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7 Surprising Healthy Tea Benefits

7 Surprising Healthy Tea Benefits

Being one of the oldest drinks in the world, it is difficult to nail down exactly when drinking tea originated. The history of tea spans thousands of years, but likely began at least 1000 years BCE, during the Shang dynasty in China. The plant itself first emerged in Southeast Asia, then quickly spread throughout the Eastern half of the globe. While ancient folklore often guessed at healthy tea benefits, modern science has uncovered and confirmed some surprising advantages. Though perks are largely related to the type of tea consumed, these seven benefits will have you in love with this unique drink, all over again.

Caffeine Makes For Healthy Tea

An exciting correlation between tea and improved health relates to caffeine intake. In a study of 13,540 individuals, caffeine from all types of tea and coffee were found to decrease the likelihood of developing diabetes.  Keep in mind that high levels of sugar and fat can increase your chance of diabetes. To benefit from this healthy tea advantage, make sure not to load too much cream or sugar into your mug with your tea bag.

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Green Tea Improves Eye Health

In a 2010 study conducted in Hong Kong, green tea was found to positively affect eye tissue. Found concentrated mostly in the retina tissue, this study suggests that green tea may keep your eyes healthy, plus promote healthy tissue growth. The component of tea responsible is called catechin, a naturally occurring antioxidant. High quantities of this antioxidant in eye tissue is one healthy tea benefit worthy raising a cup to.

White Tea Is Healthy Tea Too

White tea is high in polyphenols, another healthy tea component with antioxidant effects. The polyphenols specific to white tea may help strengthen elastin and collagen growth. Great news for those of use who fear increasing wrinkles, white tea was found to fight signs of aging more effectively than any other plant tested. In this study, green tea was also found to aid in healthy elastin and collagen growth, though nearly half as effectively as white tea.

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Black Tea For Your Heart

In several studies, black tea has been found to positively impact your heart health. In one study, the antioxidant flavonoids found in black tea had a direct effect on increasing flexibility in individuals arteries. This means that black tea helps to keep your arteries dilated – an important component in a healthy heart. Additionally, black tea flavonoids were found to decrease chemical levels that may contribute to heart disease. This is particularly good news for people more prone to heart problems than others.

White Tea Fights Cancer

Other studies have found white tea has powerful anti-carcinogen effects. White tea definitely helps inhibit cancer growth, an easy way to help yourself stay healthy. Though these studies find tea is effective against many types of cancer, tea is by no means a miracle cure. Instead, tea is a powerful supplement to keep your body functioning at maximum capacity.

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Healthy Tea Helps Fight Parkinson’s

In a 2007 study of nearly 30 000 people, drinking three or more cups of tea daily was shown to decrease an individuals likelihood of developing Parkinson’s Disease. The study looked at both men and women, and adjusted for ulterior factors such as cholesterol, exercise, gender, and smoking habits. Another great excuse to reach for another cup of healthy tea.

Green Tea For Healthy Bones

Another green tea superpower is protecting your bone health. In one laboratory study, green tea was found to positively impact bone density in both high fat and low fat diets. Antioxidant polyphenols to the rescue once again, this study found that green tea consumption also helped fat free tissue growth in the high fat diet group. Whether you are a beginner at caring for your health, or a true health guru, tea has something to offer you.

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Last Updated on November 17, 2019

20 Creative Ways To Say Thank You

20 Creative Ways To Say Thank You

Saying, “Thank you,” can be difficult to do. Some things just demand a little something extra because of the magnitude of the favor or the depth of appreciation involved. But what can you do to say thank you in a meaningful way? Sometimes you have to get a little more creative than just firing off an email. Here are 20 creative ways to say thank you that your friends and family will remember and cherish!

1. Make a gift bag.

A unique, homemade gift bag with a custom label or a note is a simple but heartfelt way to show your appreciation for the wonderful things your friends or family have done for you.

2. Give a toast.

Many people fear public speaking more than death, giving this particular thank-you a little extra meaning. Composing a sincere, eloquent toast and delivering it is a nice way to show appreciation that truly comes from the heart.

3. Write a poem.

“Roses are red, violets are blue…” Uh, you could write that...but why not put a little extra zing in it? Find out what their favorite kind of poetry is: haiku, free verse, iambic pentameter, and so on. (Google them if you don’t know what they are.) Then write one that expresses why they deserve your thanks…and why you’re glad to give it!

