11 Facts That Spill The Tea About Tea

11 Facts That Spill The Tea About Tea

Just don't literally spill the tea, that's wasteful and you'll burn yourself.

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I'm here to spill the tea: tea is tea-riffic. Whether you like tea or not, these 11 facts spill the tea (but not literally).

1. Tea is the world’s second most consumed beverage

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Sorry, coffee-loving Americans, but (besides water) tea is the world's second most consumed beverage. Which brings me to my second point that tea-haters should pay attention to (why are you reading this if you hate tea though?).

2. Just because you tried tea once and didn't like it doesn’t mean you should hate it

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There are several factors involved in the flavor of tea from the tea leaves to the temperature of water used. I'm not saying you have to love it — there are certain kinds of tea that I prefer over others. But I don't think it's impossible to find a tea that you can enjoy.

3. True teas come from Camellia sinensis 

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Green, white, black, pu-erh and oolong teas all begin from the Camellia sinensis plant. The difference between the different varieties (or should I say varie-teas?) is how the leaves are processed. Like wine and cheese, every kind of tea has a unique processing method used to create the final product.

4. Herbal “teas” aren’t tea

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Herbs like chamomile, peppermint and lemongrass are — as the name implies — herbs. Since herbs are not from the Camellia sinensis plant, herbal teas technically aren't tea unless the herbs have been added to true tea leaves.

5. Loose tea is better than tea bags

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Yes, tea bags are more convenient and seem cheaper at face value, but loose tea is better. Most tea bags restrict the room that tea leaves need to expand when water is added.

Tea bags also tend to be made from lower grade tea which makes them seem more desirable at first glance since they're convenient and cheaper. But, you get what you pay for. While it may seem more expensive at first, loose leaf teas are of a higher grade and can be steeped several times, so you get more bang for your buck.

6. Tea helps you relax and focus

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Tea contains the amino acid L-theanine that helps the brain relax and concentrate simultaneously.

7. Water quality matters

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Impurities in water will lead to impurities in the flavor of the tea. Fresh water from a mountain spring is the best for tea, but not everyone has easy access to it.

Filtered water filters out the impurities like heavy minerals, metals and sediment, whereas distilled water removes all the minerals and nutrients and may leave your tea tasting "flat." However, tea will replenish many of the nutrients lost in distilled water.

Play around with different kinds of water to determine what combination of water and tea tastes best to you!

8. Temperature is important

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Hot water is important when brewing tea, but that doesn't mean you need it to be as hot as lava (which, if you were wondering, is around 1,300 to 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit). If the water is too hot, you risk burning the tea leaves which will (obviously) lead to a nasty flavor.

This article explains that water for white and green teas should generally be between 170 and 185 degrees Fahrenheit. Oolong should be brewed between 180 and 190. And black and herbal teas should be brewed between 208 and 212 degrees.

9. You don’t have to use a thermometer to check the temperature of your water

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You can check how hot your water is by checking the size of the bubbles. This Chinese method explains the differences in bubbles and temperatures.

10. Steeping time matters

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I know it's cute to leave your Loch Ness tea infuser in your cup, but please don't just leave your tea to steep the entire time you drink it. You wouldn't take a piece of cake out of the pan just to put it back in the oven to keep baking, so don't leave your tea steeping too long.

Each blend of tea has a unique steeping time, so be sure to check if the packaging has a recommended steeping time. If not, guides like this are helpful.

Also, let your tea steep for the full amount of time recommended. Don't try to rush it by stirring the tea or water around!

11. Cooling time is important

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Unless you want to burn your tongue, give your tea some time to cool. Lighter colored teas, like white and green, don't need as much time to cool as black and herbal teas. Let the steam die down before taking a sip or serving to others.

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8 Reasons Girls Who Love Tequila Are Better

Because if she can handle tequila, she can handle you too.
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There are all kinds of alcohol stereotypes out there but the one associated with tequila is probably the worst: tequila makes you crazy. But if there's one thing we can all agree on, it's that women who drink tequila are one-of-a-kind.

Whether it's loving or fighting, you'll never find anyone who does it better than a girl who just straight up loves tequila, and here are a few reasons why that is.

1. She's independent

A girl who drinks tequila is probably the same girl who has absolutely no problem telling it like it is. She knows what she wants and goes after it.

2. She doesn't care what you or anyone else thinks

Oh, you have a problem with me taking shots and having a good time? Well, get over it! Bartender, a shot with salt and a lime please!

3. Always dancing

Tequila is an 'upper' so instead of sitting at the bar doing nothing, let's dance! Let's get moving!

4. There is never a dull moment

Speaking of dancing, a girl who drinks tequila is always down for a good time. Whether it's going on an adventure or seeing who can take the most shots, a tequila girl is always down to party.

5. While everyone else is starting to get sleepy, she has all the energy

Like I said, tequila is an 'upper' so while the other girls at the bar are starting to feel groggy and sad, she's all over the place having fun and partying on the dancefloor.

