Apart from water, tea is one of the most natural beverages known to man. Besides, tea is a pleasant way for our bodies to get the amount of fluid necessary for good health.
Besides containing a high amount of vitamins and minerals, tea also:
A mild stimulant
- Acts as a diuretic and therefore helps kidney as well as colon functions
- Aids digestion by stimulating the body's digestive juices. Tea also helps the stomach muscles' action and takes the 'heaviness' out of a meal.
- Helps to replace fluids after exercise. After exerting itself, the body absorbs warm drinks like tea better and more quickly than cold drinks.
The stimulating attributes of tea is a fact well acknowledged. Early historical documents record the practice of ancient Buddhist monks drinking tea to keep them alert during meditation.
Tea contains caffeine which stimulates the central nervous system and respiratory function. It also influences the metabolic processes of all body cells.
The average cup of tea contains approximately 40mg of caffeine, half the amount contained in an average cup of coffee. Having 5 – 6 cups of tea a day is equal to an intake of 200 – 225mg of caffeine, an amount considered moderate.
This degree of caffeine is just enough for the beverage to stimulate immediately yet in a more subtle manner. That's why a steaming cup of tea instantly comforts the body without over-stimulating the mind.
Tea also contains some milder stimulants known as theophylline and theobromine which acts in the same way as caffeine. In larger doses, they promote diurese (the natural waste disposal systems of the body) and aids coronary artery dilation to stimulate the heart and help blood circulation. These substances also help relax the muscles.