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Reasons you should put down that cup of coffee and pick up a cuppa tea

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In today’s world, coffee seems to be the drink of choice for most people and that trend seems to be on the rise. But there is an important factor that should not be overlooked and that is health. Below mentioned are a few reasons why you should swap that latte for a cup of green tea.

Improves focus and clears the mind

One key factor that plays an important role in improving focus is hydration. Unlike coffee, a cup of tea hydrates your body and will help you focus better. The reason for that is you don’t get that instant spike in energy due to the immediate release of caffeine, that comes along with drinking a cup of coffee which will more likely wear off before the clock hits meal time. But with tea, due to the presence of L-Theanine, the caffeine is released at a much slower rate which will result in you staying alert for a longer time. Also, a cup of tea is your best solution for a clogged mind. Its soothing nature coupled with a crisp aroma will help clear things off your mind and boost your mood.

Helps detox your body and promotes weight loss

We’ve all heard it by now, that tea is an antioxidant powerhouse. The anti-oxidants present in tea will boost your metabolism which will help you burn more calories throughout the day, even when you’re idle. In addition to that, the anti-oxidants present in tea will help in combating the toxins present in your body. Also, tea helps detox your skin from the inside making it clear on the outside. Unlike coffee, which can cause you to breakout and worsen your skin over time. Studies even show that green tea has the ability to protect you from ultra-violet rays to an extent.

Improves your health

Caffeine can come in really handy when you’re tired and have to get work done. However, excessive consumption of caffeine will do more harm than good. Tea is packed with antioxidants, minerals and vitamins in addition to caffeine which will replenish your body and leave you feeling good. These components in tea will help reduce the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and prevent different types of cancer. On the other hand, with a cup of coffee, caffeine is all you get and drinking excessive amounts of coffee is correlated with an increased risk of various health issues including high blood pressure. The thing about tea is that there are a plethora of flavours available for everyone and it is easy to find the one you like. Check out our online store for the finest teas in the country, ranging from basic green teas to fancy floral teas.

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History of tea

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Tea has long been termed a healthy alternative to coffee, but there is so much more to it outside the health benefits. Sure, there are the benefits that come along with the higher antioxidant content, like the ability to promote weight loss and reduce the risk of heart disease, but its soothing nature, opulent taste and floral aroma are what makes its the perfect drink to kickstart most mornings for most people. Let us take a ride back in time to find the answer to one simple question - How long have we been consuming tea?.

Stories go back to a time in 2737 B.C when the legendary Emperor of China and the inventor of Chinese medicine, Shennong was boiling a pot of water and a few leaves from a nearby tree fell into it and changed the colour. The emperor was pleasantly surprised by the flavour it added to the water. While testing the same with other leaves, he found some of them to be poisonous and used tea as an antidote. Thus tea was discovered.

Many estimate a number between 1000 and 2000 years when answering the question how long humans have been consuming tea. But recently, Chinese archaeologists concluded a decade-long study stating that humans have been consuming tea for about 6000 years when they found defined roots of Camellia Sinensis that was dated to 3366 B.C (Neolithic period) on China’s eastern coast. It is also to be noted that tea leaves have been found inside the mausoleum of an emperor of the Han Dynasty with the presence of detectable levels of Theanine (an amino acid unique to the plant). This proves the claim that tea was being consumed as early as 140 B.C.

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How did tea spread across the globe?

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Japan has been the home to certain varieties of teas like Sencha, Matcha etc. Tea drinking is deeply rooted in the Japanese heritage. When the Japanese Buddhist scholars visited China during the Tang Dynasty, they took with them certain tea seeds back to Japan and flavours that were initially foreign to the land is now a part of it.

India is the largest grower and exporter of tea in the world today, but tea became a part of everyday lives of the people only in the 19th century, during the British rule. It all started when the British used the Indian lands and took advantage of the country’s climate to cultivate tea to supply the growing demand for tea in Britain.

Britain is known for their love for tea. Tea wasn’t a thing in Britain until Prince Charles II married Catherine, a Portuguese Princess who loved tea. Some even say that the consumption of tea in Britain grew exponentially only in the 19th century, during the British rule in India.

The rise of tea bags

A merchant in New York who goes by the name Thomas Sullivan used to send tea samples to his customers in silk bags. The customers not knowing what to do put the tea with the silk bag into the pot which surprisingly worked well and thus tea bags were born.
In ancient days, tea was not prepared the way we do now. It was mostly used for medicinal purposes and was eaten by itself or mixed with other spices and added to a soup.

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