Drinking tea may be an art form, hence the birth of tea houses where you can order a cuppa and sip more than stress away. Tea promises many health benefits–fights cancer, controls weight gain, reduces stroke and now–fights bad breath and gum disease. Right, sounds too good to be true?
In a study of 940 middle-aged Japanese men, the m0re green tea a man drank, the less likely was he to have gum disease. The researchers involved noted that the high levels of polyphenols, antioxidant compounds found in tea may have hindered the strength of the bacteria causing gum disease and crippled its destroying power.
So, sip away your gum disease and bad breath. Just don’t use that as an excuse for your slack in dental hygiene.
For a wholesome cup of green goodness, just brew some green tea leaves in hot boiling water for 3 to 4 minutes or if you prefer, toss a green tea bag and allow it to steep. If you prefer it cold, make it as you make the hot version, with half the amount of hot water and then top it with ice. Spruce it up with a teaspoons (or two) of honey and a slice of lemon.