Queen Elizabeth II may now be the longest reigning monarch of Britain, but she also just rules. Few people have aged with such grace and fantastic sense of humor as Her Majesty, who captured hearts across the globe in her guest appearance in the opening ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympics.
Celebrate her record-breaking rule of 63 years, seven months and two days, and capture some of her youthful energy by toasting her this afternoon with one of these teas. They’ll boost your total health and longevity, so you can celebrate her in style for many years to come.
To Ditch the Stress, Drink Black Tea
Sorry, we’re not talking about the Southern staple, sweet tea. Black tea, brewed in its bare form, has the profound ability to help you recover from stress--so stock your desk at the office. Participants who drank black tea four times a day for six weeks had lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol in their blood after an anxiety-provoking event than non-drinkers according to a study conducted by the University College London. And, as anyone can tell you from experience, stress ages you--fast. In fact, people suffering from chronic stress or depression have shorter telomeres, the protective ends of chromosomes, in their white blood cells than their calmer counterparts, according to a study published in Biological Psychiatry. As you age, these telomeres shorten naturally, which is why their length has been used as a measure of aging.
Don’t worry if those four cups of tea a day sound daunting. Just add a daily teatime to your routine in honor of the Queen. You’ll reach your daily quota in no time.
To Boost Supple Skin, Drink White Tea
We’re all for accepting your wrinkles, laugh lines, and frown lines alike, but we won’t tell if you get a bit of a skin boost from your morning brew. Sipping white tea regularly can help you look and feel younger by reducing your risk of cancer and rheumatoid arthritis and warding off age-related wrinkles, researchers suggest. Elastin and collagen may be most closely associated with skin treatments, but they’re also essential to keeping your body moving and functioning. White tea acts as your army against enzymes that break down these vital proteins, causing your skin to sag and your joints to ache. The inflammation-busting brew helps keep these serious health conditions at bay, letting you lord over your own home for years to come.
To Lengthen Your Life, Drink Green Tea
Like the Queen, this is one tea that needs no introduction; it reigns supreme when it comes to boosting your total health. Still, many of us skip this ancient elixir in favor of coffee, a drink that lacks the compounds that make green tea so mighty. In honor of Her Majesty, swap your coffee mug for a teacup at least a couple times a week. A high intake of polyphenols, the natural health boosters found in superfoods like green tea and apples, is associated with a considerable 30% reduction in mortality rate in older adults, according to recent research. Even better: this brew shares the same skin-saving skill as its lighter cousin, warding off the appearance of wrinkles.
But here’s where you should break away from the British tradition: add lemon, not milk, to your tea. The vitamin C in citrus juice increases the amount of healthy antioxidants your body can absorb, making your afternoon mug even better for your body.
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