You can enjoy tea all year long. But in the colder months, it can provide added benefits for your mind and body. Find out about the numerous advantages of drinking tea in autumn and winter.
When autumn rolls around and the cold winter months are just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to really make oneself at home. Doesn’t it just feel great to sit back and relax in your home, perhaps with a good book and a cup of your favourite wintertime beverage? Let’s put the kettle on, because nothing is better than sipping on a nice steaming cup of tea in autumn and winter!
For many people, tea is their favourite brew, especially during the coldest months of the year—and for good reason: It tastes delicious, it keeps us warm, and benefits our body and soul in so many ways. Tea is also one of the healthiest beverages in the world.
Tea is particularly rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that provide a wealth of health benefits all year round. It has been linked to a reduced risk for heart disease, can lower cholesterol, boost metabolism, and help with inflammation. In the wintertime, when we’re at greater risk for viral and bacterial infections, tea boosts our immune defences and keeps illness at bay with its antiviral and antibacterial properties. Here are just some of the positive effects that make tea a great beverage for the colder months.
With the sun rising later in the day and the weather outside not always pleasant, it’s not surprising that some of us may have a difficult time getting energised in the morning. Not everyone likes the taste of coffee, and indulging in energy drinks for breakfast isn’t exactly the healthiest thing either. Here comes tea to the rescue! Just like coffee, tea contains caffeine, which can give you a much-needed boost when you wake up.
What makes tea a great choice if you have a hard time waking up is that it contains less than half the caffeine of a cup of coffee, and has a milder affect on your body. While a cup of coffee can make you nervous and jittery, tea energises you in a more relaxed way, and without any negative side effects. So, rather than making you feel wired, tea can give you a more balanced boost for the day. In addition, tea is also easier on your body and digestive system since it is less acidic than coffee.
In the hot summer months, we usually drink much more water to prevent dehydration. But in autumn and winter, we tend to forget that we should continue to drink lots of fluids. This is the reason that we’re actually more at risk of getting dehydrated during the colder times of the year. Drinking tea will help you stay hydrated in the winter months.
In the past, it was believed that the caffeine in tea would dehydrate the body, but recent studies have shown that this is not the case. A study published in The Journal of the American College of Nutrition compared hydration levels in people drinking tea with when they were drinking the same amount of water. The study “found no significant differences in the effect of various combinations of beverages on hydration status of healthy adult males”. They concluded that only excessive drinking of caffeinated beverages (that is, if you drink more than 10–11 cups of tea per day) would have a dehydrating effect. In other words, when you drink tea in moderation, it will hydrate you as well as water!
Tea is the ideal beverage for the colder season because this is the time of the year when we’re particularly susceptible to catching a cold or the flu. When you’re feeling under the weather, say if you have a sore throat or you feel like a cold may be coming on, tea can help you with its healthful properties. The flavonoids and antioxidants in tea soothe your throat and fight inflammation.
Antioxidants are especially useful during the flu season when your body needs nutrients to fight off sickness. This way, tea boosts your immune defences and provides your body with strength to fend off bacterial and viral infections.
Tea also contains the amino acid L-theanine, which along with many other healthful benefits, is believed to support the body’s immune system. One study published in the journal Beverages found that L-theanine helps with upper respiratory tract infections. L-theanine has also been shown to provide relief for sinus infections as it helps to soften mucus. It can also improve the quality of your sleep.
The shorter days at the end of the year and the lack of natural sunlight can affect our mood. Even people who don’t normally suffer from mental health issues can sometimes suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) in winter. If you drink tea, it can actually lower your risk for depression. A report published in the New York Times in 2015 that analysed 11 studies with 23,000 participants found that just three cups of tea per day can decrease the risk for depression by 37%. Drink tea to stay in good spirits, even in the darker months!
Tea doesn’t just energise you when you have trouble getting out of bed in the morning. What makes tea special is that it provides its stimulating effect while keeping you calm and relaxed. In the morning, it powers you up and gives you energy for the day. And later in the afternoon, a nice cup of tea can be just what you need should you find yourself in a mid-day slump.
If you’re one of those folks who enjoys the many activities that go on in fall, from hayrides to pumpkin patches to visiting your local farmers market, tea is perfect when you want to warm up again. And in winter, outdoor activities like skiing or sledding can be twice as enjoyable if you know that a hot cup is waiting for you at home.
Black teas (Uzuma Meraki tea) and green teas (Uzuma Mangata tea) both contain a wealth of beneficial ingredients, so which one you choose to drink is all up to personal taste! Some people like the bolder taste of black tea while others prefer green tea for its more subtle and fresh taste.
If you feel a cold coming on, Uzuma Mangata tea can be recommended since green tea is particularly rich in antioxidants. Research has shown that the polyphenols in green tea can stop viruses from replicating, so it is uniquely effective at combating the symptoms and triggers of illnesses like the common cold.
Uzuma Mangata tea also contains ginger and lemongrass. Ginger can help relieve chest and nasal congestion, and has a pleasant spiciness to it that feels refreshing when you’re sick. Likewise, lemongrass is also well-known for its healing properties. It helps you flush out wastes from your body and supports good digestive health, to name but a few of its benefits.
Black tea like Uzuma Meraki contains essentially the same healthful compounds that are in green tea, just in somewhat lower amounts. But you can brew black tea in hotter water and have it steep longer than green tea to maximise the healthy ingredients in your cup.
Black tea benefits overall good health; it boosts your metabolism and improves the function of your kidneys. Just like green tea, it contains antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Black tea is notably rich in L-theanine, which supports your immune system, making it a good choice for autumn and winter.
Our Uzuma Meraki tea also contains rose petals and vanilla. Rose petals have a purifying effect and can even lift your mood. No chance for the gloomy weather to bring you down! And if you think you might be getting sick, the vanilla in Meraki tea can inhibit the growth of bacteria.
Both of our teas make excellent brews that you can enjoy not just in the colder months; they are delicious and healthful beverages that can be experienced all throughout the year!