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3 Ways Hot Tea Can Get Your New Year Off to a Great Start

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Have you resolved to be a healthier person this year? Aside from eating right and exercising, there's another way you can make 2016 the year you make better decisions. If you drink a lot of soda or other carbonated beverages, a good way to get away from them is to replace each drink with something else. For example, if you typically consume an energy drink to get going in the morning, try switching to a mug of black coffee. You'll get the burst of energy without all the sugar and other unnatural ingredients. For your other daily drinks, consider switching to hot tea. Especially in the winter, hot tea can be a great substitute for sugary beverages. And not only does it replace the unhealthy drink, it can bestow many benefits.

Here are three ways hot tea can make your new year great:

1. Antioxidants
Chances are good that you've heard about antioxidants, but do you know what they are or why they're good for you? To understand the importance of antioxidants you have to know what a free radical is first. A free radical is a naturally occurring phenomenon that occurs during normal metabolism. To put it in simple terms, a free radical occurs when a molecule loses an electron and then bumps into another molecule to steal an electron away, thus creating a chain of electron-stealing molecules. These can cause a number of harmful effects from chronic illness to signs of aging.

Antioxidants travel through the body absorbing free radicals so they cease to be a problem. The flavonoids in green, black, white and oolong tea contain a lot of antioxidants, which is why many people believe that drinking tea can aid in the prevention of chronic illness and premature aging. To get the most out of your tea, use the Mr. Coffee® Hot Tea Maker, which has specific heat settings for each type of tea.

Tea isn't only good for you, it'll keep you warm during the winter.Tea isn't only good for you, it'll keep you warm during the winter.

2. Stay Hydrated
Many Americans don't drink enough water each day. While the amount of water you need varies depending on a number of criteria such as height, weight and activity level, it is generally a good idea to drink water throughout the day. But if you prefer to drink something with a little more flavor, tea is a great option. It is, after all, mostly water. It will keep you well hydrated and won't make your kidneys work overtime. Try making a big travel mug of tea at the beginning of the day and finish it before lunch. After you eat, make another and try to finish it before dinner - it's a simple way to alter your mood and stay hydrated throughout the day.

Each type of tea has different health benefits.Each type of tea has different health benefits.

3. Protect Your Cardiovascular Health
A number of studies have shown that regular consumption of tea can benefit cardiovascular health. By making tea drinking a habit, you can protect your arteries and veins from a number of problems. When added to a healthy lifestyle, drinking tea has even been shown to lower the risk of heart attacks. In other words, there's no good reason not to drink tea!