The truth of the matter is we are going to age - and there is no reason not to do so gracefully and naturally. To me, that means taking realistic preventative measures along the way to care for my skin and body in general. Injections are not something I'm interested in (seriously. did you catch the real housewives of beverly hills last week? it scared the hell right out of me). The idea of injecting a foreign substance into my skin defies logic. Who knows what the effects are going to be in 15-20 years when all that stuff starts to run its course. I would much rather do simple things like get proper amounts of rest and exercise - as well as indulge in copious amounts of tea.
Do you have any idea how good tea is for you?? Here are just some of its many benefits:
- Tea contains antioxidants that slow down the aging process by helping cells to regenerate and repair.
- Green tea, in particular, neutralizes free radicals (still not sure what those are exactly, but I know they're not good!) and helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Sign me up for 10 cups please!
- Black tea reduces cortisol - a stress hormone that your body produces - thereby helping you to process stress easier. No wonder I've been so zen lately.
- My dentist swears by it. She asked me on one of my first visits if I was a tea drinker - which entirely freaked me out because I thought she was going to say my teeth were stained. Nope. Instead she said that tea drinkers have less cavities because it fights off plaque. But you should rinse with water after drinking tea.
- My acupuncturist is always ripping on me to drink more tea and not so much water. She was an M.D. before becoming a Licensed Acupuncturist, so I listen to what she says more readily. According to her, tea keeps you hydrated without flushing your body of nutrients. I'm still drinking water, but I've replaced at least 3 glasses a day with tea.
Having a cool tea press like this on your counter doesn't hurt too much either! A couple of my absolute favorite teas are Celestial Seasonings Decaffeinated Green Tea and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf's Pomegranate Blueberry. When I am drinking either of them (or English Breakfast, Ginger Peach, Darjeeling...you name it) I see a noticeable difference in the texture of my skin, and overall health in general.
You can probably tell from recent posts that I'm really thinking about how to live my life more fully and healthily. Fashion is fun - but taking care of my inside is just as important as how I look externally. I mean seriously, when's the last time you saw a depressed prune in a pair of knee-high boots?
So how about it? Are you a tea drinker? I sure see a lot of coffee drinkers and always wonder if people move back and forth between the two beverages. Would you jump on board if it meant better skin and health in general?