As many of you have read, heard or have seen on TV, tea is the focus of many long hours of research. If imbibed, this liquor is said to contain what appears to be almost miraculous properties – from its ability to facilitate weight loss, prevent cancer and boost the immune system, the list of tea’s magical properties appears to be growing. But why else should we designate part of our lives to enjoying this drink of Kings and Queens, Emperors and Empresses? Well, simply, because you deserve it!
In the daily bustle of life, it is often too easy to lose ourselves in our jobs, kid’s soccer practices, finances or the other numerous issues which seem to always be dangling on the tips of our brains. It seems our psych-defenses are constantly on duty waiting for the other shoe to drop; we’re living a life of organized chaos. Pfft! And how can tea possibly help?
The simple act of making a cup can improve our quality of life. Tea has a way of connecting us back to our inner self by slowing us down for just a moment, helping us reflect on our past decisions and providing clarity for our next. Despite the many advances in technology, there is not yet any technology that can replenish the soul. Sipping on a cup of liquid solitude and reading just a few paragraphs from the book you’ve been meaning to read may be just the thing to make sense of it all. It is a way of doing something for you, which does not require extensive preparation. It is a way to remind yourself that – yes, you matter.
I know, I know, there will always be folks who will need hardcore evidence to do anything. Well, along with the growing litany of health benefits that tea has accumulated thus far, scientific studies have also found that there may be a true physiological reason why tea can sweep us away to a better yonder. Interestingly, tea leaves or ‘Camellia Sinensis’, are one of two substances on earth that contain the chemical compound L-Theanine. Studies on L-Theanine have found that this amino acid can help us focus and concentrate more effectively. Studies have also found that L-Theanine is a powerful mood elevator. Best of all, it is totally benign with no known side-effects!
So, the next time you feel overwhelmed and have 15 minutes – try getting the kettle on, closing your eyes for a second, take a few deep breaths and……sip.
Disclaimer: This is not intended as medical advice. Please consult your physician for your particular needs.
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