A Cup of Health

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Fight off the winter chill and boost your health with a cup of tea!

January is touted as National Hot Tea Month, and it's little wonder why: This little drink could prevent stroke and help with cholesterol, blood pressure, osteoporosis and tooth decay. That's not all – some research claims it also boosts immune function and can limit the growth of cancer.

"Tea contains the antioxidant polyphenols," said SwedishAmerican dietitian Molly Sleger. "Antioxidants help to repair damage within our body."

Sleger suggests these ways to boost your winter tea intake:

  • Add it to your evening ritual. A cup of sleepy time tea can lead to a better night's sleep.
  • Use it to increase hydration – and lower feelings of hunger.
  • "Often in the winter, we don't feel as thirsty and as a result, drink less water," Sleger said. "Hot tea gives variety to plain water."
  • Have a cup of tea and eat less. Sometimes, dehydration can make us feel hungry, prompting us to eat when we don't need to. Also, it's not unusual to eat out of boredom. Drinking hot tea is a good way to replace both of those weight-gain triggers.