Tea 101 The Discovery of Tea

Tea 101 history of tea


Chinese legend reads that the Emperor Shen Nong ("the god of farming") first discovered tea leaves when he observed that many of his people were dying of epidemic diseases and he decided to search for medicines. The legend says that Shen Nong (picture above) has a transparent skin which enables him to test the toxicity of an herb by observing the change inside of his body.

He discovered tea one day while testing a cure. On this day, Shen Nong tried too many different kinds of toxic herbs and he lost consciousness. As he lay there, a few drops of dew from a tea tree dropped on his lips and revived him. Fascinated by this miracle, he ate the leaf, and though it was very bitter, he was able to see the leaves moving through and removing the toxins from his body.

It is recorded in the first Chinese medicine book named after Shen Nong, 神农本草经 (Classic of Chinese Herbs by Shen Nong), that Shen Nong tried 72 toxic herbs a day and that each time, tea detoxified his body. This is the first known record in Chinese history that shows tea being used as a medicine.

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News of these medicinal qualities spread fast and tea varieties were developed for a host of different ailments, many of which are being proved true by modern science. For example, numerous recent studies have found that green tea has more anti-oxidants than any other drink. Anti-oxidants are shown to help reduce the presence of free radicals in our body. Free radicals randomly destroy healthy cells and reduce wholeness. It's no wonder that after more than 5000 years, green tea remains one of the most popular teas of the world! In honor of this rich history, Tea Beyond uses only the highest quality green tea as a base for all our beautiful blooming teas

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Tea 101 How Many Cups Of Tea Can I Drink Each Day?

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It brought to my attention when someone told me that he drinks 3 cups of tea per day. He said, "you know, green tea has EGCG, good for you. The more the better, so that the EGCG, good guys, can kill all of the free radicals, the bad guys, in my body"...

That's right. Drinking tea makes me feel energetic every day. But how many cuppa should I drink per day? Does it matter?

The main factors determine how many cups of tea we drink include:

1. % of Polyphenols in tea (including EGCG): it accounts for roughly 20-30% of dried tea leaves in terms of weight.

2. % of alkaloid, such as caffeine, theophylline, etc. Accounts for roughly 3-5% of dried leaves

3. How much liquid should we drink per day.  In average, we should drink 1.5 to 2 liters of liquid per day to keep our body functioning and balanced.

Based upon my research, in average, we should take at least 2 liters (64 oz) liquid per day, including everything. Here's where I get my numbers: We lose liquid via breathing, sweating, and generating "nature wastes"(urine, bowel), roughly 2 liter (64 oz) per day. This should be how much liquid we need to take in order to keep the balance.  

Does it mean we have to drink 64 oz liquid per day? We have multiple ways to get it: Through Meals, such as vegetables (salads), meat, chicken, fish, soups and snack foods, such as fruits. This part accounts for roughly 1/3 of liquid we need.

The rest?....we get it from drinks, such as alcohol, wine, beer, coffee, tea, juices, etc. 

Based upon the statistics above, it's safe to say 2-5 cups of tea would be in the right range. If also depends on how strong your tea is steeped. If light, you can drink more. If strong (do not recommend it in general. I will discuss it in a separate article), 1-2 cups of tea can get your body activated in the morning.


How many cups of tea do you drink every day? please share in comments below.

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