What's the TEA?
Herbal tea is not only yummy but very beneficial in revitalizing our cells and providing our bodies with nutrients that we may miss out on due to our lifestyle choices and eating habits.
We've all had those days where we forgot our multivitamin or our green smoothie and in this pandemic we cannot afford to miss days! What’s more, herbal teas provide you with an excellent means to stay hydrated (we all get bored with water sometimes) while getting a boost of vitamins, antioxidants, and helping take the edge off the day.
Here’s your breakdown of everything you need to know about herbal teas, plus some delicious blends to try at home:
- Made from fruits, herbs, leaves, and flowers and come in an incredible number of combinations to suit almost anyone’s tastes.
- Caffeine-free but note that there are a few exceptions like the popular oolong, which do contain some caffeine.
- Stay hydrated: If you’re one of the many who struggles to meet your daily water intake goals, adding a cup or two of herbal tea to your routine can help you get there.
- Aid digestion: Eat too much at dinner? Has the itis kicked in? Various herb-based teas have properties to see you through an upset stomach.Try peppermint, or chamomile tea.
- Manage your stress levels: We all know how taking a timeout for a warm, calming cup of tea instantly seems to soothe nerves and ease stress. Lavender is perfect for the job.
- Help controls blood sugar: Anyone who is pre-diabetic or suffers from Type 2 diabetes should note that there are several herbal teas which can help lower blood sugar levels. Check out blueberry or bilberry tea. Just be sure to skip any sweeteners.
- Anti-inflammatory: Herbal teas like ginger and turmeric, can help reduce inflammation and potentially decrease flare-ups from conditions like arthritis and Crohn's disease.
Lower blood pressure: Anyone who suffers from hypertension or high blood pressure knows that managing it requires a variety of lifestyle changes. Exercising more and improving the quality of your diet can go a long way to getting your blood pressure under control.
- Reminder certain teas can have side effects especially if you consume them in large volume. Some may even interact with specific medications and those with food allergies will want to carefully inspect labels to make sure to avoid any potential allergens. As always, you should direct any questions and concerns to your doctor if you have any concerns, especially if you’re pregnant or nursing.
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