When I started T Ching back in 2006, it was a direct result of my growing awareness about the health benefits of tea. Those of you who ever clicked on “about us,” are aware of this mission: “T Ching was born out of a concern for the declining state of health in the United States and abroad and the recognition that drinking tea was a simple and effective way to reverse that trend. A growing epidemic of diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease that are frequently caused or exacerbated by poor lifestyle choices, touches all members of society, including the youngest. Among the poor lifestyle choices – including unhealthy diets and a lack of exercise – that contribute to these diseases is the increased consumption of high-sugar beverages.”
Having been a psychologist for decades, I tried every way possible to help people to improve their health – both their mental health and their physical health as each plays off of the other. My success in being able to impact people’s physical health was frustrating at best. Despite my best efforts, people were not receptive to cleaning up their diets or including exercise as part of their daily routine. I came to believe that if people would make one small change – move away from high sugar beverages and replace it with tea – there was a potential to significantly improve their general health.
I remember the upset this focus on the health benefits of tea brought to T Ching. People accused me of not being a true tea person. Somehow, they perceived my zealousness about the health benefits as ignoring many other important aspects of tea – the ritual of tea, the taste of tea, the culture of tea and how these wonderful elements are enjoyed by tea lovers independent of any perceived health benefits. No matter what I said to highlight those other meaningful components, I felt dismissed and diminished.
Over the years, the health benefits of tea have reached the mainstream. This scientific information has had a profound impact on the adoption of tea by people around the world. It was with tremendous joy that I recently read that the youth of today are favoring tea over coffee.
In an article entitled American’s Youth Embrace Tea by Dan Bolton – here’s what made my day and I’m still smiling when I think about it.
“Aging Americans remain loyal to their cup of Joe but millennials are twice as likely to drink tea and more than a quarter of those under 30 say that they drink only tea.”
For me the message is simple. As people begin to take more responsibility for their health and wellness, they begin to embrace foods and beverages that enhance their goal of optimal health. Tea is a natural to join the health food movement. Above and beyond the profound health benefits, it’s delicious and fosters sharing and interpersonal relationships. All that in a cup of tea.