How to Get the Benefits of More Tea in Your Life

Posted: February 22, 2008 in Articles - Nutrition
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Tea is good for you.  No doubt you’ll have heard people raving about the benefits of green tea and it’s reported cancer fighting properties.

Tea Bag

The point of today’s little post, is not really to explain the benefits of various teas – there are more than enough web pages that already do that – I just wanted to share a way I’ve only recently come across to make it easier to get more servings of tea into your day.

Brewing Your Tea The Easy Way

Most sources seem to recommend multiple cups of tea per day, usually of green or white tea (both are high in anti-oxidants, but white tea has even higher concentrations).  This equates to a lot of kettle boiling and  brewing.

If you can’t be bothered with all this, then try cold brewing your tea in larger batches. 

To cold brew, all you need to do is fill up a jug with cold water (a 1.5 – 2 litre jug should do fine) and throw in 3 or 4 tea bags.  Let it sit until the water turns a nice ‘tea’ color (this can take an hour or more) and then just pour yourself a cup when you fancy it.  I personally do this overnight so that my tea is ready the next day and I drink the tea instead of plain water.

The benefit of this method is that it takes less effort than traditional brewing, less tannins are released (they give tea it’s bitter taste when you brew it too long), tea is better at hydrating you than pure water and you are able to get a steady stream of cancer-fighting anti-oxidants all day long.  Fantastic.

The are many different teas which have a wide range of benefits, so try mixing different tea varieties in one jug to tailor make your own ‘health juice’.  Try a mix of two white tea bags, one green tea bag and one other tea variety of your choice.  Adding a Peppermint Tea bag always seems to go down well.

Experiment for a while and see how you feel.  

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Comments
  1. Tea says:

    I think cold brewing is not good, why don’t we brew the tea and cool it, pop some ice into the tea and enjoy!

  2. crossfitwestcountry says:

    Nice idea. It’s about what works for you. If you have the time to prepare the hot tea and then cool it and ice it, then go for it.

    But, if you’re short on time or effort, you can get the same benefits by just throwing the tea bags into some cold water and leaving it overnight without having to worry about the tannins making the tea too bitter to enjoy.

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