If you have no idea what tea is, you probably don’t live on earth because in this humble planet, it’s the second most consumed beverage. Most young people ignore the importance of tea for the body because it’s believed only to be taken by Englishmen and old ladies. Well, I hate to break it to you, but it’s perfect for athletes. Here are the reasons:

Tea hydrates like water

Volleyball at the 2012 Summer OlympicsThose who play sports need to be hydrated always. If not, they might experience fatigue and cramps while playing. If you’re an athlete, you wouldn’t want to end up on the waiting bench, right? Drinking water might be a bit dull, especially for young players but that is where tea comes in. It has the same hydrating properties as water but with flavor. Although it’s not as flavorful as juice or soda, it still is more beneficial. After all, juices and sodas are full of sugar so drinking them all the time isn’t good for the health.

Tea provides enough stimulation

Sodas don’t only contain significant amounts of sugar, but they also contain lots of caffeine and additives. Tea, on the other hand, also has sugar and caffeine, but the contents are much lower. In result, tea can provide sufficient stimulation for the athlete which is perfect even if he needs to play sports at 5:30 in the morning before going to school. Green tea is ideal for rehydration after practice too. Besides, too much sugar and caffeine will only provide energy for a while and lead to crashes. It’s safe to drink tea, then, because not only can it give an athlete sufficient boost; it can also increase his or her endurance. Tea also burns fat for energy by focusing on the storage of fat instead of glycogen (storage of carbohydrates).

Tea prevents diseases

Tennis ball and tennis racket

Diseases are the enemies of those who play sports. Thanks to tea which contains a strong antioxidant called catechins, athletes can stay away from cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and osteoporosis. Drinking tea even strengthens dental health, improves the immune system, prevents diabetes, reduces chances of obesity, and lowers cholesterol levels. Need I say more? It’s obviously the second magical drink after water.

Tea is affordable and convenient

Athletes need to upgrade their gear once in a while, which can be costly. Unlike sodas and juices, tea is easy to make and can be made in large quantities. More importantly, they’re cheap! Whether he prefers white, black, or green tea, they all have similar benefits. However, athletes have to be careful about herbal tea. It’s not what most people think it is. Because it’s not made from the Camellia sinensis plant, it’s not technically tea. It’s a combination of fruits, flowers, herbs, and seeds so don’t expect it to have the same benefits as the traditional tea we’re talking about here.

Black tea

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