#ygkChallenge: Drink Tea!

drink tea, improve healthWelcome to Kingstonist’s weekly challenge, dare, resolution or whatever you prefer to call it. Each week we establish a new and ambitious community goal, encouraging our readers, followers, friends and families to step out of their comfort zones and do something great, and hopefully a little out of the ordinary. Consider this your official and personal invitation to join us in completing a small but meaningful achievement. By taking part in this community-wide initiative, we hope to make Kingston a slightly better place to live, work and play. And of course, we also hope that you will feel proud of your contribution and achievement.

This week’s challenge encourages you to:

Drink Tea! For hundreds of years, across many cultures, drinking tea has been a staple part of one’s daily routine. Tea contains catechins – a type of antioxidant. Diets high in antioxidants can prevent many health conditions, including heart disease and Alzheimer’s; by fighting those cell damaging free radicals in our body. This week’s challenge is to increase your antioxidant levels by drinking tea. Studies have shown that people who consume tea regularly have lower cholesterol, recover faster after a heart attack, and have a decreased risk of heart disease, stroke, and Parkinson’s disease. In addition, tea can optimize liver functioning, promote healthy skin, boost memory, and improve the body’s ability to burn fat as fuel. Please be aware that teas vary in their level of caffeine content and too much can result in dehydration and other adverse health effects. Try to limit caffeine intake to no more than 100mg per day. Teas highest in antioxidant content include: rooibos, green, & white tea – bottoms up!

Sign up and commit to completing this week’s challenge by commenting below with an “I’m in“, “challenge accepted“, “en garde” or something along those lines. Further, help us spread the word via Twitter and Facebook by sharing the link and encouraging the participation of your friends and family. By joining together in our weekly challenge, we hope to accomplish big and positive things for our community.

Thanks to IsabelFeistPhotography for today’s photo.

Alanna Kuhn

Alanna Kuhn has retired as a contributor to Kingstonist. She is a Naturopathic Doctor and co-owner of Kingston Natural Route Health. She regularly contributed to Kingstonist's weekly #ygkchallenge, encouraging Kingstonians to explore healthier lifestyle options.

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