Happiness Hacks with Tea: Regular Consumption of Tea Could Increase Your Wellness Quotient (Psst: There's a happy hormone in your body) 

Often called the "happy hormone," dopamine significantly contributes to our well-being. A primary driver of the brain's reward system, it spikes when we experience something pleasurable (Would you fancy some tea?).

We all know that tea isn't just a tasty beverage to gulp down first thing in the morning. The nature of tea leaves is such that it imparts health and wellness benefits.  According to studies, Tea leaves, especially green tea leaves, are a rich source of flavonoids, bioactive compounds that can lessen oxidative stress, relieve inflammation, and provide other health benefits.

We'll be the first to admit that we are partial to tea. If we weren't running an artisanal tea company and a quaint tea cafe in Kolkata, we would still be somehow in the tea lifecycle. That's how much we love this humble beverage! And what's not to love about tea: from ancient to modern times, tea has remained an elixir of health and wellness due to its inherent characteristics. When you blend the tea leaves with the right set of botanicals and spices (we are lucky to have a certified master blender as a co-founder) and learn to brew it correctly (take a look at our best practices), the beverage is elevated to a delicious concoction that deserves a category all by itself. So, yes, we agree we are partial to this liquid gold and consume copious amounts of tea in a week. 

Herbal infusions, on the other hand, help us to relax and rejuvenate. Some tisanes with strawberry and hibiscus make a refreshing cold brew for summer. Tea has an amino acid that is shown to reduce stress. This is called theanine. There are several studies showing that individuals who take theanine supplements consistently have lower levels of stress. When combined with caffeine, Theanine helps to boost our brain activity as well as our mood. It is this boost that gives us this sense of relaxation and well being that only tea can provide. Interestingly, Theanine is only found commercially in tea, along with a few mushrooms which people do not eat.

For getting the most out of our cup, we must steep and brew our tea properly. Each tea comes with its own steeping and brewing process. There are also steeping options for a lot of teas, maintaining a temperature of 85-100 degrees celsius.  Even milk plays an important role. Pouring milk after the water boils causes uneven heating, affecting the taste of the tea. On the other hand, pouring milk directly into a cup where you have placed the tea bag doesn’t give the tea leaves enough room to brew properly. So for a happy cuppa, we must follow the step-by-step process for each tea.

It's not just about brewing and drinking tea - you need to incorporate other healthy habits in your routine. These include self-care practices like various  exercises, taking frequent breaks from work, sleeping properly and on time, having wholesome meals on time. In fact, tea works best when we drink it after an hour after breakfast or lunch, or in the evening along with some snacks like nuts and bread.

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