Science says THIS is why no one can make your tea exactly right

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by Emma Dodds |
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Researchers have found that there's a reason why your co-workers and pals can't make a cup of tea just the way you like it.

The team behind the research for Tetley Tea found that science is holding us back when it comes to making tea for other people - and that's because there's literally millions of ways to do it.

Specifically, 24 MILLION.

Yep. That means there are 23,999,999 ways to get it wrong.

Bet you don't feel so bad now, ay?!

But according to the scientists led by Dr James Hind at Nottingham Trent University, along with Tetley Master Tea Maker Sebastian Michaelis, there is a general preference among Brits.

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Apparently, the best way to make a cup of tea is brewing it for 60 seconds exactly, a dash of cold semi-skimmed milk, three dunks of the teabag - and no sugar.

We're not sure about this one, ladies and gents.

No sugar?!

But according to the research, we might be in the minority with our sugary tea - three quarters of people responded to say that they don't take sugar either...


Master Tea Maker Michaelis (who knew THAT was a job?) revealed that his taste buds are insured for a whopping £1 million.

He said: "What I found fascinating is that there are so many possible ways of making a cup of tea, but there is no secret method for the perfect cuppa.

"Everyone takes their tea a little differently, which is why no one can quite make it as perfectly as you."

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1. Say goodbye to unnecessary chemicals

"Some fragrances and colours are skin irritants and have no actual benefits for the skin - they simply look and smell nice. "According to the research almost two thirds of British women are concerned about the chemicals in their personal care products so my advice would be to avoid unnecessary chemical ingredients and look for shower gels and deodorants that are kinder to skin - such as the Sanex Zero% range which is formulated with 0% colourants, 0% soap and 0% parabens."

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2. Avoid low fat diets

"When it comes to holistic health, achieving a healthy balance is really important. Choose healthy fats for healthy cell function – this can be added into your diet through foods such as avocadoes, fish, nuts and seeds and plant oils such as flax and hemp. "Another tip is to ditch the processed margarines. If you're going to have butter then make it organic natural butter which has less synthetic ingredients."

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3. Try light exercise

"Getting up and moving daily will boost circulation, and getting your muscles moving will increase your levels of 'happy' hormones or endorphins and blood flow. This in turn will give your skin a lovely healthy glow. "It doesn't matter whether it's a light stroll or training at the gym, as long as you're moving your skin will feel the benefits."

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4. Get an early night

"Lack of sleep increases the visible appearance of ageing, such as dark circles caused by sluggish circulation."With that in mind say goodbye to your phone or tablet at least an hour before going to bed and try to get a good night's sleep – your skin will thank you for it."

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5. Reduce sugar intake

"A high intake of sugar can cause an inflammatory reaction within the skin resulting in a whole host of skin conditions, from acne and rosacea to premature ageing and dry skin. "A little treat every now and then won't hurt, but try to keep an eye on your sugar levels if you're looking to keep skin healthy."

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6. Curb the caffeine

"Too much coffee or caffeinated drinks can put extra stress on the liver and digestive system which impacts your body's natural detoxification process. "This build-up of toxins can have a negative effect on the health of your skin causing issues such as dry skin, redness and sensitivity."

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7. Skincare shouldn't stop at your face

"There can often be a temptation to focus on the health of the skin on our faces but we must remember that the whole body is covered in skin which is the largest organ of your body – so we need to make sure we are giving it the care it deserves."Our skin absorbs a percentage of the products we apply, so choose products that are gentle on skin with natural moisturisers."

He added that it's not about whether there's milk or the strength of the tea - it's the BLENDING of the tea that's crucial.

Sebastian also said: "’Blending tea, like blending whisky or champagne, is both a science and an art.

"Without the right balance of flavours, brightness and body, your tea would taste less like a Grand Cru and more like cheap plonk."

Cheap plonk, ay?

No-one wants that.

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