As I sit in bed this morning I am thrilled to hear the pitter-patter of rain outside my window. It is a rare thing in Southern California, so when it happens I celebrate! One of my morning rituals is a cup of hot tea; At night, I also often have a cup of chamomile to calm me down before I lay my head to rest. Drinking tea is a delicious way to gain some wonderful benefits for your body and mind. Here are 5 popular teas and the health benefits each has to offer.
This calming tea with the delicious soft scent is packed with nutrients that will benefit your body and mind. Chamomile is known for its sedative effect on the body and is often used to help calm babies. Many like to drink it right before bed. Chamomile can also help you fight off a cold because it is an anti-bacterial. Chamomile tea also helps with stomach aches, irritable bowel, and digestion because it soothes the stomach lining.
Right now, the stores are full of pumpkin everything, but we are nearing that time of year when peppermint will take center stage as the holidays come around. And since peppermint tea is quite good for you, jump on the Christmas bandwagon a bit early (not that early!) and brew some up yourself. Peppermint tea is great for soothing stomachaches because it has menthol in it, which has a relaxing effect on your tummy as well as all of your muscles. Some use peppermint for losing weight because it can suppress your appetite.
Green tea is well known to have antioxidants that help keep your immune system nice and strong! It is also filled with caffeine that will keep you awake and alert. Green tea is often used for weight loss because the caffeine heightens performance and increases endurance. It also contains bioactive compounds that can decrease your chances of getting Alzheimer’s Disease.
Earl Grey has a very strong leafy flavor, so if you like your tea to be strong, this is your cup of tea. It contains plenty of caffeine to wake you up and give you energy so it can inadvertently aid with weight loss because it helps get you off your butt. Earl Grey tea can lower your blood pressure and increase good cholesterol to keep your heart healthy due to the high counts of antioxidants it contains. This tea is packed with bergamot which relaxes the body but can also keep you alert at the same time without giving you the jitters!
Chai tea, which is a mixture of cinnamon, black tea, cloves, cardamom, ginger and black pepper, is a yummy spicy tea that will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Mixing all these ingredients together in a drink creates an astounding amount of antioxidants which keeps your immune system strong by fighting off harmful free radicals. This tea also helps with digestion as well as relieve symptoms associated with nausea. Each of these ingredients also helps to serve as an anti-inflammatory.
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Tea can help you curl up in a warm blanket and head off to a long winter’s nap or to get your sleepy butt out of bed. Just put the kettle on the stove and start brewing!