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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Tea Time with Natasha in Oz ~ 5 reasons why we should drink more tea.

Welcome friends and thanks so much for stopping by to visit. I'm so glad you stopped by for today's Tea Time post!

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Tuesday seems to be tea party day in blogland and deservedly so. Tea has to be one of THE most beautiful drinks in the world!

Health benefits of drinking tea, Tea Time with Natasha in Oz, Twinings Traditional Afternoon tea,


Wanda Lee , Rhondi, and Lady Katherine must agree with me as they have dedicated Tuesdays to all things tea. Well, I think they are onto something! I can think of so many reasons why we should all drink tea but here are my top 5 reasons why we should drink more tea!

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1. Women who drink tea regularly are 60 percent less likely to develop arthritis than those who don't.

2. Drinking a half-cup of green or oolong tea per day reduced a person's risk of high blood pressure by almost 50% in a new study. People who drank at least two and a half cups per day reduced their risk even more. Their risk was reduced even if they had risk factors for high blood pressure, such as high sodium intake.

3.Tea is a rare source of natural fluoride which inhibits growth of the oral bacteria and enzymes responsible for dental plaque.

4. Coffee usually has two to three times the caffeine of tea. An eight-ounce cup of coffee contains around 135 mg caffeine; tea contains only 30 to 40 mg per cup.


5.Some people have a slow metabolic rate and this affects their ability to lose weight. Green tea has been shown to actually increase metabolic rate so that you can burn 70 to 80 additional calories by drinking just five cups of green tea per day. Over a year's time you could lose eight pounds just by drinking green tea. 

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Tea is the perfect beverage to drink when having friends over.
Health benefits of drinking tea, Tea Time with Natasha in Oz, Twinings Traditional Afternoon tea,

Health benefits of drinking tea, Tea Time with Natasha in Oz, Twinings Traditional Afternoon tea,


It is so easy to brew a pot of tea to leave on the coffee table for friends to share.
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Health benefits of drinking tea, Tea Time with Natasha in Oz, Twinings Traditional Afternoon tea,  

I always have milk and sugar with my very strong black tea.
 Health benefits of drinking tea, Tea Time with Natasha in Oz, Twinings Traditional Afternoon tea,  

 Of course, tea always tastes better with some yummy shortbread and other goodies!
Health benefits of drinking tea, Tea Time with Natasha in Oz, Twinings Traditional Afternoon tea,  

 Health benefits of drinking tea, Tea Time with Natasha in Oz, Twinings Traditional Afternoon tea,

I have set a simple table but today's morning tea with my Mum and sister is all about catching up and relaxing while we share a "cuppa".
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So go ahead and boil the kettle, grab a tea bag or some loose leaves, ring a friend or two and have a cuppa! You will be glad you did!

Best wishes and happy tea-drinking,
Natasha In Oz 
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37 comments:

  1. THANKS SO MUCH FOR PARTAKING WITH OUR LITTLE, 'TUESDAY TEA FOR TWO', BLOG TEA PARTY!.., YOUR PICTURES ARE ABSOLTELY PRECIOUS AND UTTERLY CHARMING,SO MUCH SO, THAT I JUST WANT TO SIT DOWN AND HAVE TEA WITH YOU MY DEAR!

    My oh my,the chintz, the blue and white cups,the white teaset and all of the goodies; so inviting! Such an artful afternoon tea respite, tablescape vignette!..,

    Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee @ The Pluemd Pen

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  2. Over my next cup of tea, I'll pretend we drink it together while having a nice chat.... wouldn't that be fun!! I prefer loose leaves. Oh, I could not believe my eyes... those pretty napkins... are also on my tea table!!

    Have a tasty tea tuesday, sweet Natascha! xo

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  3. What a treat it would be to have tea with you one afternoon and get even better acquainted. All the details you show make it even a more special occasion. I'm trying hard to transition to hot tea after growing up drinking iced tea all these years in Texas. Hope to blog about that later in the week.

    Thanks for sharing your tea time with all of us...
    Debi

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  4. I am so very jealous. Wish I was there having tea with my gorgeous mother and two sisters too. Next Tuesday, can you pretend that I am there and set a place for me? You do make a fabulous cuppa.

    Miss you.

    Holly
    xx

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  5. I love tea, I drink tons of tea. Only problem is I am an American so I drink it iced (for the record, I don't drink any hot beverage - so does that grant me an out?)

    I also drink it straight - no sweet tea for me!

    Fun to see your table...

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  6. Love the blue and white cups! I love anything blue and white and of course, I love tea!

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  7. Natasha, This is a lovely vignette! Your setting is very inviting - just love the blue chintz teacups and the white teapot. The shortbread and chocolates also look fabulous!
    Blessings to you - Beth

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  8. What a wonderful blog! I am a tea lover;especially green tea. Just found some Jasmine 'Moonlight on the grove'in Chinatown; it is Perfection.
    Rita

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  9. I love your tea, a charming low tea for friends, to enjoy time together! The Teapot ready with the wonderful spoons in the chintz cup, shortbread. The tea cups are so lovely! It just takes a moment to have Tea in such a lovely setting. I love all the info you shared. I know I have not had a cavity in years! lol
    The white and gold Tea Set is so elegant! Thank you for joining me today for Tea Time Tuesday.

