I love tea. Well, “love” is an understatement — I’m positively enamored. Here’s why…
This post comes from our blog intern, Natalie.
I’ve had only one cup of coffee my entire life, maybe because tea fulfills all my needs. An iced green tea wakes me up on my morning drive to work, and a steaming mug of chamomile lulls me into a deep slumber each night.
Tea is incredibly good for you, and possesses many more health benefits than just tasting good. Whether you need a little assistance on your summer bod or are looking to reduce stress, there’s a specific blend to meet your needs.
Learn how the following 5 teas can benefit you and some specific types I recommend! It should be noted that tea isn’t going to create any drastic effects but, in working toward wellness, every little bit helps.
Drink: Green Tea
Because: It helps to boost your metabolism, aids in weight loss, improves brain function and is very high in catechins. Catechins are antioxidants which help to prevent cancer, heart disease and overall cell damage. Its caffeine content also can help to give you a much needed jolt of energy in the morning.
I recommend: Green sencha, Moroccan mint, and matcha tea. While there are many types of green teas and fusions to choose from, my personal favorites are these three. Sencha is by the far the best iced, Moroccan is refreshing and can also help soothe an upset stomach, and matcha is great with almond milk as a latte.
Drink: Mint Tea
Because: It helps to reduce stress, cures bad breath, aids in digestion and can help boost the immune system.
I recommend: Peppermint. It is the one of the most common mint teas and my personal favorite. It is best when imbibed hot. I tend to reach for peppermint tea after a meal as it helps to soothe my stomach and digest the food with more ease.
Drink: Rooibos Tea
Because: It is anti-inflammatory, aiding in preventing heart related illnesses, good for promoting healthy bones and teeth, and can give a boost to the digestive tract. Rooibos is a lesser known tea, but reaps some of the most benefits due to its rich content of minerals, including calcium, iron and magnesium.
I recommend: Vanilla rooibos tea . This is one of my all-time favorite drinks. It is best hot and naturally embodies a hint of sweetness.
Drink: Chamomile Tea
Because: It promotes sleep, soothes stomach aches, and can help in calming muscle spasms. Chamomile tea has even been proven to promote healthy skin.
I recommend: Hot chamomile tea. Best sipped right before bed. Feel your eyelids fall heavy after a delightful cup, and slip into a restful slumber.
Drink: Black Tea
Because: It can help lower cholesterol and boasts a considerable amount of caffeine if you are looking for an alternative to coffee. It comes from the same plant as green tea, so it has similar levels of antioxidants that help to prevent cancer.
I recommend: Earl Grey. This is a common black tea, and for a good reason. It possesses a slightly bitter flavor, which I personally enjoy, but also tastes amazing with a splash of milk and teaspoon of honey stirred in.
+What is your favorite type of tea? Share below!