Could Drinking Tea Help You Live Longer?

Could drinking tea help you live longer and give you a better quality of life? According to a recent study that took place in China, tea very well may have positive effects on your overall health, and those who drink tea often may benefit the most.

As noted in the British Journal of Nutrition and featured online at Life Extension, Duke University published a study that contained 13,429 men and 19,177 women in China. Participants were aged 65 and older and enrolled from 1998 — 2005. Researchers gathered multiple health indicators, including tea consumption. For tea consumption, participants reported to drinking tea daily or often, sometimes (2-4 per week), seldom or never.

Their conclusion reported that those who drank tea on a regular basis, especially men, saw the best results. Those who drank tea at least 2 – 4 times per week had a 19 percent lower risk of dying as compared to those who seldom drank tea. Even more significant is the daily tea drinker may lower the same risk by up to 23 percent. Other benefits for daily or often included a lower risk of heart disease and in general, a lower risk of being in poorer health.

Lead researchers said, “High frequency of tea consumption is significantly associated with the reduced odds ratio of disability in activities of daily living, cognitive impairment, self-rated poor health, cumulative health deficits and cardiovascular disease in both young elders and the oldest-old, and in both men and women. These results suggest that the health benefit of drinking tea is universal. We conclude that frequent tea consumption probably helps one achieve healthy longevity and that men benefit more from such a lifestyle.”

This research study seems consistent with the line of thinking that tea includes tremendous health properties, such as helpful antioxidants. There are many great varieties of teas to drink, but our top five types to include in your diet is:

  1. Green Tea
  2. Black Tea
  3. White Tea
  4. Oolong Tea
  5. Chamomile Tea

Interested in listening to a podcast? Check out Maximum Wellness, Episode 47: Whey Protein Isolate May Favorably Alter Cardiovascular Function in Older Adults

Top Five Benefits of Meditation

An interesting article on about the positive effects of mediation, particularly in the area of pain control or suppression. The article specifically discussed a clinical study that appeared in the Journal of Neuroscience from researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. In the study, a subject group was administered a slight burn before and after mediation and measured their pain sensitivity. The researchers studied the data and concluded that meditation did “reduce a person’s sensitivity to pain.” Other studies over the years have also shown clinical benefits of meditation.

We believe that whatever goal you have in life, you first and foremost have to be in the right frame of mind. Whether you are trying to lose weight, meet deadlines at work, deal with a chronic illness or just keep up the busy pace of life, taking a few minutes out of your day to clear your mind and focus your energy can make a tremendous difference.

The great thing about meditation is that it is something you can do almost anywhere and perhaps without any cost. Although there are plenty of ways or techniques you can use, meditation at its core stresses quiet relaxation, reflection, controlled breathing and the need to block out distractions so that you can focus on clearing the mind. You can do this at home or work, or you can even take a class such as Yoga or Tai chi. We recommend you try different forms of meditation until you find one that works best for you.

Our top five benefits of meditation are:

  1. Stress Reduction — chronic stress can be very detrimental to all aspects of life as your body constantly reacts to the stressors.
  2. Lower Blood Pressure — calming effects of meditation can reduce blood pressure, specifically at more stressful parts of your day.
  3. Better Sleep — anxiety can contribute to restlessness and insomnia. Going to bed in a more relaxed state can give you a deeper, less disturbed night’s rest.
  4. Fights Depression — depression often worsens with negative thoughts or when you lack focus. Learning how to refocus on positives often helps put you in better control of emotions.
  5. Weight Loss — stress often leads to overeating and the eating of junk food. Meditation can help to concentrate on healthy activities such as eating right and exercise.

Interested in reading more? Check out our Top Five Ways To Remove Stress From Your Life

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