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4. Create your own labels.

There are a number of websites that offer custom gift labels. Find one that fits your personality and that of your friends and create a personalized thank-you label!

5. Give a gift card.

Sometimes choosing what to give a friend can be tough. A gift card is a good way to get around this problem. As always, be sure to include a personalized note or card thanking the recipient for their friendship and help.

6. Send a letter.

Snail-mail is a largely lost art form. Don’t worry about how long the letter is, though. What really matters here is that you took the time to put pen to paper and express your feelings sincerely and honestly!

7. Use social media to send a special message.

If someone’s done something you think the whole world should know about, why not put out a social media blast? Use your blog, your Facebook, your Google+ account, and your Twitter to spread the word about why this person’s someone your friends will want to know too!

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8. Make your own digital greeting card.

While an email isn’t always the best way to go when saying thank you, a digital greeting card that you put time and effort into creating can really brighten someone’s day! Make the card reflect the recipient’s personality and compose a short message of thanks for their generosity.

9. Make a YouTube video.

Sometimes, actually hearing someone say, “Thank you,” can make all the difference. Why not take it a step further and create a special video of thanks for your friends, family, and those special people who helped make your day so important…or who helped you through that rough time?

10. Deliver cookies or candies.

Making something yourself is a fun and delightful way to say thank you to someone. Create a sampling of baked goods or homemade candies and decorate them with a simple message, or make them so they form letters! (Think Valentine’s candies, only situationally appropriate.) Attach a thank-you note or label and surprise those special people with the gift of your time and creativity.

11. Make surprise gifts for guests.

There’s no need to wait until “later” to send a thank-you message. Why not do it at the time? Create little gift packets or bags for your guests with surprises inside. This is a great way to say thanks to the people who attended your event, and make sure they won’t want to miss the next one!

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12. Put together a flower basket.

Whether you prefer fresh or artificial flowers, assembling a flower basket with a thank-you note is an excellent way to brighten someone’s day and show you appreciate them.

13. Take a picture.

Sometimes capturing the moment is the best way to put a smile on someone’s face. Have someone take a picture of you receiving that special gift or opening that surprise package and send the giver a copy with a quick but sincere note to say thanks!

14. Repay their generosity by paying it forward.

The best gifts come from the heart, and the best way to repay a gift is to pay it forward. If your friend has a special cause they care about or something they believe in passionately, why not make a donation in their name or volunteer some of your time to the cause? This will mean more than any number of cookies, candies, or thank-you notes because you’re taking your friend’s love and spreading it around to others.

15. Do something special for them.

Take them out to dinner. (See “make a toast.”) Give them that movie they’ve been wanting forever. Cook them dinner and give them a present when they arrive. Any of these are good options for showing someone you really appreciate them and how grateful you are to have them in your life.

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16. Reciprocate their help.

Everyone needs help sometime. Whether it’s holding their hand through a particularly traumatic incident or helping them replace the alternator in their car, being there when they need it shows you remember what they did for you and how much it meant. It also shows that you’re willing to be just as good a friend to them as they were to you!

17. Be there for them.

Not every thank-you gesture has to be a grand public spectacle. Sometimes just giving them a place to come hang out when they’re lonely or showing up to offer them a sympathetic shoulder means the world to a person.

18. Listen to them.

Listening is almost as lost an art as the handwritten letter. When your friend or family member needs to talk, listen to them. Ask questions when appropriate, but just letting them know you’re there and paying attention to them to the exclusion of all else for a little while is a great way to say thank you for the times they listened to you.

19. Say it in another language…or two…

A simple thank you is great…but why not spice it up a little? Instead of just saying, “Thank you,” write or make a video of you telling them thank you in different languages. Some examples might be, “Gracias! Merci! Danke schoen! Spasibo! Mahalo!” and any other ways or languages you can think of. (The ones listed above are Spanish, French, German, Russian, and Hawaiian, in case you were wondering.) If you want to really get tricky about it, say a short phrase in each language that conveys why you’re thanking them!

20. Show them some love.

A simple touch, a hug, or helping out when they need it without being asked may be the most powerful gratitude message you can send. Offer to take the dogs for a walk, sit for the kids for a few hours, or run to the grocery store so they don’t have to. The little things are often the most important and meaningful. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still send a note, but sometimes your simple presence and willingness to help is all that really matters.

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