By Blaine Ochoa
Health and wellness is the foundation of living a bountiful life. We can not function our best everyday if we are not taking care of our bodies properly and giving it the proper nutrients it needs. This is achieved by eating healthy, drinking a lot of water and also incorporating a variety of vitamins into your daily routine. Research has shown that there are also many health benefits from drinking different types of tea. Tea is a natural source that is derived from tea leaves and is brewed or steeped. Having a cup of tea in the morning or evening will increase your overall health, and is delicious to enjoy! These are the top 5 teas that you should be drinking weekly. They provide many health benefits, from boosting your immune system, weight loss, increasing energy and clarity, to improving sleep patterns.
This minty flavored tea is known to help relieve pain and relax your body and muscles. Peppermint tea is also great for digestion and can also help alleviate headaches. It is a great tea to drink before bedtime due to its calming effects. It also can be a perfect fall and winter holiday drink and can be incorporated into different drink recipes.
The most popular and well known tea is green tea. Green tea has an earthy flavor and is filled with antioxidants. “Green tea was used in traditional Chinese and Indian medicine to control bleeding and heal wounds, aid digestion, improve heart and mental health, and regulate body temperature.” It is also said that “green tea has positive effects on everything from type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and even aids in fighting certain types of cancer.” One of the many reasons I drink green tea is due to its aid in weight loss by boosting metabolism and energy giving effects. This tea is a good choice if you are looking for a coffee replacement.
This tea is known to improve sleep quality, and is also a great aid in reducing anxiety and depression. Research shows chamomile tea is great to drink if you have a cold, as it is known to boost your immune system. It also has many beauty benefits, including giving your skin a clearer completion and reducing acne. It also eases menstrual pain and stomach cramps. This is another great tea to have right before bedtime.
The ‘prettiest of the teas’ is hibiscus tea. Hibiscus tea once brewed is a dark red or magenta color and has a cranberry flavor to it and is somewhat tart. This tea also has a lot of antioxidants within it. “Studies have found that hibiscus tea may lower both systolic and diastolic blood pressure,” as well as “hibiscus may promote liver health and keep it working efficiently.” This tea is very refreshing on a spring or summer day. Add fresh blueberries or strawberries to spice it up and you have a perfect drink.
“Folk medicine suggests that ginger tea can help calm motion sickness symptoms like dizziness, vomiting, and cold sweats,” and it also “relieves nausea caused by pregnancy, chemotherapy, or surgery.” Ginger tea is also known to have many different antioxidants and can also help “relieve nasal congestion and respiratory issues and allergies.” I prefer to drink ginger tea hot and with lemon and honey.
I highly recommend adding these teas into your weekly or daily routine. You will see a variety of health benefits and overall increased wellness. I personally like to add in cinnamon, stevia, honey, or fresh fruit to my tea depending on which tea i’m drinking that day. These teas are great to be served hot or cold, and you can incorporate and utilize in different times of the year for holiday parties and festivities. Cheers, and I hope you enjoy experimenting with these delicious and beneficial types of teas!