Beating the Summer Heat with Green Tea
Almost everyone loves the fun associated with summer, but you have to be careful in the heat! Whether you’re enjoying active sports, working in the garden, or just relaxing in the shade, it’s important to stay hydrated during the summer months.
When temperatures reach into the 80s, heatstroke and dehydration can be dangerous. Fortunately, it’s easy to fix. Just drink enough liquids like green tea and you can beat the summer heat!
Staying Hydrated and Cool
Scientists advise that the best way to stay adequately hydrated is to drink at least 4 liters of fluid per day. However, not all fluids are best. While you might be tempted to grab a bottle of fruit juice or a soft drink, both can raise sugar levels in the body.
Many carbonated beverages can actually cause more harm than good. The harm comes in the form of an increased chance of obesity, diabetes, bone loss and tooth erosion, and osteoporosis.
As we have pointed out here on our blog, drinking green tea has many benefits beyond hydration. Other than water, green tea is one of the best alternatives because it not only keeps you hydrated, it can provide powerful antioxidants, such as epigallocatechin-3 gallate or EGCG.
Before your next hot summer day, why not brew up a pot of our Sir Jason Winters Green Herbal Tea (G.H.T) in the morning, add ice, and keep it on hand in your refrigerator? Or try the added convenience of our Pre-Brewed Green Herbal Tea. Just use one teaspoon per pint. In a tall glass filled with ice, few things can beat it!
Hot Tea – in the Summer?!
While iced tea didn’t get its start until the World’s Fair of 1904, since that time, we’ve discovered lots of different ways to stay cool with the goodness of tea. Believe it or not, in hot climates around the world, such as Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, and India, tea is traditionally served hot.
Today, the debate still rages about whether hot or cold tea is best and the overall benefits of each. The tradition of hot tea year-round may have started back in the heyday of the British Empire; however, if you are fortunate enough to be invited as a guest in the home of someone who lives in tropical climates, don’t be surprised if the tea that they bring you is hot rather than iced.
We are more used to drinking iced tea here in the United States, while people living in hotter locales around the world have found that hot tea can cool you down more effectively.
Why does this work? Research scientists and health experts have found that hot tea causes the body to sweat more profusely. When the body sweats more, its evaporation causes the body to cool more effectively.
In desert climates such as Morocco and Egypt, it has become a tradition to add a generous amount of mint leaves to hot tea, especially during the hottest part of the day. This is because the mint acts to have an even more significant cooling effect because it gives us the sensation of cooling and refreshing at the same time.
Other Ways To Keep Cool with Green Tea
As we mentioned in another previous blog post, not only can green tea keep us cool, hydrated, and healthy on the inside, it has plenty of external uses as well for our bodies or in our homes.
- If you are looking for an effective way to keep mosquitoes at bay during the summer months, save your green tea leaves and allow them to dry out. Add some to a fireproof container and it the areas where
- Throughout Thailand, Burma, and other parts of Asia, people will mist the straw mats that they sleep on with green tea, cool them, and deodorize and freshen them up.
- Brew a cup of green tea, then place it inside a small spray bottle you keep in your refrigerator. When you want a refreshing pick me up, spray it on your face and body.
- If you forgot your sunscreen and got a little too much sun, washcloths soaked in refrigerated green tea can help take the heat, redness, and the sting out of a minor sunburn.
- Fill your ice cube trays with green tea and add them to your daily glass of tea, or add it to freshly squeezed juices to give them an extra bit of tang.
- After a hot day in the sun, add used green tea bags to your bath. To ease tired, sore eyes, place the tea bags over your eyes, lean back, and relax. You’ll come out again feeling refreshed and much cooler.
- Your garden can also benefit from green tea. Used tea leaves can be composted, added to potting soil to help keep moisture in the soil, and used as mulch for your rose bushes.
These are just some of the ways that green tea can be a powerful ally during the hottest months of the year. If you think of more, please drop us a note and share your ideas with us!
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The information presented in this blog is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any medical condition or replace medical advice or treatment. Please seek the advice of a doctor or qualified professional for all health concerns
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