stimulates your body when you feel lethargic. You get the point. Tea is the 5th most popular drink in America after Water, Alcohol, Soft Drinks, Coffee. Worldwide, Tea is the 2nd most consumed beverage and is especially popular in China, India, and Great Britain. Tea comes in many different forms: Tea Bags, Tea Leaves, Tea Powder, Tea Cake, etc.. There is a lot of controversy as to whether Tea is best served traditionally with the Tea Leaves Raw, or on the opposing side, grinded and oxidized.

History of Tea

People in Asia tend to lean towards the traditional method of leaves because it supposedly retains the natural herbal powers and... it goes a long ways for them. Tea is said to be founded thousands of years ago in the Before Christ timeline, by a Chinese emperor who arbitrarily drank water with leaves in it that dropped from a tea tree. The emperor introduced the new-found mixture to his ministers and tea quickly became popular among royalty. Tea was then introduced to Japan in an important visit from China. Now, Japan is well known for their touted tea ceremonies.

It was not until the 1700's that Tea was introduced to Europeans and they monopolized it in the East India Trading Company. Iced Tea was founded quite mundanely. On a hot summer day in 1904, a tea vendor languished from selling hot tea and decided to throw ice cubes into the drinks, thus iced tea. Lastly, Tea Bags were invented when a British lady gifted tea leaves in a silk bag to a friend who pragmatically used the whole bag in order to re-use the tea leaves.

The only problem was that you could taste the bag too, so paper bags were invented. Tea bags then became the most conventional way to drink tea. Companies began to manufacture tea bags by the millions. Today, tea companies package tea bags at a rate of 600 tea bags per minute.

Types of Tea and Their Effects

The basic types of tea are Green Tea, Black Tea, and Oolong tea and they all originate from the camellia tea plant. Their only difference is that Green Tea is oxidized the least so it stays green and Black Tea is oxidized the most and becomes an orange/black color, hence black tea. Oxidized means fermented if you didn't know. All kinds of tea are good for you, but different types of tea have different effects. For Example:

  • Green Tea: Contains Anti-oxidants, relieves stress, slows down aging process
  • Black Tea: Contains Caffeine, Energizes the body, helps the lungs, reduces stroke
  • White Tea: Touted as the healthiest, unprocessed, prevents cancer, protects the gums
  • Oolong Tea: Helps with Weight Loss, reduces Cholestrol levels
  • Pu-erh Tea: Fermented Tea Leaf, Originated in China, Reduces weight gain, counter-acts alcohol consumption, prices go as high as $1000 per lb.

How To Make Tea

Simply deposit the loose tea leaves and hot water in a container. For Green and White Tea dont boil the water or you will get a bitter flavor. Don't let the leaves sit too long or the same thing will happen. That's all there is to it. You won't make perfect tea the first time, and even if it doesn't taste good it will be still good for your health.

You will find the best tea at an Asian Market, but the local grocery market tea is also good. Look for Adagio tea brands. I prefer to prepare my tea with loose leaves, but Tea Bags are also adequate and more convenient.


Street Talk

Terrika  

Good article about the benefits of the different teas. I LOVE tea! I pretty much drink just water and green tea! Thanks for sharing this information.

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  about 4 years ago

Thanks for the article. I am a fan of green tea with mint and lemon balm from the garden--very cool and refreshing in the summer.

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  about 4 years ago

Hey Justin 101, Let me tell you that I have liked your article. I know it will help many of those who would like to maintain their health. .I would therefore like to salute you for your wonderful article which is very informative. ... Thank you very much

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  about 5 years ago

Tea is a great alternative to all the options out there for drinking pleasure.

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  about 5 years ago
  

oh yeah, it gives a different type of buzz than alcohol ha

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  about 5 years ago

Nice job! I drink tea just about every day. Have you tried ginger tea yet? You take fresh ginger, scrape off the skin with a spoon, slice it up and boil it with a little cinnamon. delicious/

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  about 5 years ago
  

Yes, I have had ginger tea but never in that way, it sounds really good! thanks for commenting btw, will definitely try that out.

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  about 5 years ago

What a great article for us tea lovers!

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  about 5 years ago
  

Thanks!

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  about 5 years ago
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