“Do you think I’m sexy baby?” Remember that line from Austin Powers? He smiles and all you can see are his brown crooked teeth covered with moss. Well can I tell you – that happened to me too when I fell in love with Green Tea Tropical from Mighty Leaf and drank it nearly every morning for two years – yeah baby! After several teeth cleanings with a brillo pad I’m back to my pearly whites but missing all the health benefits from drinking green tea….what to do??
Here are some quick tips for tea drinkers on how to care for your teeth from the experts:
* To prevent staining, drink and swish water around your mouth immediately after drinking tea.
* Drink tea through a straw to avoid direct contact with your teeth.
* Brush your teeth with whitening toothpaste within an hour after drinking tea.
* Keep a stash of whitening rinse in your bag for on the go ‘tea time’
By the way, tea is actually good for your teeth. While it may stain the outside of your teeth, it leaves the enamel unscathed. It even has a little fluoride to strengthen your teeth – here’s why it’s good for the rest of your body:
1. Tea contains antioxidants which protects your body from the effects of aging and pollution.
2. Tea has less caffeine than coffee. Coffee usually has two to three times the caffeine of tea. An average cup of coffee contains around 135 mg caffeine; tea contains only 30 to 40 mg per cup. If drinking coffee gives you the jitters, causes indigestion or headaches or interferes with sleep – switch to green tea.
3. Tea may reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke. Unwanted blood clots formed from cholesterol and blood platelets cause heart attack and stroke. Drinking tea may help keep your arteries smooth and clog-free, the same way a drain keeps your bathroom pipes clear. A 5.6-year study from the Netherlands found a 70 percent lower risk of fatal heart attack in people who drank at least two to three cups of black tea daily compared to non-tea drinkers.
4. Tea protects your bones. One study that compared tea drinkers with non-drinkers, found that people who drank tea for 10 or more years had the strongest bones, even after adjusting for age, body weight, exercise, smoking and other risk factors….how about that!
5. Tea gives you a sweet smile….when you brush. Tea actually contains fluoride and tannins that keep plaque at bay.
6. Tea boosts your immune defenses. Drinking tea may help your body’s immune system fight off infection. When 21 volunteers drank either five cups of tea or coffee each day for four weeks, researchers saw higher immune system activity in the blood of the tea drinkers….start drinking tea now to head off flu and cold season later.
7. Tea protects against cancer. Thank the polyphenols, the antioxidants found in tea, once again for their cancer-fighting effects. While the overall research is inconclusive, there are enough studies that show the potential protective effects of drinking tea.
8. Tea helps keep you hydrated. Caffeinated beverages, including tea, used to be on the list of beverages that didn’t contribute to our daily fluid needs. Since caffeine is a diuretic and makes us pee more, the thought was that caffeinated beverages couldn’t contribute to our overall fluid requirement. However, recent research has shown that the caffeine really doesn’t matter — tea and other caffeinated beverages definitely contribute to our fluid needs. The only time the caffeine becomes a problem as far as fluid is concerned is when you drink more than five or six cups of a caffeinated beverage at one time….
9. Tea is calorie free. Tea doesn’t have calories, unless you add sweetener or milk.
10. Tea increases your metabolism. Green tea has been shown to actually increase metabolic rate so that you can burn calories by drinking just five cups of green tea per day. Of course, taking a 15-minute walk every day will burn calories too…
XO ~ L