Caramel coffee with 4 spoonfuls of French Vanilla creamer… Oh! and maybe a scoop of sugar? This used to be how I would get my daily dose of caffeine, but then when I realized I was getting more of a sugar buzz than a caffeine buzz and gaining weight, I knew it was time to make a change. I’ve never been someone that loved the taste of coffee, but drank it because I knew it would help me get through the day. Although I still enjoy a cup every so often and it has its own benefits, I have switched over to drinking more tea. I have always loved tea, and after reading about its multiple benefits, and discovering the abundance of flavors, I’ve been adding more of it to my daily routine.
Here is a look into some of the health benefits:
- Green Tea: This has to be one of my favorites. I try to have a least one cup a day and I usually have it after lunch because I tend to be more sluggish in the afternoons, and this gives me a little pick me up. According to research it is said that the history of green tea originated in China and the legend goes that a man named Shien Non Shei was out walking one day when he accidentally tasted the juices from a tea leaf plant and thought them to have healing and medicinal properties. Since then green tea has been blooming every since in the health world. Some of the known benefits are:
* Lowers risk of cancer.
* Eases pain of Rheumatoid Arthritis .
* Stabilizes Cholesterol levels .
* Reduces Tooth Decay .
* Fights allergies in your body .
* Slows aging process to prevent wrinkles.
* Boosts Immune System .
* Promotes Weight Loss .
* Reduces & Prevents Acne.
And the list goes on and on. Green Tea contains EGCG, which is a substance that can help you metabolize and burn fat faster and slow weight gain, and that is why you are seeing it more and more in the news and in vitamins. One of my favorite drinks is a Green Tea Latte made with Almond milk, it’s not as healthy than if made with water, but it is another alternative if you are looking to switch it up!
- Peppermint: Peppermint in my eyes has always been a soothing relaxing scent, and the benefits of this tea reflect that. The smell of the tea is actually known to relax, relieve headaches, and a good remedy for stress. Also aids in digestion issues..so if you suffer from heartburn or IBS, or get nauseous easily, this may be the tea for you to try. It can also help with bad breath with its mild antiseptic and antibacterial action. If you are pregnant, you should consult your doctor before drinking this tea because it may cause the muscles of the uterus to relax too much.
- Ginger: After my surgery I was a mess, and I was having trouble keeping food down because of all the medication I was on. Everyday my amazing mother made me ginger tea to onset the nausea and it was incredible. Not only is ginger tea known to settle your stomach, but it is also known to curb hunger. The spice generates a sense of warmth in the body that can make you feel fuller longer. It also aids in the digestion process, sore throats, blood circulation, morning sickness, and helps reduce menstrual cramps.
- Hibiscus: For the past week I have been doing a Skin Detox with hibiscus tea. I drink one cup every morning with my oatmeal and eggs. I love the Yogi brand as shown above because it comes with motivational quotes on the tea bag, and it really just gets you amped for the day. This antioxidant packed tea is known to increase immunity. The Vitamin C in hibiscus can help you fight off colds and make your skin more radiant and smooth.
- Chamomile: This tea is known to be a mood lifter…so whenever I feel a little down or cranky I have a cup. The flowers pack flavonoids that may increase feel good hormones dopamine and serotonin. I usually drink this tea before bed because it helps as a sleep aid. It also is used as a stomach soother, wound healer, for muscle spasms, diabetes management, and a cold fighter. According to research, chamomile should be avoided during pregnancy because it may act as a uterine stimulant and could potentially increase the chance of abortion. It contains coumarin and could also increase the chance of bleeding if you have a blood disorder or are on blood thinner, so always consult your doctor beforehand.
So grab a cup or two of all these wonderful teas; add some honey or lemon…sit back, relax, and get ready to take on the day. Incorporating these into your diet will help get your health on track and make you feel better throughout the day! Drink your way to a healthier YOU !!!