Non-medicinal benefits of tea
Written by: Tamarin Howse, Better Tea
Something working in tea’s favour is that there are several benefits of drinking tea that are unrelated to the medicinal qualities of the tea itself. In other words, the simple act of drinking nearly any kind of decaffeinated tea can have a fairly unique impact on your ability to reduce your anxiety. The following are very real benefits of drinking tea, even if the tea has zero medicinal value:
Any excuse to drink more liquids is a good excuse. Your body needs to be hydrated when you have anxiety. Many people with anxiety don’t drink enough water, and this always makes anxiety symptoms worse. Drinking any type of beverage can be helpful, but tea, especially, is a healthy drink that has no additives that can contribute to poorer health. That makes it a smart drink to add to your diet.
Drinking tea is also a slow, calm activity. That is something more people with anxiety need. They need an opportunity to sit back and allow themselves to relax. You can’t run around with your tea. The simple act of drinking tea is the type of naturally calming activity that can be very healthy for the spirit.
Finally, drinking tea becomes part of a routine, and routines themselves are naturally relaxing. Chances are you’ll pour yourself a cup of tea regularly and sit down with a paper or the TV and simply enjoy your life. That routine may not be an anxiety cure on its own, but every little bit helps.
There are also the potential benefits of antioxidants that may be beneficial for overall health, and when your body is healthy your anxiety is less prone to extreme fluctuations.
None of these are medicinal in any way, and none of these are cures for anxiety. But every little bit helps, and these additional benefits of drinking tea are very real and beneficial for those that are suffering.