As the winter approaches, many of us turn to tea and coffee throughout our day. Is this a bad decision? Are these drinks actually dehydrating as some believe? Here is a quick explanation of the benefits and disadvantages of these hot drinks.
photo by Mo Riza
Research has shown that drinking three or four cups of tea a day can cut down your chances of having a heart attack. It can help prevent type 1 diabetes and also slow the progression if you’ve already got this issue. For those who drink black tea four times a day for six weeks, research has found that it can lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. It also has fluoride which protects the teeth.
Now, green tea in particular is supposed to help against lung cancer and reduce the risk of oesophageal cancer in women by as much as 60%. Both green and white tea can also help with aging, as they have anti-oxidants.
White tea has also found to help prevent obesity.
Now, some of the disadvantages of tea include that it may contain pesticides, even if it’s labeled as organic. Drinking large quantities of tea could inhibit the absorption or iron in the body because of the tannin in the tea. Caffeinated teas can cause anxiety and a rise in blood pressure. And if you add milk to your tea, you just might cancel out the benefits it has against cancer.
Coffee has been found, by researchers, to help prevent type 2 diabetes and to protect the liver against liver damage and liver cancer. It can decrease the risk of gout for men over 40 and may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. It improves short term memory and reaction times and can reduce the risk of heart disease.
The disadvantage of coffee include that it creates tooth discoloration and decreases blood flow to the heart. For women who are pregnant, it can lead to still births and premature birth (in large quantities).