Teens Can Benefit From a Cup of Tea Everyday

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It’s typical to drink a cup of tea when feeling ill. Who doesn’t love sipping something warm and soothing when feeling under the weather? Tea isn’t just great for making your teens feel better when they’re sick, it can help prevent them from feeling ill to begin with. Studies show that tea has tons of health benefits and is a great daily choice.

Tea contains very few calories, especially compared to popular caffeinated drinks like the mochas and frappuccinos at Starbucks or sugary energy drinks. Also unlike many other caffeinated drinks, tea actually hydrates you and is a good source of antioxidants. These antioxidants increase a person's metabolism and have anti-inflammatory properties. They can also improve muscle endurance and prevent against certain types of cancers.

If your teen needs help conquering stress, a cup of green or white tea has been shown to reduce stress levels. It may also help them when studying for a big test. Some studies suggest it can help improve memory and other cognitive functions.

If that weren’t enough, studies have shown that drinking green tea can help protect your teen against harmful ultraviolet rays. Of course, that’s no excuse for teens not to lather up on the sunscreen this summer, but drinking a few cups of tea can help add extra protection. If they do become exposed to radiation, tea can actually help fight against cellular degeneration so that their skin can recover quicker after the exposure.

Share these health benefits over a cup of tea with your teen. If he or she doesn’t like to drink tea, try incorporating it into your cooking instead. Matcha green tea is particularly trendy right now and you can find a few delicious recipes your teen is bound to love here. Enjoy cooking and eating together knowing you’re helping give you both a health boost. 

For more tips on healthy food and drink choices for teens, check out our “Make Over My Meal!” story from our April issue of Choices.