I’m going to start this post off by saying that I use to drink about 6 cups of green tea a day. Now I’ve fallen back into the organic coffee habit but I still try to incorporate herbal and green tea into my day somewhere…somehow.
Tea…many different kinds….so good for us….so healing….so stimulating….metabolism booster…digestive aid…anti-inflammatory…the list goes on.
Some of the best teas to incorporate into your day would be green, black, oolong, matcha, white and yellow tea.
Green tea is king of teas….heart healthy and loaded with antioxidants as powerful as those found in broccoli. These antioxidants fight free radicals in your body and lower the levels of oxidation which is what damages your cells. High levels of oxidative damage is linked to heart health. There is one antioxidant in particular found in green tea that is excellent for your arteries and it is called (EGCG) or epigallocatechin gallate. This compound is also beneficial to your metabolism. Green tea improves brain function, lowers the risk of cancer, protects the brain against neurodegenerative diseases, is antibacterial and more. It’s a win-win. Drink more green tea.
There are lots of good teas to drink…not just black, green, yellow and white. Many herbal teas come with good benefits. People have been sipping tea for centuries. It was Chinese medicine that discovered just how medicinal tea is.
Tea leaves contain a compound called polyphenol, considered one of the most powerful chemicals found in mother nature’s plants. These polyphenols act as antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, heart healthy and anti-cancer. Is that not a good enough reason to drink tea on a regular basis?
The following herbal, caffeine free teas are on my hot list.
- GINGER tea is very good for digestion. I usually have one of these after dinner each night. In fact I carry ginger tea bags with me in my purse and order a pot of hot water at some restaurants that don’t have good tea. Ginger tea reduces inflammation, calms down an upset digestive system by relieving nausea, is good for heart health, helps alleviate menstrual pain, aids in the cholesterol fight, and stimulates the brain. Wow….powerful and tasty at the same time.
- FENNEL tea is good for digestion, is heart healthy, helps with IBS symptoms, helps regulate blood pressure along with a healthy diet, has antioxidant properties that help with the reduction of free radicals, boosts the brain, enhances skin health, supports bone health, and helps with seasonal allergy symptoms
- CHAMOMILE tea is very calming, helps lower blood sugar, is good for strong bones, may help with mild insomnia, is good to drink when your body is fighting a cold, is good for skin health.
- PEPPERMINT tea is good for digestion, anti-cancer, full of antioxidants to fight off free radicals, relaxes the colon so is supportive of IBS and general digestive health, and is cooling.
- HIBISCUS tea makes a lovely ice tea. This tea is very refreshing hence it’s good taste as a cold beverage as well as a hot one. It’s a great tea to drink when you have the flu. It’s positive on blood pressure.
- ECHINACEA tea is used to prevent and/or shorten a common cold. It boosts the immune system, soothes sore throat and stuffy nose.
- ROOIBOS tea, also known as African Red Bush tea, is full of antioxidants. On our safari in Africa this is the tea we were served as our hot beverage. I use it often during the day when I want a hot beverage with no caffeine yet delivering me benefits. This tea is good for your bone health, good for blood pressure, cholesterol.
- SAGE tea is good for brain health and cognition. Also good for colon and heart health.
- LEMON BALM tea is good for your arteries, is full of antioxidants, good for heart health and skin health, calming anxiety tooi.
- ROSE HIP tea is high in vitamin C, is anti-inflammatory, found to be good for arthritis, helps with metabolism, helps to keep skin youthful, good for stomach pain.
So you see, there are many teas out there with benefits. Sipping tea is like a ritual. It’s time to stop and smell the roses…so to speak. A good time of day to reset. Tea time is good for you.