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It’s been said that tea is beneficial to the body. Incorporating tea into your everyday life can help with weight loss, high blood pressure, and other health issues.

When people say they don’t like tea, what’s probably happening is that they haven’t gotten the chance to explore the wonderful world of tea. These folks don’t know about all the different types of tea and the magic tea can do for your body. Perhaps these humans do not drink tea because they’re on the coffee side of the caffeine spectrum.

Next time you have to stop at Starbucks, just keep in mind that the more coffee you consume the more cortisol, (an enzyme that increases the rate at which your body retains fat) is released.

Fear not, weight watchers, yerba mate is here to save the day. Yerba mate is a plant that grows in South America. This is one type of tea that a lot of the people who are trying to quit coffee switch over to, because it has a significant amount of caffeine and it is lacking in the enzyme responsible for the caffeine crashes.

If mate isn’t your cup of tea- pun intended- there is a plethora of options. Black, green, oolong, and pu-erh are just a handful of other caffeinated teas. Depending on the time of day or how much caffeine you have already consumed, there’s a tea for that.

Black, green and white teas all come from the same plant, Camellia sinensis, which is native to Asia. The reason they’re different is because they’re picked at different times throughout growth.

White teas are harvested first, which means they contain the least amount of caffeine and the most amount of antioxidants. Black teas are picked last so they contain the most amount of caffeine and the least amount of antioxidants. Green teas fall in the middle. Regardless, all of these teas are beneficial in their own individual way.

You’ve probably heard at least once in your life to drink tea when you’re sick. This is true, and there are different teas that help to ease different types of illnesses.

Rooibos is a popular tea from South Africa that is known for working with the digestion system while it is working to help keep water weight off. Also, rooibos is not caffeinated so it is a perfect after lunch or dinner to soothe a stomach ache or settle your food.

Another caffeine free tea is tulsi, or holy basil. This tea is native to India and it helps to naturally balance out your stress levels, perfect during the semester right before bed. Some people use it as a homeopathic remedy for airplane nervousness.

There’s so much to know about tea, I could go on and on but if you want to learn some more for yourself check out this website for some more neat facts. And remember, keep it klean out there!

-Michelle Brignoli

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