As most regular readers know, I’m a huge fan of Dr. Andrew Weil – the Father of Complementary Medicine. I saw him on the Dr. Oz show a few weeks ago and, once again, he mentioned the addition of tea to a healthy diet. Today I came across his daily health tip and found him touting tea once again. His post was about four healthy beverages that should be consumed daily and guess what was Number 1 on his list – TEA – no real surprises there. Here’s what he had to say:
“1. Green tea. My beverage of choice, green tea is a potent source of catechins – healthy antioxidants that can inhibit cancer cell activity and help boost immunity. Replace your morning coffee with a cup of tea for a healthier wake-up.”
In case you’re wondering what the other three healthy beverages were, you’ll need to check them out yourself.
I thought it was quite interesting that when speaking of red wine, he discouraged people from starting to drink wine if they already weren’t wine drinkers. He’s the first physician whom I’ve ever heard include that caveat. As alcohol is an addictive drug, I think it’s quite responsible not to encourage this beverage. A certain percentage of people will develop an addiction to alcohol and since there are so many other ways to get the health benefits of this particular drink, I’m impressed that he made such a recommendation. Yes, wine is wonderful, but drinking it occasionally is the best bet, I believe. It can make a delicious addition to dinner out without the risk of becoming dependent upon it.
I had dinner out last weekend with an old friend who casually mentioned that she’s restricted her wine consumption to Friday nights. She’d discovered that she’d been drinking it daily with dinner and felt it was in her best interests to limit it at this point in her life.
What’s wonderful about tea is that you can drink it many, many times throughout the day, each and every day, knowing that you’re doing a great thing for your body, mind, and spirit. There’s no such thing as too much tea. If you’re drinking good-quality whole leaf tea, resteeping it throughout the day will ensure that your caffeine in-take isn’t too high. It just can’t get any better than that. With essentially unlimited varietals, there’s always a new taste sensation to experience. God bless tea.