January is National Hot Tea Month!

Senior Care in Allen, TX – Enjoy the Many Benefits of Tea this Month with Your Elderly Loved One

January is usually thought of as the time for new beginnings, making new habits and getting rid of old ones, starting new diets and so on. It’s also National Hot Tea Month. Tea can be quite healthy actually. Some are very good at detoxing the body; others are very good at helping you feel relaxed. Many teas contain powerful antioxidants. Here are some ideas for some teas you may want to try this month.

♦ Ginger-cinnamon tea. Place 1 cinnamon stick and 1 inch of peeled, minced ginger into a mug. Fill with boiling water and let steep for 6-10 minutes. Pull out the cinnamon stick and strain the ginger if desired. Add ½ teaspoon honey and enjoy.

♦ Zesty lemon tea. Place 1 teabag of any flavor in your mug. Add 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice and 1 tsp freshly grated lemon zest. Fill mug with boiling water and let steep. Strain if desired and add ½-1 teaspoon honey.

♦ Peppermint-Green tea. Use 1 teabag each of green tea and peppermint tea in one large mug. Let steep and add honey to taste.

♦ Chamomile-white tea. Use 1 teabag each of white and chamomile tea in one mug. Let steep and add honey to taste.

Health benefits of tea

♦ Green tea – contains antioxidants which may help reduce cancer risks, prevent clogging of the arteries, burn fat, reduce risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, and improve cholesterol levels.

♦ White tea – has the most potent cancer-fighting properties.

♦ Black tea – highest caffeine content and is the basis for chai tea. May protect lungs from cigarette smoke damage. May reduce risks of stroke.

♦ Pu-erh tea – made from fermented, aged leaves. They are usually pressed into cakes. May reduce LDL cholesterol levels.

♦ Oolong tea – thought to help with weight loss but hasn’t been verified scientifically yet.

♦ Herb teas – chamomile tea may prevent diabetes complications and stunts cancer cells. Echinacea may help fight the common cold. Hibiscus tea helps lower blood pressure. Rooibos tea has healthy flavonoids.

Some other healthy herbal teas include gingko biloba, ginger, jasmine, rosehip, ginger and mint.

Drinking tea is a great way to re-hydrate, especially if you are drinking tea low in caffeine and without sugar. Honey adds a few health benefits of its own, but go easy on the sweetener. For senior loved ones with diabetes, a non-sugar sweetener would have to be used.

When your senior parent needs help at home to do daily activities, consider hiring senior care services.

If You Or An Aging Loved One Are Considering Hiring Senior Care in Allen, TX, Please Call The Caring Staff At Second Family Home Care At (972) 846-HOME (4663).

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