The Art Of Tea Drinking

When did tea drinking become an art?

First, let’s take a brief look at the history of tea in general.

I can’t believe how tea came into being. Would you believe it is destiny of some sort? Tea was discovered in China; and obviously, tea plants abound in China to begin with. Nobody knew at first how well a tea drink can be.

Legend says, yea, legend (which became history) began when Chinese Emperor Shen Nungfirst sampled the drink when some unidentified leaves fell into his pot of hot water.” Some kind of a fluke of medical history to expose the benefits of tea. This article on Pilot Guides further writes, “Allegedly, Shen Nung used to wander the country recording the effects of infusions made from the leaves and berries of various plants. He discovered that tea cured him of a stomach ache contracted as a result of drinking a toxic herb. It has since been scientifically proven that the polyphenols in tea inhibit the growth of bad bacteria in the gut, and helps good bacteria to flourish, along with having antimicrobial properties that can kill off harmful substances.

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Tea Drinking Benefits

Chinese were the first drinkers of tea. It was so for many hundreds of years before the European explorers found out about it. Tea became a commodity of exchange, of barter with products such as silk and porcelain.

What is profound about tea is its health benefits and religious offerings. The Japanese used tea more as part of their religion than as a healthy drink. The Japanese passed this tradition early on and continued until this time. The so-called Japanese Tea Ceremony is precisely what it does to tea drinkers; basically, to keep them awake during their meditations.

Today, many tea drinkers do so to get the general health benefits of tea.

According to Qi Sun, assistant professor Qi Sun, assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, “Tea consumption, especially green tea, may not be the magic bullet, but it can be incorporated in an overall healthy diet with whole grains, fish, fruits and vegetables, and less red and processed meat.”

Tea Drinking Is Good Because of Polyphenols

The Harvard School Of Public Health further added, “The main health-promoting substances in tea are polyphenols, in particular catechins and epicatechins. Lab and animal studies say these molecules have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Harvard-led studies of large groups of people over time have found that tea or coffee drinkers are at lower risk for diabetes and possibly cardiovascular disease. Coffee also contains polyphenols.”

The Art Of Tea Drinking

Some tea drinkers take tea as it is, without anything going with it. Some cultures, especially the British drinks tea together with cookies or pastries. Others, like the Chinese, take tea right after eating a heavy meal.

The benefits of tea drinking is augmented by the fact that if you consume tea with good superfoods, it does the body good.

At Chinese restaurants, tea is an after-served drink. Contrary to the western culture, tea drinking is on as needed basis. Except for the canned teas that circulate the market, I consider these as heavily sugar mixtures. I think it does more harm than good.

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