Living a healthy life can be done in so many ways by switching bad food with healthy one. Drinks are no exception to this, so next time when you’re going to buy a soda or juice, think about the healthier choices that can be made.
There are so many healthy, herbal tea that you should include in your lifestyle. Green, black and white tea are just few among many other teas that can do wonders for our health – they can take good care of our heart, blood circulation, immunity, even hair and skin. Check out the ten teas we picked for you, choose the one that fits your needs the most and write it down on your next grocery list.
1. Green Tea
This surely doesn’t come as surprise, as there are so many sources advising us to drink this tea daily, but the truth is that green tea is truly the world’s healthiest tea! It’s rich with powerful nutrients, such as the antioxidants that protect our cells and molecules from damage. The most powerful antioxidant in green tea is Epigallocatechin Gallate that is linked to treating some diseases and lowering the risk, making this tea one of the healthiest of all. The tea contains amino acid L-theanine, known for improving brain function, and contains amounts of caffeine thanks to which it keeps us awake and improves our physical performance. Among many other benefits, the green tea contains catechins that can lower risk of infections, bacteria and inhibit viruses.
2. Black Tea
The black tea can help in decreasing the risk of contracting many cardiovascular diseases and according to some studies, by consuming it you can also reduce bad cholesterol levels. The tea is also rich in tannins which have relaxing effect on our digestive system, and thanks to the anti – inflammatory properties, the tea can also be helpful in treating digestive disorders. Black tea contains theaflavins that destroy abnormal cells before they turn into cancerous cells or do some damage in your body. That means, consuming black tea helps in preventing cancer, especially breast cancer. People dealing with asthma can try consuming it more often, as the tea expands the air passage and allows asthma patients to breath more easily.
3. White Tea
White tea has antibacterials properties thanks to which it protects us from getting various infections leading to bacteria. This tea is especially known for the anti – aging properties that it contains – the white tea contains polyphenols that help in neutralizing the free radicals in our body, not allowing them to make a damage to our skin and certain organs. Certain researches show that white tea acts as anticancer and that it can prevent the growth of cells in lung cancer. Other researches show that diabetic people can benefit from consuming white tea, because it can relief them from certain symptoms, such as excessive thirst. White tea also contains flavonoids, that help in preventing us from cardiovascular diseases.
4. Rooibos Tea
Just like the white tea, the red rooibos tea contains polyphenols, as well aspalathin and nothofagin, three antioxidants that regulate the free radicals in the body, stopping them from causing certain diseases, while building our immunity system at the same time. There’s another antioxidant known as quercetin, that is linked to preventing certain heart conditions, like strokes and heart attacks. Unlike the green tea, the rooibos doesn’t contain caffeine, so people who are dealing with insomnia can drink it without worries. In fact, the tea can help us sleep better and give us more energy! Rooibos contains calcium and magnesium, thanks to which it can take good care of our bone health and teeth, making them stronger.
5. Oolong Tea
Oolong tea also contains polyphenol which controls the metabolism of fat in our body. It is not scientifically proved, but it is believed that consuming regularly oolong tea can help in losing weight. The polyphenol acts as antioxidant and removes the free radicals and stops them from doing serious damage. According to research studies, this compound may also act as stress – reliever. The oolong tea is recommended for people dealing with certain skin conditions such as eczema and relieving skin conditions. Just like the rooibos tea, this one also helps in making our bone structure to be stronger and out teeth healthier. The oolong tea’s benefits are doubled, because it has combined qualities of both black and green tea.
6. Ginger Tea
Are you experiencing nausea every time you travel? Then, drinking a cup of ginger tea before you leave can help you! Besides beating nausea, ginger tea is quite helpful when it comes to colds because it is really rich in vitamin C. It is also rich with other vitamins, minerals and amino acids that are good at storing and improving blood circulation. The tea also has anti – inflammatory properties thanks to which it can solve any muscle or joint problems. Ginger tea improves our stomach performance, while at the same time because of the antioxidants that it contains, it can improve and strengthen our immunity. It is not scientifically approved, but it is believed that ginger tea can also relieve women’s menstrual pain.
7. Nettle Tea
Nettle is so rich with calcium, that just 10 grams of this herb contain 290 miligrams of calcium, while in 10 grams of spinach there is only 10 miligrams of calcium. As diuretic, the nettle tea affects and improves the function of the kidneys, while it can help in relieving urinary problems as well. Even though it is not scientifically proven, many herbalists use nettle tea for hair growth, so if you would like to have healthier and longer hair, try consuming nettle tea. The tea also contains chlorophyll that makes a good cure when it comes to treating acne. Thanks to the anti – inflammatory properties that the nettles have, the tea can help in treating arthritis.
8. Hibiscus Tea
According to a research from the Tufts University in Boston, the anti – inflammatory properties that this ruby red tea has can reduce the blood pressure to 10 percent. Another study has shown that hibiscus tea can help people who are dealing with hypertension and it can take good care of our cardiovascular health. Hibiscus tea contains antioxidants that can lower the levels of bad cholesterol and may also help in fighting liver diseases. Besides the antioxidant properties, the tea also is anti – tumor – there’s a study that suggests that hibiscus tea can slow down the growth of cancerous cells. The tea is rich in vitamin C, so consuming it while you’re dealing with cold, it can actually relieve the symptoms.
9. Peppermint Tea
Peppermint tea is carminative and analgesic, meaning that it has a calming effect on our digestive tract and can improve certain digestive conditions, like irritable bowel syndrome, stomachache and constipation. It is also antispasmodic, which means that it lowers the possibility of nausea and vomiting and it also improves our respiratory condition. Peppermint tea is quite helpful for dealing with the flu (reduces the discomfort of the symptoms we experience) and for improving our immunity because it has antibacterial properties. Thanks to the mint scent, if you’re dealing with bad breath, then consuming a peppermint tea is definitely a good way to refresh it.
10. Chamomile Tea
Chamomile tea and chamomile salve were used for centuries for healing wounds, that’s why you’ll find the chamomile as ingredient in many salves. It has antibacterial properties thanks to which drinking chamomile tea can be quite helpful for treating the flu and being protected from infections. Chamomile tea has calming effects on our nervous system, allowing us to sleep better and fight against insomnia. It also has the same effect on muscle spasm and menstrual pain. Chamomile tea has anti – inflammatory and antiseptic properties, thanks to which our skin can be healthier, especially if you’re dealing with eczema, acne or other skin conditions.