In this hot and humid southern heat all week, this Resort Girl has been sippin’ tea daily, but back in the early days (1900s), tea was considered a luxe item. A RG sippin’ her glass of green tea (black came later), with big chunks of ice and a scoop of sugar was actually considered an impressive status symbol and now we think of it as a daily act, to cool our RG bodies down – including mine – many times this week.
For centuries, tea has been associated with good health. Now more than ever, scientific research supports that connection. According to the Republic of Tea:
“Green tea, black tea, white tea, and oolong tea all have antioxidants. These antioxidants are polyphenols, specifically catechins. Studies from institutes like Purdue, Linus Pauling, Harvard and the Medical College of Wisconsin have shown a variety of benefits from drinking tea – greater immunity, improved cognitive functions, and a decreased risk of cardiovascular problems, less fatigue, lower blood pressure, a slowing of the aging process, and reduced stress. Recent research from Shandong University in China concluded that green tea may even help ease depression.”
Now that must be why this RG was grabbing a cold glass to get through this hot move. It was giving me energy, and lowered my blood pressure to work under the pressure of all those moving decisions.
There are also great reasons to drink tea at work. This past week, a local tea company caught my curiosity at Whole Foods. This lovely young woman, Hallie, was offering free samples of a yaupon tea called ASI.
This RG likes to support local companies and ASI is located in Savannah, Georgia – and it is an American tea. Doing some RG research, the native yaupon is North America’s only caffeinated plant species and comes from a wild and abundant plant along the shores from Texas to the Carolinas.
And the ASI tea company states one good reason to drink yaupon tea in the workplace:
“Our energy comes more from Theobromine which is the mentally stimulating component found in Cocoa as well. Theobromine provides more focus than anything. The effects from ASI are more a mental uplift than a physical jolt. Hence, no wired employees, coffee jitters, anxiety, heart race, raised blood pressure or other effects those who have an aversion to coffee cannot tolerate. Our ASI caffeine is gentle on the body and awakening to the mind.”
So whether at work or when dealing with the hot weather – brew up or grab an ice cold glass of tea. It offers many health benefits – and tastes good too!