One thing that I learned to adopt after staying here in Cambodia for nearly four years now is the habit of drinking tea. I would confess, way back in the Philippines, I'm not a tea drinker. What I love most is coffee. I used to drink around 3 to 4 cups of coffee the whole day especially when I'm lack of sleep and have to finish a lot of paper works. I very seldom to drink tea. I only know Lipton Tea :)...no more...no less (lol) and even drink tea with sugar on it. Now, I couldn't pass a day without having a sip of a hot tea. That's why I always have a stock of variety of tea in my room that I used to buy from Hoh Chih Min City. Vietnam is not only famous for it's coffee but for it's tea, as well. Here are the samples of the tea varieties that I bought from HCM.
Well..... I only recently discovered that there are flavored tea bags. What I used to buy before were only the usual... Jasmine Tea, Lotus Tea, Black Tea and Green Tea. I actually enjoy drinking tea because of it's flavorful aroma.
Here in Cambodia and in Vietnam, instead of serving water in the restaurants and even in small eateries, they served cups of hot tea or iced tea. In Khmer, they call it "Tay Kadaw" (hot tea) and "Tay Ta-koh" (Iced Tea). This is how I begin to develop a strong liking for tea. So since I love drinking tea, I become curious on what health benefits I could derived from it. After doing online readings...wow! I discovered the great wonders of drinking tea.
Here's a few:
Top Ten Health Benefits of Drinking Tea :
credit to : www.ivillage.com
- Tea contains anti oxidants.
- Tea has less caffeine than coffee.
- Tea may reduce the risks of heart attack and stroke.
- Tea protect your bones.
- Tea gives you a sweet smile.
- Tea bolsters your immune defenses.
- Tea protects against cancer.
- Tea helps keep you hydrated.
- Tea is calorie free.
- Tea increases your metabolism.
You might wonder why no. 5 was included, "Tea gives you a sweet smile". It's because tea itself actually contains fluoride and tannins that may keep plaque at bay. So add unsweetened tea drinking to your daily dental routine of brushing and flossing for healthier teeth and gums.
So after knowing these health benefits, who wouldn't love to drink tea?