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January is National Hot Tea Month – Warm Your Soul

January has been designated as National Hot Tea Month. A study that was published in the American Journal of Nutrition promoted the drinking of green tea, by stating that it prevents viral infections, and aids in weight loss.  The potential benefits of adding tea to our diets, an easy and inexpensive addition to our daily lives, may aid in the ongoing battle of the bulge and increase the body’s immunity to colds and flu.

One recent study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that substances in tea may even promote weight loss by increasing the amount of energy spent by the body. The theory is that green tea, because of the catechin (pronounced “cat E kins”) content, has thermogenic properties that promote fat oxidation, may work together with other chemicals to increase weight loss. With more than half of all Americans suffering from excess weight or obesity this is welcome news.

While looking so much better from drinking tea we also have the opportunity to feel better than our coffee drinking counterparts. Research reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that people who drank 3 cups of black tea per day produced 5 times the amount of germ-fighting cells than those who drank coffee, suggesting that tea drinkers have more ability to fight viral infections such as colds and flu than non tea drinkers.

According to the Tea Association of the USA, Americans consumed more than 79 billion servings, (3.60 billion cups) of tea in 2012. 86% was black tea, with only 16% the healthier green tea. National tea month is a good time to increase your consumption of hot tea. And improve your health in the process.

“January’s National Hot Tea Month can serve as a reminder to do something healthy for ourselves, like brew a hot cup of tea, which may provide a variety of health benefits, serve as a weight loss aid and help to ward off persistent cold and flu germs,” said Joe Simrany, president of the Tea Council of the USA. “What more could you ask for in a beverage.”

Celebrate National Hot Tea Month with Women’s Bean Project and Ceylon Pearl Tea.  Ceylon Pearl Tea is a Colorado Proud local wholesale, retail, and online gourmet/upscale tea supplier located in Southeast Denver, Colorado.  Their commitment to ending the cycle of poverty for women in Sri Lanka and to create an environment which encourages the economic self-sufficiency of women fits right in line with our mission at Women’s Bean Project.  Now, when you buy origin tea from us, it helps to create a bridge between the women in Sri Lanka and those of us here at Women’s Bean Project.

Resources:  Teasetc.comYahoo!Voices and Women’s Bean Project.

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