Wellness Wednesday: The health benefits of drinking tea

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Welcome to Wellness Wednesdays, where each week we'll show you how to make your life just a little bit better. From fitness to food, mindfulness and even love, check back each week for more tips on making this your best year yet.

Are you a coffee lover? You might want to switch to tea — your body will thank you. We chatted with Dr. Karen Latimer about the reasons to drink more tea, and as opposed to your cup of joe, it offers a lot of variety, is gentler on your system, and has a host of health benefits.

It has less caffeine than coffee, contains cancer-fighting antioxidants, offers cardio benefits, protects your bones, and more.

Herbal teas like chamomile and lavender helps with insomnia because they reduce your stress levels, ginger and peppermint are great for digestive health, echinacea boost immunity, and lemon balm decreases anxiety.

Think of it this way: Herbal teas offer immediate relief for ailments, and traditional teas offer more long-term benefits.

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