Tea drinking is a long-held, ancient, tradition. Almost every culture has some evidence of consuming tea in some form. It is no surprise that tea continues to be one of the most commonly consumed beverages. The simple ritual of making tea and sitting down to a warm mug is stress relieving in itself, not to mention the many health benefits that come along with sipping different blends. Whether you use tea bags or loose leaves, adding a few cups of tea to your daily routine will provide many health perks.
There are hundreds of different types of teas to choose from. Aim for high quality teas, just as with any other supplements, you want the best you can find. Here is a short guide on the most common teas to help you choose which is best for you.
Many studies have been published about the numerous benefits of drinking black tea. Black tea may help prevent certain cancers, decrease your risk of heart disease, and prevent tooth decay. Typically, black tea is caffeinated and is what comprises the breakfast blend teas, making it great to have in the morning and mid-day. Try to avoid adding milk and sugar as it may negate these health benefits, and opt for a splash of citrus instead.
You may have already heard of the powerful antioxidant and anti-aging power of green tea. It has been shown to help ward off cancer, Alzheimer’s, and glaucoma. It is also often used to help in weight loss. This is also a caffeinated tea and great in place of morning coffee. Try incorporating 2-3 cups a day for metabolism boosting benefits.
White tea is like green tea in that it’s filled with health benefits. White tea is picked when the tea leaves are very young and very lightly processed, therefore holding more polyphenols than green tea. It is very good for keeping the immune system healthy and fighting infections and bacteria in the body. This is a good one to keep on hand when you are feeling unwell. Add a bit of honey and lemon for greater benefits.
Chamomile is a a popular herbal tea. It is widely known for its soothing and calming effects. As herbal teas are caffeine free, have a cup before bed to aid in restful sleep. Chamomile’s benefits do not stop there. It is also great to drink if you have an upset stomach or menstrual cramps, and even helps to ease muscle twitches.
Peppermint has a wide array of uses. Not only does this tea freshen breath, it is also a great after-dinner drink to help improve digestion. Peppermint can also be sipped to relieve headache pains and intestinal discomfort.
Tea is a tasty way to incorporate some added nutrition to your day, however it is not to be used as a treatment for any health concern. Speak with you doctor if you have health problems and before starting any new herbal supplements.
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