Love your caffeine fix? You may consider opting for a cup of tea the next time you need a pick-me-up. Not only does tea come in countless flavors, but sipping on a cup can be great for your health as well. Each of the various blends offers unique protection and benefit to the body, in addition to distinct aroma and taste. With such a wide array to choose from, taking care of your health never has to be a dull routine–for you, or your taste buds! Try any one of the following varieties, iced or hot, for a nutrient-rich, healthy delight.
The Sugar Blaster
Black Tea (Darjeeling, Earl Grey & Chai) The polysaccharides found in black tea provide glucose-inhibiting properties to help reduce and prevent diabetes. Plus, black tea is caffeine packed for when you need a morning boost!
The Colon Cleanser
White Tea (Silver Needle, White Peony & Long Life Eyebrow) White teas are a great choice when you’re looking for a lighter option. Due to reduced processing, white teas have a more delicate taste and are high in polyphenols, antioxidants noted for lowering the risk of colon cancer.
Sage is traditionally a cooking ingredient, but the bold flavor also makes for a delicious cup of tea! Due to high levels of flavanoids, sage teas are noted for boosting alertness, balancing mood, and reducing both anxiety and inflammation to leave you feeling good all the way around. For the best taste, combine sage tea with a black tea brew and add a pinch of honey–yum!
The Personal Scratcher
When consumed, wormwood tea is high in antioxidants and polyphenols that aid in reducing itching and irritation–total relief when no one is around to scratch your back! When applied directly to the skin, the tea provides a great, refreshing at-home remedy. Just brew the tea, drain the water, and place the tea leaves directly on your skin for ten minutes to leave your skin feeling soft and smooth!
The Migraine Nixer
Ginger has often been noted for its metabolic boosting powers, but ginger tea also works as an anti-inflammatory agent by blocking prostaglandins (the chemicals responsible for swelling in the brain, aka-headache). When you feel a headache coming on, try a cup of ginger tea to help block and reduce that naggy, achy feeling.
The Skinny Tea
For a great way to sip to skinny, try oolong tea, which has been noted to help burn fat and lead to sustained weight loss! Just be careful not to undo these effects by adding too much sugar!
Green Tea (Matcha, Sencha & Jasmine)
Made from unfermented leaves, green tea contains lower doses of caffeine than most tea blends, but is high in the amino acid L-theanine, which has been shown to induce relaxation and relieve stress. While green tea is known for its metabolism boosting effects, what many don’t know is drinking green tea can lead to strong and healthy gums. It’s like having an at-home dentist!
Whether you’re feeling drowsy in the morning and need a burst of energy, looking for a tasty treat to enjoy with friends, or simply need a way to relax after a long day, have tea time–you’ll not only be satisfied with great taste, but your body will thank you too!