Tea is an essential part of the Kenyan culture. When you hear someone say, “come over for tea,” you definitely know that it has to do with spending time together — catching up. The commodity has been a major contributor to the Kenyan economy, with millions of Kenyans having tea in the morning and late afternoon.
Many of us were raised on tea. When I was in class 3, my grandmother used to brew fine Kenyan tea every morning. We would down it with some delicious sweet potatoes. In the evenings, whenever it would rain, she would make sure that we everyone was warm and delighted. Tea was the order of the day.
Even Kenyans in diaspora insist on taking homegrown tea with them abroad. Not only is it tasty, it is healthy and proven scientifically to be good for you.
Here are six reasons why you should be drinking more tea:
1. Reduces the risk of heart attack
Heart attack happens when there is sudden and sometimes fatal occurrence of Coronary Thrombosis. Tea contains compounds that prevent the hardening of arteries. In short, take tea to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases and even cancer.
2. Boosts exercise endurance
Ever went to the field to have a run and ended up giving up even before doing something significant? That’s because your muscles become easily stressed. Tea is the perfect solution to that. Catechins (antioxidants) in green tea extract increase the body’s ability to burn fat as fuel, which accounts for improved muscle endurance
3. Green tea enhances bone strength
This is especially common with green tea. It is rich in minerals that are good for your bone structure. Taking green tea thus improves your bone strength. It has compounds called polyphenols that do this amazing job. See? That’s another good reason to take tea!
4. Serves and an antioxidant
Again, the antioxidants in tea help fight a horde of diseases that are dangerous to your health. These includes various cancers, from colon to breast to lung cancer. However, tea shouldn’t serve as the only prevention to these diseases. Practising a collectively healthy lifestyle is highly encouraged.
5. Provides protection from ultraviolet rays
You read that right. UV light is not good for your skin. It damages your skin if you are exposed to it indefinitely. What happens when you are exposed to too much sunlight? Your skin accelerates he production of melanin. However, it can only do so much. Elongated exposure leads to tans and skin damage. The good news is that tea acts as sunscreen, preventing sunburn.
6. Effective agent in the prevention and treatment of neurological diseases, especially degenerative diseases
Polyphenols in tea maintain the brain, ensuring good health. They also improve memory. In the process, teea prevents you from neurological diseases, including degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.
Happening this weekend is the African Tea Convention and Exhibition Conference. The global event brings together a host of international industry experts, agriculture input suppliers, practitioners, researchers and scholars, financiers and investors, tea packers, retailers and many other people from the tea trade industry.
They will be interacting and discussing how to make the tea business sustainable; indeed it is an important factor in the Kenyan economy.
Be sure to celebrate tea as this auspicious event takes place. You can take your friend, girlfriend or anyone you treasure out for tea! Happy tea drinking!