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Get a LIFE: The rituals and benefits of tea

After a long day, I take time to heat water in a little pot, prepare my mug with loose tea or a tea bag, pour the water in, let it steep, savor the aroma, and take small sips as my body temperature rises.

Brewing tea seems to provide space, helps me connect to my breath, and gives my mind something clear to focus on.

Especially in the colder months when the immune system can become challenged, this warm comfort can help us stay healthy and vital.

Making tea seems like an easy process, but in some Asian countries, much more elaborate ceremonies take place that consider everything from water temperature, cup placement, and even hand gestures.

Terminology also can get confusing.

The word 'tea' actually refers to anything relating to the shrub Camellia Sinensis.

Herbal infusions refer to other leaves, flowers, or roots that are steeped for drinking purposes.

The main benefit of tea is its high antioxidant content that helps slow down and/or counteract cancer.

Green, white and black teas have much less caffeine than coffee and are a wonderful alternative to help reduce your coffee intake and diversify your liquid intake.

Explore these two videos discussing tea temperature and the basic benefits of tea, to learn more.

Take time to nourish yourself with the ritual of making tea! Enjoy.

More about Danny Arguetty, M.A.

Danny Arguetty, M.A., a Nutrition, Health and LIFE (Living in Free Expression) Counselor, has been involved in the health field for the last decade. He guides and works privately with clients utilizing customized programs based on bio-individual needs and diverse life situations.

He specializes in yoga privates, weight loss, digestive disorders, healthy aging, sugar/caffeine dependencies, persistent fatigue, chronic stress, relationship support, life coaching and practical healthy living strategies.

Arguetty is also a faculty member at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, Adjunct Faculty at Williams College, and author of Nourishing the Teacher: inquiries, contemplations & insights on the path of yoga. He leads 200hr Yoga Teacher Trainings in Southern California and Advanced 500hr Trainings in Kerala, India.

Learn more about him at nourishyourlight.com or email him at danny@nourishyourlight.com. You can also follow him on Facebook.