Stressed? Put Your Kettle On

If you are not stressed about something, you don't seem to have a common topic to chat over a social gathering.

And for many working mums, trying to have a cup of tea without interruption seems like a luxury. The world demands us to juggle many activities and stress from home and work, with a smile.

But if you can ALLOW yourself to sit down and have a cup of tea, it may do more wonder than you think!

(and it takes less time than you think, especially if you compare the cost and time needed down the track to go to the doctor's for your stress or illness)

A study found people who drank tea were able to de-stress more quickly than those who drank a fake tea substitute.

Those who drank a black tea concoction four times a day for six weeks were found to have lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol in their blood after a stressful event compared with a control group who drank a placebo.

The study, by researchers at the University College, London, and published online in the journal Psychopharmacology, divided 75 male tea drinkers into two groups and monitored them for six weeks.

They all gave up normal tea, coffee and caffeinated drinks. One group was given a fruit-flavoured caffeinated tea mixture made up of the constituents of an average cup of black tea. The other was given a caffeinated placebo identical in taste but devoid of the active tea ingredients.

All the drinks were tea-coloured, but were designed to mask elements such as the smell, taste and familiarity of the brew, to eliminate factors such as the comforting effect of drinking a cup of tea. Both groups were subjected to “challenging” tasks, while their cortisol, blood pressure, blood platelet and stress levels were measured.

“Drinking tea has traditionally been associated with stress relief,” said Professor Andrew Steptoe, of the college’s department of epidemiology and public health. “However, scientific evidence for the relaxing properties of tea is quite limited.

“This is one of the first studies to assess tea in a double-blind placebo controlled design; that is, neither we nor the participants knew whether they were drinking real or fake tea.”

(By Sydney Morning Herald, October 2006)
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