Friday, April 27

Food: Drink Yo Tea! Kampai to Skin and Overall Health


I LOVE TEA.
It is calming, steadfast and comforting. This is a post about all my adventures in drinking.


I have been drinking cups and cups of tea in different types and tea sets and situations. You can drink commercialized, pre-packaged or coffeeshop-prepared tea all you want but nothing really beats boiling water and steeping the tea bags yourself.

Sure, there are benefits of drinking tea, we all know that somehow these little packets do a lot of good to the body, but few know that it is excellent for the SKIN. You wouldn't mind a good boost in elasticity and firmness to your skin, would you? But more than that, there is a longer list of benefits when you drink tea everyday!

Tea with Le Kareshi
Aside from the benefits of tea, one of my favorite things is completing the tea prep. Above is my matching tea set. I use this on weekends or when I have people to have tea with. It is a 6-piece pot and cup flowery, spring-love thing and I adore it very much.The porcelain is perfect to keep the liquid scalding and it is very good with light brews!

Excerpts of "Tea Benefits" from TeaMuse.com
Aging
In a recent experiment carried out jointly by researchers from the US, Taiwan and Japan, mice which were fed tea displayed fewer signs of aging than mice that were fed water.


Bone Strength
Compared with nonhabitual tea drinkers, tea regulars had higher bone mineral densities, even after exercise and calcium-which strengthen bones-were taken into account. 


Cancer

A compound called EGCG, a powerful antioxidant in tea, inhibited an enzyme that cancer cells need in order to grow. The cancer cells that couldn't grow big enough to divide self-destructed.


Cholesterol
Levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol dropped 10 percent among the test subjects who drank tea. Vegetarian Times, Jan 2003

Weight Loss

Recent evidence shows that in the battle of fat loss, green tea may be superior to plain caffeine. According to a new study, green tea appears to accelerate calorie burning - including fat calories. Researchers suggest compounds in green tea called flavonoids may change how the body uses a hormone called norepinephrine, which then speeds the rate calories are burned. Joe Weider's Muscle & Fitness, April 2000
Tea is certainly something, isn't it?! I feel so relaxed when I drink it, even when I drink it at night and I finish a pot for myself, I somehow sleep very well! Because I work two jobs, there are also those stressful days... To combat it with a flourish, I use my Giovanni Valentino set to drink my tea with!:

Berry Tea: A whole day when I was working on pretty much EVERYTHING.
Milk Tea: When I stayed up very late to finish some workload and I was terribly lonely...
The Valentino is a beautiful blue china with blue flowers with gold lining. Nothing really cheers me up when this little thing is filled with tea! It's SOOOO pretty. I feel prettier when I drink from this. It makes me feel like I'm a princess (well, clearly I'm not but the tea cup looks like it's used only for royalty!) or I'm a character in one of my favorite shows, Downton Abbey. :D

Finished some stressful work just in time for the last drop of Earl Grey! Winding down with books...
Chilled apple, Barquillos and weak Milk Tea for DINNER, foo'!
 Tea is the second most drunk liquid in the WHOLE PLANET EARTH. So you don't have to feel "Oh I drink tea, I'm such a hipster." Wrong! Hipster drink is warm ginger ale. Tea makes you belong to the world as millions of people drink it every minute. Even in sickness, tea makes you feel better faster!
Playing around with a Nendoroid Miku when I was sick

Some of my boxes of tea that I like: My favorite is Yellow Label (when I have a lot of things on my mind) and Earl Grey (when I need that certain sophistication and the feeling that I can take over the world)... Fruit-infused teas are usually only prepared as requested by others, but I like them also!

Yellow Label (Hirameki), White tea (Strawberry and Vanilla Infused), Earl Grey, Wild Berry Herbal

One of my good friends gave me a packet of pure love: Rotbusch Tee in Vanilla. HOLY CRAP IT WAS SOO GOOD. WHAT. But I can't find it anywhhhheeerrrreeeee....


Sometimes when I can't be at home to fix myself a pot, I rely in various booths and establishments for my daily cup!

good old Hirameki Cup
Yellow Tea!
Random cold tea... This was Oolong, I think
Obviously a fruit-infused type...
I usually drink my tea straight/plain except when I am deeply depressed that I need milk in it. Fresh milk from the carton seems good enough, it makes the tea smell like a freshly-washed pillow and you just want to sleep in it.

I'm glad that malls and shops are offering a wider variety of tea nowadays, and even people are into the Bubble Tea craze. Still, I'd rather prefer to fix my own, but the world is so on-the-go...

Are you drinking tea? Tell me your fave! Keep healthy!

4 comments:

~tHiAmErE~ said...

I used to love drinking tea. I love jasmine green tea of all! It just smells so relaxing but unfortunately, after a month of drinking tea everyday (exceeding more than a pot of it) i developed breast lumps!
eeekkkk!!!!

my doc said that it's most probably due to the fact that my body is not used to caffeine (i don't drink coffee) & with the high caffeine intake it's no wonder.

i can't forget the fear that i felt when i touched that lump that i ward of tea off my life ever since... well, i try to drink tea once a month at least. haha!

Aicha Amano said...

Woah Thiamere, that sounds really bad! I'm sorry you had that :(

I don't have that reaction to caffein though, I usually just prepare a pot of it and I am a heavy coffee drinker but I am trying to wean a bit away from it.

Stay healthy!

Saving Capulet said...

oh i really really want to become a tea drinker and that has got to be the healthiest dinner ever! one time I drank chai and I hated it :I any recommendations for a coffee chocolate girl like me? :<

Aicha Amano said...

Coffee and Chocolate girl like me in the housssee! HAHAH! Oh, you hated chai? Maybe because of the bland flavor? There are so many varieties of tea that I can't even begin to start.

I started with Oolong tea, which has a mild grassy but energizing flavor! It is special if it is served almost scalding hot!

I would definitely recommend you try with Fruit infusions. If you are a berry girl, you should start with that. But if you like mild, warm flavors, go with vanilla or cinnamon tea! :)

It is very very healthy!