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Top 10 Reasons to Drink Tea Other than ALL the Feel-Good Ones

Last month, Lynn Grieger of yourtotalhealth, a service provided by NBC and iVillage, reported the top 10 health benefits of drinking tea:

  1. Tea contains antioxidants, which protect your body.
  2. Tea has less caffeine than coffee.  According to the article, coffee has two to three times more caffeine, which can lead to the jitters, headaches and sleeplessness.
  3. Tea may reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke.
  4. Tea protects your bones.
  5. Tea gives you healthier teeth and gums.
  6. Tea boosts your immune system.
  7. Tea protects against cancer.
  8. Tea helps you keep hydrated.  It turns out caffeinated beverages like tea really don’t have an adverse effect on hydration and research has shown, they contribute to fluid needs as long as you don’t drink more than 5 or 6 cups at one time.
  9. Tea is calorie-free.
  10. Tea increases your metabolism.

As Ms. Grieger challenges, “see if you’re ready to change your Starbucks order!”

What Your Tea Says About You

Is there a link between your tea preferences and your personality type? Some might argue there is. iVillage has introduced a light-hearted listing that attempts to identify personality traits based on a tea lover’s favored flavors.

Take, for example, Earl Grey fans. Like the delicate aroma of your favorite tea, your feelings are easily bruised, although you “thrive on positive criticism.”

Those who prefer fruit-flavored teas, however, are all about fun and frivolity. Still, even you have a need to unwind occasionally and then “relaxation becomes very important.”

Have a penchant for green tea? iVillage speculates that you are “at one with yourself.” And, if you enjoy your tea on ice, you “are the personification of reserved dignity, a perfect model of self-restraint and control.”

If these descriptions are not ringing true for you, don’t be surprised, because the listings are all in good fun. Still, like a good fortune cookie, there’s a bit of wisdom in every one. Like this sage advice for black tea drinkers, “Kick back and try going with the flow; you never know what you might see from this different perspective.” That’s good advice for all of us.

Not finding your favorite on the list? Read the full article here.