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England: The land of tea drinking

England: The land of tea drinking

Hello again!

Are you from the UK? Do you love a cuppa? Or are you not from the UK and are struggling to understand our obsession with tea?

According to the UK Tea and Infusions Association, us Brits drink around 100 million cups of tea per day! This is 30 million cups more than coffee!

Ever since I was a little girl, my mum would always make me a cup of tea in the morning and I can honestly say I am addicted to tea now. I genuinely get a headache if I haven’t had one!

A lot of my friends come from different countries and they have always found it weird that I put milk in my tea… likewise I have always found it strange that they don’t! The reason Brits do this is that when tea was first imported to the UK, the only cups that we could afford could not withstand the heat of the boiling water, so we poured milk into the cup first. A lot of Brits nowadays would think that pouring milk into tea first is wrong and that should be the very last ingredient added to the drink after taking the tea bag out… however, this is the reason we pour milk into our tea.

Person Pouring on White Ceramic Teacup

Health benefits of drinking tea

Thankfully, there are many health benefits to drinking tea. Tea contains lots of antioxidants called polyphenols which can help remove free radicals and decrease cell damage in the body. Studies have shown that tea can:

  1. Boost heart health
  2. Lower cholesterol
  3. Improve gut health
  4. Lower blood pressure
  5. Reduce the risk of having a stroke
  6. Lower blood sugar levels
  7. Reduce the risk of cancer
  8. Improve focus

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Different types of tea

As well as the usual Yorkshire Tea or PG Tips… there are many different types of herbal teas which are great to support your immune system with. My current favourite herbal tea is spearmint, hemp and ashwagandha made by Pukka and is labelled as their organic tea which brings you peace. To be honest the spearmint is my favourite flavour tea and I feel much more relaxed after drinking it.

Other Pukka teas which I love are:

  • After dinner: containing sweet fennel, roasted chicory and cardamom – great to support digestion
  • Turmeric Active: containing turmeric, ginger and galangal – great to support active living
  • Nighttime: containing lavender, oat flower and lime flower – supports calmness and promotes better sleep

You can see the wide range of herbal teas that Pukka offers by clicking here.

You can also take their Dosha Quiz by clicking here to find out which types of energies flow around your body governing your thinking and behaviour.

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Thanks for reading!

Charley x

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