Time Poor. Tea Rich.

Patience is something I used to have more of. In fact, in certain situations I used to have it in droves. I’d be the one waiting calmly in line while people faffed about at the front of the queue (especially in airports – what on earth do people start chatting about when they get to the front?), I was always able to make scrambled eggs on the lowest heat so that they’d be as creamy as possible… even though it would take five times as long…

However, since having a baby, it’s quite extraordinary how little of this attribute I have left. I find myself running about at 100 miles an hour as soon as the day begins – when I get dressed I’m pulling on my trousers before my pants are all the way up. (I really want to use that rolling eyes emoji) and I have no time to stop, pause or wait, for anything. I’m making milk and blitzing sweet potato and freezing pureed apple and taking izzy out for naps and zzzzzzz…. And if I’m making scrambled eggs, I am making them FAST!

Builder's Tea

Photo: @lou_mac

BUT. The one thing I do have patience for still (and I suspect I always will) is every cup of tea I make. That first cuppa of the day is essential. It’s my beginning. It’s my power and strength and my peace and quiet. It’s my moment of calm and charges me up like a battery.

None of the tea’s magic would be effective however, if I didn’t brew it for adequate time. It would be a waste of all my effort (and yes, finding a clean mug requires EFFORT) much like opening the oven door too early when baking a cake. (And before you ask, yes, I’ve done this countless times).

Well brewed tea has some seriously amazing benefits – many of which I’ve touched on before, but for those of you who are new here, let me just take a moment to blow your mind, and you’ll understand why I’ve always found the time to brew my cuppa to perfection.

Tea

How do you prefer yours? Photo: @Rainclearsys

Number 1 – tea has the power to delay dementia.  Every three minutes, someone in the UK is diagnosed with dementia. There are 850,000 people living with the condition and this is expected to rise to more than a million by 2025 and to 2 million by 2051.[1]  There is no cure, but it is estimated that delaying the onset of dementia by five years would save 30,000 lives annually.[2] And there is a large body of evidence showing that people who drink tea on a regular basis are at reduced risk.

Data from the Singapore Longitudinal Ageing Study found that green tea reduced the risk of neurocognitive disorders by 57% and black and oolong teas cut it by 47%.[3]

Number 2 – Long-term tea consumption is also linked with reduced depressive and anxiety symptoms among community-living elderly. This was a study involving 614 people over the age of 60. About 59% of the people had drunk tea over 15 years.[4]

And finally, number 3 – our teeth! Dental experts are warning of a dental crisis! Record numbers of children are now having surgery to remove rotten teeth. In England alone, nearly 43,000 children are undergoing multiple extractions.[5]But don’t despair, for tea actually provides 70% of the UK’s dietary fluorideand protects against all three common causes of oral health issues: decay, gum disease and erosion.[6]It can even combat bad breath. WIN. One laboratory study reported a 40% reduction in dental decay risk and there is evidence it reduces inflammation, bone reabsorption and the growth of bacteria association with gum disease.[7]Magic.

As you can see, the benefits of tea are absolutely extraordinary, however as I said earlier, none of these benefits will occur if the tea isn’t brewed long enough for all the flavonoids and magical powers to get to work…So even if I’m running about like a loon, when it comes to my cuppa, I take the time to let it brew. Put my feet up and savour it.

It’s too important not to.

 


 

References

[1]https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/info/20027/news_and_ media/541/facts_for_the_media

 

[2]https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/info/20027/news_and_ media/541/facts_for_the_media

 

[3]https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27925140

 

[4]https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29405228

 

[5]https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jan/13/dentists-warn-of-child-tooth-decay-crisis-as-extractions-hit-new-high

 

[6]Department of Health, ‘Dietary Reference Values for Food Energy and Nutrients for the United Kingdom’, HMSO 1991

 

[7]https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27280653


 

This post was sponsored by the Tea Advisory Panel and all thoughts & opinions are my own.


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