We often see our friends and neighbors who are drinking a cup of tea every morning or during snack time at several refreshment areas in our community. But when we go to recreational centers such as shopping malls, restaurants, and parks, we see random individuals who drink iced tea in a plastic or paper cup. This means that tea is considered as a staple refreshment that can be used as a substitute for drinking soda beverage.

Most coffee shops and restaurants offer tea to every customer who will be spending their leisure time with their company. Clients are often served with free tea while waiting for their orders at various restaurants and coffee shops that you visit around the corner of the town or community. Tea can be served in a glass of water or with a tea set so that it will serve as an extra amenities with their clients while experiencing the ambiance of the restaurant or a coffee shop. Tea is considered as a staple drink for most Asian countries because it symbolize a connection that can develop strong bonds between two or more individuals and groups together.
Refreshing hot tea served in a cup with the white tea pot
Serving tea in a refreshment center helps to relax your day
What is a tea?Let us further understand the real meaning of tea. This is a common beverage that can be served in either hot or cold preparations. It has an aromatic taste and smell, creating a relaxed ambiance when you drink it. Tea is regarded as the most consumed beverage all over the world because you can always observe random people holding a cup of tea in any public place that you go. Almost all restaurants offer tea beverages that are always available for the consumers.

Tea is prepared by pouring a boiling water on a dried or cured leaves in order to extract its juice and aroma. The leaves belong to an evergreen shrub that is scientifically named as Camellia sinensis, which is a native species of shrubs in Asia. China is the largest producer of tea commodity while India comes second. But today, there are other countries who are also producing tea as it aims to supply the population's growing demand. These include Brazil, Indonesia, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Argentina, and Japan.

Tea beverages are now common in all coffee shops around the world. The most common beverage is the iced-tea, which is a cold beverage sold to the public to quench the thirst of individuals who are having a hot day. Most fast foods and restaurants have available tea beverages in their stores so that the public will be able to relive their thirst whenever they visit their shops or stores. Today, there are different flavors of either hot or cold tea being served in the public.

Aromatic cured tea leaves in a plastic container
Aromatic cured tea leaves can be used repeatedly


During the past millennia, tea was initially developed by ancient Chinese even during 5,000 before the current era. Tea was first called as "Te" in Eastern coast of China. Cha was called as a separate name for the beverage in the southeastern region of ancient China. Tea symbolizes China's herbal traditions where they associate herbal preparations to live a healthier life. Tea was considered as important part of traditional Chinese medicine because it was believed that it can provide treatments for various types of illnesses.

During the silk road trade in the past centuries, Chinese merchants started to trade spices and herbs to other parts of the world. They started to trade cured leaves of Camellia sinensis to the western and southern parts of Asia. These include India, Pakistan, Iran (formerly known as Persia), Mesopotamia, and in the Arabian peninsula regions. Civilizations in the modern day known as Middle East became interested in this new type of beverage as an alternative to coffee. Since the silk road, commercialization of tea beverage intensified on the next centuries, making it as the most consumed beverage today.

Small white tea bags that can be poured with hot water
Tea bags can be used for making hot tea beverage

Benefits of tea to the body

1. Refreshment: Tea is now famously known as a refreshment beverage, which is why it is served by different retail food outlets in your community. It is a beverage that can help to replenish your body through the process of hydration. When the body is hydrated, it can generate a metabolic response that nourishes the body by replacing lost fluids after you perspire, urinate, or when you exhale droplets from your respiratory system. Our body needs constant refreshment so that it will not be vulnerable to any stressful experience or consequences from exhaustion.

2. Dilates smooth muscles: When a tea is prepared in a hot beverage, it generates smooth muscle dilation to your blood vessels. The space between arteries provides a wider space for flowing the blood to pass through efficiently. When this happens, it will allow blood circulation to become more active as it creates more space for the blood products to be distributed all over the body. Your muscle fibers all over the body start to loose or relaxed, giving you a more comfortable ambiance while drinking the beverage, which is not only for physiological refreshment.

3 Diuretic: Tea is known to be a beverage that promotes diuresis in the body. In the field of medical practice, diuretic is a process of allowing an increased excretion of urine from the body. This is a helpful process that enables the body to release unwanted chemicals or substances that are no longer needed by the body. It promotes cleansing of fluids into the body that can promote excess fluids not to be accumulated. It balances the fluid content of our body so that it will not experience metabolic related disorders in the future.

4. Treatment for various diseases: Tea is considered to be an effective beverage in order to decrease signs and symptoms of several illnesses. One known example is to relieve complications of heart failure because it allows the body to release excess fluid so that the circulatory system is not overloaded with liquid substances. When a person always drinks tea, it decreases the blood pressure that can also decrease any risks of heart-related disorders. It can also clean our skin by replacing unwanted toxic fluids to new liquids, which is needed to nourish our skin's epithelial cells for covering our body against various pathogens.

5. Loses weight: Since tea is a known diuretic agent, it means that it continuously cleanses the body by constantly replacing unwanted fluids by new liquids. When the body is releasing more fluid, it will trigger stored fat cells to be synthesized into energy, making it suitable for losing the body's weight. it also reduces an excessive salt content of the body that prevents water not to be accumulated to the body. It cleans our digestive system by removing trapped or hardened particles along the corners of our small and large intestine to give way for the villi to absorb more nutrients instead of stored fats.

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