It’s National Iced Tea Day and I thought, why not talk about the health benefits of iced tea today. National Iced Tea is celebrated on the 10th of June every year. It is a day set aside to celebrate tea and its awesome benefits.
What is Iced Tea?
Iced tea (or ice tea) is a form of cold tea. Although it is usually served in a glass with ice, it can refer to any tea that has been chilled or cooled. It may be sweetened with sugar, syrup and/or apple slices. Iced tea is also a popular packaged drink which can be mixed with flavored syrup and with multiple common flavors including lemon, apple, raspberry, passion fruit, strawberry or cherry. I don’t know about you, but I have had some of the popular packaged iced teas and they were absolutely amazing. While I loved drinking them, I was unaware that there were health benefits attached.
Health Benefits of Iced Tea
Iced Tea keeps you hydrated
Do you know that dizziness, lightheadedness, and tiredness are symptoms of dehydration and, if allowed to persist, can cause other serious problems? I wouldn’t want to put it straight out there but yeah, I guess I’ll just do that. Next time you’re feeling tired or dizzy, take a cup of iced tea or at least get yourself a glass of water. Hydration is essential not only for your body but your brain as well and one of the best ways to keep hydrated asides water, is through the intake of iced tea. What makes it seem to be better than water can be found in the next point.
Iced tea contains antioxidants
Antioxidants are phytochemicals or chemicals that protect healthy tissues from oxidants, also called free radicals. These free radicals can damage cells and cause diseases. Examples of antioxidants are vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, etc, that can be found in vegetables and fruits. Remember our description of iced tea? Iced tea is made with fruits and plants which are contained in the tea bag. Now when you take iced tea, you also consume these antioxidants which are very good for the body. What are you still waiting for? Iced tea wayyyy.
Iced tea helps reduce stress
Do you get stressed easily at work or in school?
If you get stressed easily, then iced tea is your go-to because research has shown that it reduces anxiety and stress levels.
Iced Tea helps your heart
Research has shown that people who take iced tea are less likely to have a heart attack than those who don’t. It helps prevent heart disease.
Iced Tea protects your immune system
The antioxidants and nutrients found in tea are known to stimulate the function of the immune system, making it easier for the body to defend against pathogens and infections. Some bottled forms of iced tea also fortify their mixtures with ascorbic acid (vitamin C), which can further increase the strength of the immune system.
Now that you know the health benefits of iced tea, it’s National Iced Tea day and a good day to treat yourself to a cup of iced tea. You could buy any of the packaged ones that are sold or prepare one yourself. You don’t need to break the bank to prepare iced tea.
How to prepare iced tea
You need just 4 ingredients
- Tea bags
- Just a little baking soda
Put the tea bags in a glass.
Add boiling water to it and leave it for 5 -7 minutes
Add little baking soda to the mix
Stir and allow to cool in a refrigerator or add ice.
Ta-da. Your iced tea is ready. You can add slices of lemon or apple or other fruits of your choice to it.
How to Celebrate National Iced Tea Day
Buy or prepare one for yourself
Take some time to treat yourself to a glass or bottle of iced tea. You deserve it!
Host an afternoon iced tea party
Even if you’re just reading this, you could buy or prepare iced tea and take it with family and friends. Laugh and have a nice time.
Happy National Iced Tea Day. Have a wonderful day of iced tea.
Did you enjoy reading this post? Have you had iced tea before? Let me know in the comment section.