Arthritis PLAGUES hundreds of millions of people around the world.
But what if I told you that two enjoyable habits could effectively combat this type of debilitating pain?
They’re things you might already be doing as part of your daily, morning ritual.
Let me explain…
Tea (and walking) to the rescue
Research suggests taking a daily walk and drinking tea—two enjoyable habits—can help relieve pain from arthritis… without resorting to dangerous drugs!
(The word arthritis is used to describe pain, stiffness, and swelling of the joints. It isn’t a single condition, and there are several different types.)
And, well, you can walk just about anywhere. Plus, tea is probably the most popular beverage around the world.
So really, it can’t get much easier to help those troublesome arthritis symptoms go away.
Of course, arthritis sufferers need to be mindful of their exercise routine.
Exercises that involve repeated pressure on the joints—such as running—can worsen the condition. Whereas activities such as brisk walking and swimming can reduce the burden on the joints while still providing the health benefits of exercise.
Now, let’s turn our focus to tea…
Tea is water-based, whether hot or cold. There’s no added junk or sugar, especially when made at home.
When steeping tea leaves in hot water, you release the plant’s healthful components, including polyphenols—which have antioxidant properties.
(I have written about these plant components many times. Basically, they’re what give the plant its color and where all the health benefits lie.)
In fact, caffeinated tea may give you a quick pick-me-up, while protecting against chronic disease like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and high cholesterol.
Of course, tea can also help soothe rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a chronic autoimmune disease primarily affecting your joints.
In a study published in BMC, high tea consumption had an inverse association to the risk of RA compared to occasional consumption. This means the more tea someone drank, the less risk for RA.
The study also found that those who drank more than two cups of tea daily were less likely to have RA than non-tea-drinkers or those who didn’t drink two cups of tea regularly.
How to enjoy, prepare your tea
So, how much and which type of tea should you consume?
Well, I often recommend green tea. But there are health benefits in other types of teas, such as black, oolong, and white tea, too.
All of these come from the Camellia sinensis plant. The difference lies in the way they are processed.
Black tea is oxidized, meaning the tea leaves are crushed to release their natural oils. These oils react to the oxygen in the air, which alters appearance and aroma. The leaves are then dried when the process is complete.
Green tea, on the other hand, is entirely unoxidized. Whereas oolong and white teas are both partially oxidized.
Of course, green tea steals much of the focus in health circles, as it contains the highest amount of an antioxidant compound called EGCG. This makes it a uniquely powerful anti-inflammatory.
But the other types of teas I mention above—and even red tea, typically derived from the rooibos plant—are just as impressive. (Learn more about the benefits of herbal tea here.)
In other words, you’ll gain benefits from just about any type of tea, assuming it’s pure and unsweetened.
For additional ways to combat any type of acute or chronic pain, I also encourage you to check out my Essential Pain Protocol. To learn more about this innovative, online learning tool, or to enroll today, click here now!
Until next time,
“Arthritis: ‘High tea consumption had an inverse association to the risk of RA’ says study.” EXPRESS, 04/04/2022. (express.co.uk/life-style/health/1590870/Arthritis-symptoms-tea-exercise-walking-risk)