6. She's stronger than the girl crying over a vodka cranberry at the bar.

Sad over a breakup? Don't go for the vodka... Tequila will make you feel better in no time! Plus you can challenge the hot guys at the bar to a shot taking contest.

7. Tequila is healthy for you

Tequila is a probiotic, so some tequila a day keeps the doctor away. Yay for shots!

8. She can hold her own when it comes to alcohol

Any girl who can shoot some shots at the bar all day and night can handle alcohol, which means she can handle herself too. You won't have to deal with her constant breakdowns and mood swings because she will be too busy ordering more shots.

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9 Easy Natural Water Cleanses To Start Your New Year Strong

If you're trying to be healthier or increase your water intake this new year, you're welcome.

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Sometimes, something as simple as spicing up your water is all it takes to make you feel fresh and renewed. If you're anything like me, you neglected your daily water intake at the end of 2018. But, as I began the new year I realized why I was feeling so sluggish and it was because I wasn't drinking enough water. Personally, I tend to get bored with plain water and throughout the years have found myself researching recipe's to spice up my water. Well, if you're looking to be healthier, take in more water or searching for an easy detox, I'm sharing my personal favorite infused water recipes that can help you with all of your health needs.

1. Lemon, Cucumber & Mint

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This combo, I'd like to think is very well known and may be more basic but hello, it is my go-to choice just for the instant detox/ revival it gives me! Lemons are your best friend because they're a natural detoxifier, providing a boost in your immune system and digestion, all while flushing out toxins. The mint will aid in digestion and also contribute as a natural sweetener. The cucumber provides an extra hydration boost and will give some more flavor!

BONUS: Add ginger which aids in digestion, can prevent indigestion, nausea and heartburn.

2. Green Tea, Mint & Lime

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So, this concoction does it all! This is great for burning fat, helping with digestion, easing headaches, and fighting congestion! Remember, while the tea is steeping add in the other ingredients. When it cools down, pour over ice and done!

3. Cucumber, Kiwi & Strawberry

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Yum! The benefits from this fruity combo are blood sugar support, immune system support, appetite control, increase in metabolism, provides a boost in energy, and reduces toxins!! Also, as I've mentioned before, cucumbers are a great way to get that extra hydration but on top of that they are great for your skin, and have anti-inflammatory properties!

4. Lemon, Lime & Cucumber

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Okay, now were combining a few of our reoccurring favs! As we know from previous combo's, here we are getting a hydration boost, appetite control, aid in digestion, bloating reduction, skin aid, lowering blood pressure, and a kidney cleanse! Perfect!

BONUS: Add ginger!

5. Lemon, Lime & Orange

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This trio is a blast of flavor! The benefits of this detox are Immune defense, digestion, heartburn relief, fat burner (aiding in weight loss), kidney detox. The presence of the orange aids in detoxifying/ burning fat when paired with lemon, provides a germ fighting vitamin, helps slow the aging process, and the vitamin C from the orange combined with lemon helps build collagen which again prevents premature aging.

BONUS: Add blueberries!

6. Grapefruit & Rosemary

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Okay this duo is action packed of benefits. The grapefruit alone provides an aid in weight loss (due to its fiber content and blood sugar stabilization properties), immune system boost, aids in brain health, the potassium in it aids in muscle growth, aids in cardiovascular health and ladies, it can even help prevent UTI's. Now, the rosemary helps hair growth, has anti-inflammatory compounds, helps digestion, liver detox, enhances brain function, reduces stress and balances hormones. I mean, this is a must!

7. Mint & Blueberry

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Okay so blueberry is chop full of amazing things for your body! Blueberries aid in weight loss, helps boost immunity, anti-aging properties, promotes cardiovascular and brain health, aids in digestion, lowers blood pressure, and can help prevent UTI's. The mint again will help indigestion and gas and provides a sweet flavor naturally.

PS: you may want to much the blueberries up to really get that flavor out!

BONUS: Add lemon for extra health support!

8. Peach & Raspberry

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Peaches provide a great aid in skin care. They fight wrinkles, improve skin texture, and help to repair and fight sun damage. Raspberries are high in antioxidants and vitamin C which promotes heart health and fights age- related decline, has anti inflammatory properties, they are full of fiber and have anti-cancer properties.

9. Basil & Strawberry

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Together basil and strawberry infused water can boost energy levels, support the immune system, support the proper absorption of minerals, help to maintain proper metabolic functions, and have anti-inflammatory properties.

BONUS: Add lemon!

Making this water is very simple! Add as much as you'd like regarding the ingredient's and make sure that however much you have, has a good water ratio. Be generous and the longer you let it soak the stronger the flavor. I advise letting it soak overnight in the fridge to really allow all of the nutrients to soak into the water. Remember you can add any extras or mix and match any of these recipe's you think you'll enjoy!!

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