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The next time you need a ‘pick me up’, go for the tea bag, not the coffee. There’s more to tea than meets the eye, or should I say the taste buds!

All tea is made from the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant which contains caffeine.  Other than being naturally low in calories and sugar free its other antioxidant properties, hydrating effects and detox abilities are all well documented.  But if you want to know the other specific benefits different types of tea can have on your health and fitness, put the kettle on and read this quickly before deciding which brew to chose!

Black Tea has many benefits, but perhaps a less known one which can improve health and fitness is that it contains an amino acid called L-theanine. L-theanine has been proven to help focus as it facilitates alpha activity within the brain. It is one of the main reasons as to why it is often reported that tea gives a more stable boost of energy in comparison to coffee. Our most popular black tea is Twentyfourseven which is an Indian Assam and Kenyan black tea, so if you are needing that tasty boost of lasting energy look no further!

Green Tea is one of the most popular teas due to its health benefits.   Like all tea it contains antioxidants and L-theanine which increase metabolic rate and fat burning as they mobilises free fatty acids (FFA’s) from tissues in the body allowing them to be burned as energy. The caffeine content helps physical performance by helping the flow of blood back to the heart allowing muscles to receive more oxygen and perform optimally.  Some of our most popular green teas include Refresher green which also contains some ginseng, Sencha green (Japanese) and our Beetroot Acai Matcha.

White Tea is rich in antioxidants as its full of polyphenols called catechins.  These help protect cells in the body from free radicals which can be harmful leading to increased potential of chronic inflammation and a deficient immune system.  Our favourite white teas at Twist are Strawberry & Rose and Passionfruit & Rose which are rich in flavour as they contain quality freeze-dried pieces of strawberry and passionfruit. They can be used as cold brews, brilliant for a delicious and healthy summer refreshment!

Herbal Tisanes are commonly called ‘teas’ although they don’t contain leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant.  They are made from a wide variety of fruit and herbs  with many having differ health benefits, so, I’ll give a brief insight into the benefits of a few of our most popular blends.  Our peppermint tea, Propermint contains menthol, which is a natural substance which assists muscle relaxation, and gives an almost cooling sensation.  Rooibos contains significantly high amounts of antioxidants, actually 50% more than Green Tea, and our delicious Pure Rooibos, Banana Shake, Lemon Drizzle and Mint Humbug blends all which contain rooibos taste delicious too.  Finally, our ginger tea, Ginger Snap contains around 60% pure ginger, which helps stimulate better digestion, cinnamon and liquorice which both have strong anti-inflammatory properties.

We don’t say ‘blends with benefits’ for no reason! Now, what benefits do you want in your next cuppa?

By Danny Rose, Health & Well Being.

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Something In The Water

Hydration

Drinking tea for hydration - Twist Teas

Considering humans are 60% water, it seems obvious hydration is important, yet around 60-75% of people do not take in the required fluids to perform at their best. For most of us, dehydration leads to headaches, difficulty in concentration, irritability, and dizziness. There is no doubt that staying properly hydrated is necessary for maintaining our physical health. The NHS recommends that we drink between six to eight glasses of fluid per day to stay hydrated[i]. Many people find water boring so can’t motivate themselves to drink it. Fortunately, Twist can help contribute to that fluid goal.

You may be curious to know if tea counts towards water intake. Tea that originates from the camellia sinesis plant naturally contains caffeine. Caffeine is a diuretic, meaning we need to pee more after consuming caffeine, but the experts are out in terms of whether drinking moderate amounts of tea will make us dehydrated or not. There’s absolutely no down side to Twist’s caffeine-free cold brews, fruit and herbal and rooibos blends, and while our black teas don’t hydrate quite as well as plain old water, if it helps you increase your liquid intake, that can only be a good thing.

So, what are the benefits of being properly hydrated?

Firstly, increased focus.As blood is 90% water, the more hydrated you are the easier the body will find it to transport it with oxygen-rich nutrients to the brain. This also adversely helps maintain blood pressure as without water the blood will become thicker, meaning it’s harder to transport. People often drink coffee for a boost of energy and focus, yet, due to its high caffeine content it is a slight diuretic if drunk a lot. Consider drinking a cup of Twist’s Choffee Mint tea instead, for a hit of coffee flavour with far less caffeine and more hydrating effects.

Secondly, reduction in joint pain.The role of a joint is to connect two or more bones together. Water helps lubricate the joints as the cartilage between is made up of around 80 percent water. Therefore, the more hydrated you are, the more flexible your joints are when moving. Arthritis is often the result of cartilage wearing away over a long period of time due to poor lubrication. This causes rubbing between the bones the joint, showing the importance of hydration. If drinking plain water is getting dull, try one of Twist’s cold brew teas. Perfect for enjoying during the warm summer months, our cold brew blends differ from traditional iced tea as they have no added sugar or artificial sweeteners and many of them are naturally caffeine-free.

Thirdly, weight loss.Water improves the effectiveness of the digestive system seeing fats being eliminated from the body more efficiently. It also boosts your metabolism and acts as an appetite suppressant. Maybe try switching out that fizzy drink, for a nice glass of water, or even better, a delicious herbal tea like Ginger Snap that has the flavour to match!

Tea to fuel your exercise regimeFinally, it helps exercise.During exercise we produce the energy needed through cellular respiration more specifically through Krebs Cycle. This is essentially the series of chemical reactions in the body to generate energy, and if you are dehydrated, Krebs cycle cannot work as efficiently, meaning you will have less energy to perform, leaving you tired and fatigued. After workouts, water helps flush out toxins such as lactic acid which is often what gives you aches within your muscles, meaning hydration will help speed up your recovery time.

Right. That was exhausting. Time for a brew…

[1] https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/the-eatwell-guide/

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