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  10. Love tea; especially green tea. great post!
    Rita

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  11. Natasha you can invite me to tea any time! I am a tea toaddler and proud of it! I have tea parties all by myself..I get all my best china cups and teapots and have myself a relaxing cup of tea..my husband even joins in!My favorite as of late is a green seaweed detox tea or a rosehip tea...both are loose...one must drink the loose..better flavor...you have takled me into making myself a cup of tea!
    I love those cream filled Easter eggs!

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  12. I love this post Natasha. Your home is lovely and I love the picture of your kitchen in your sidebar. I drink a cup of black tea every afternoon at work but that's it...I'm a die hard coffee drinker.

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  13. Hi Natasha
    I am so glad you joined the tea party today. You are a kindred spirit when it comes to tea. I like mine strong and black with a bit of milk. I love your blue mugs too.
    i really enjoyed having a cup of tea with you today.
    When I said 9 PM I meant 9PM Tuesday where I live which is Eastern Standard Tie
    Hugs, Rhondi

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  14. I don't drink tea, but I sure love those pillows on your chairs!

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  15. Hi and thank you for inviting us in for tea!

    Everything looks just lovely and inviting!

    And I enjoyed the tea "facts'. I am really trying to add more green tea to my daily tea drinking. It isn't my favorite tea but, I am determined!

    Have a wonderful day!

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  16. oh a good ol cuppa a tasty treat and good ol chat! I miss that with my nan! We use to do that all the time b4 i left australia! I cant wait to do this again in july when we return bac to oz! Lovely post darl love ur teaspoons! My nan collects them im bringin her some home in july.

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  17. Sweet, casual, lovely! All makes a quaint and cozy tea party!

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  18. Bonjour Natasha,
    Your tea looks so inviting, that shortbread especailly. Love your list of 5 things tea can do - #( is my favorite, I'm off to boil the water.
    Enjoy your time with your Mother ans sister, how lucky you are to have them close by!
    Happy week to you too!

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  19. what a lovely setting..., and is that chocolate i see??

    oh my!
    -kelley

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  20. Love your cups, Great tea Party!!!
    Hugs
    Charo

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  21. Tea is my favourite drink. Great post.

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  22. Oh my, but I must learn to enjoy tea!

    It would probably help, to find information about real tea. Not just Lipton tea bags, I mean. And learn to brew it correctly.

    Yes, I must try...

    Thank you for inspiring me.

    Gentle hugs...

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  23. Have I said thank you for not making us do Word Verification here? I too use Comment Verification and don't find the need for Word Ver., this way. :-)

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  24. The best tea I ever had was afternoon tea at the Ritz in London. A special treat from our boss at work after we all finished a huge project. Sandwiches, scones with cream and jam, tiny little cakes and cup after cup of tea in a china teapot - leaves not bags - all served by the most attentive table staff. Ah... such bliss...

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  25. I must have tea everyday. I'd sure love to stop by your lovely place and have a cup. Sigh....a bit far to come. Enjoy some for me. :)

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  26. Natasha darling tea was delicious, thanks for the invite luv.

    Love & Hugs
    Duchess

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  27. Love your tea setting. And thanks for the information about green tea.

    Jocelyn
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

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  28. We have had such a cold winter here in FL, that I have taken to drinking hot tea to chase the afternoon chill away.

    I'm beginning to really like it... the tea, not the cold weather!

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  29. Point number two..good one and so true. Thank you for the reminder that I should drink more tea! Love your blue transfer ware mugs...Spode Italian I beleive??? Lovely!

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  30. Interesting health tips and i love the pretty mugs!

    Carolyn

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  31. I will suggest that since we are all so healthy because we drink our tea daily that we can very safely partake in all of the other goodies! What a lovely and educational post. This is my first time meeting you. I will happily come back for more informative tips, and just the fun of getting to know you better!

    Love,
    Susan and Bentley
    xxoo

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  32. Such a pretty setting you have here. My husband brings me a cup of tea every morning to wake me up. I love coffee, but it is tea that I drink all day long.

    Sue

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  33. I am here to say hi to you. You have nice blog. Shall drop by more often ...

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  34. That little blue tea cup is just diving Natasha. My husband only drinks tea - never coffee so we have a selection of about 15 different loose leaf teas to choose from every day. Some of my friends beg me for a teabag now ;-) Put the rest of my post up on renovating objects if you want to check it out.
    Love your white tea set too and MELTED for the cadbury eggs. THAT'S IT! I need a good trip home ;-)

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  35. I love green tea, and I drink it all the time.
    Nice to hear that it is so good for me.
    Micki

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  36. Love the facts, I am passing this along to a friend!

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  37. Fantastic post and very intriguing. However, #1 made me giggle as I'm a Brit and a stereotypical Brit, meaning I adore tea. I must've drank tea more of less every single day of my life now and love it super strong. [here comes the but...] But, I've had arthritis since I was 13 and it got chronic at 23-24 and now mobility disabled.

    There was a recent study on tea here in the UK and although I can't remember exactly what they said now, if you let regular breakfast tea steep for anything over 3 minutes, then there's something that's released that is good for your body. Can't remember what it was now but I let my tea steep for way over 3 minutes and leave the bag in the cup when I'm drinking it too. Haha! Tea belly Brits, huh!?

    -Lisa.
    Sweet 2 Eat Baking

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