Reading your tea leaves


I’ve gone deep into the world of tea and science and the magical powers it can bestow upon our bodies and brains and although you may see the word ‘science’ and want to run away, please don’t! I’m talking about tea! We all love pot of tea. Or a mug, a cup, a flask… however you take yours, the powers within are just the same.

In my last post I explained the process whereby the power of tea can actually change the bacteria in your gut (for the better, I should add)… and this is called a prebiotic effect. So clever. (So sciency. Are you feeling smug? Bring this up at your next Zoom dinner party – you’ll blow their minds). 


Another fact for you – did you know that black and green tea both come from the same plant? The reason they aren’t the same is because they are processed differently and both have their own unique ways of interacting with and benefiting our guts.

Dr Carrie Ruxton, dietitian for the Tea Advisory Panel (TAP) explains that: “Tea has a prebiotic effect in the gut thanks to the polyphenols it contains. And with research[i] showing 36% are willing to pay more for products that boost our digestive health, it seems like a far cheaper alternative to boil up a brew!”

I couldn’t agree more. And if you’re wondering how exactly tea can benefit your health, here are my top 3:

  1. Helps tackle dental decay – your gut health actually starts in your mouth! Tea’s anti-microbial properties can help prevent dental decay and bad breath.
  2. Immunity help – our immune systems have never been more at the front of our brains and green, oolong, black and pu-erh teas have been shown to strengthen immunity.
  3. Reduce obesity – lockdown has certainly meant I’ve stopped moving about as much and I’ve definitely been more conscious about what’s going into my body (she says, while eating a bag of chocolate buttons, but still) and emerging research shows how both green and black tea positively adjusted the bacteria in the gut, that’s associated with obesity. 

So, there you have it. Drink more tea!


Any while the wonders of tea and good gut health continue to emerge, the lovely tea science experts at the Tea Advisory Panel have been telling me about some new research that will be coming out very soon about how tea helps optimise our brain and mind health, as well as tackling stress and anxiety, improving mood and helping with focus and attention… 

Is there anything tea can’t help our bodies achieve? Honestly? I’m not sure there is…my kettle is on and my gut, brain, body and mind are thrilled about it.

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