The Healthy Benefits of Tea
While I have just arrived soaked and cold, I turn on the kettle for a nice cup of tea. It is standard in my routine to take a moment’s rest when I’m home, nothing at all, just my tea and me. A win-win situation if you ask me, because tea is also very healthy. I have listed the healthiest teas (and what they are good for) for you! So grab a nice cup of tea and read this article.
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For thousands of years, green tea has been the healthiest tea on earth. And that’s not surprising, the tea contains many nutrients and antioxidants that are good for your body and mind. Many of these vitamins retain their strength until the last nip. Also for this tea I have listed a few advantages for you:
- Good for your skin
Green tea is known for an anti-aging effect. This is because it slows down the aging of cells (thanks to the antioxidants), which can reduce skin development for wrinkles. If that is not a big advantage …
- Good for your heart
Drink one to three cups of green tea every day and your cholesterol and high blood pressure will decrease. This ultimately has good consequences for a healthy heart!
- Good for your teeth
Green tea reduces inflammation and limits the growth of certain bacteria that cause tooth decay. It also contains fluoride, which is good for your teeth. So green tea is definitely recommended for good and strong teeth!
Tip! Try not to drink more than 5 cups of green tea, because it also contains caffeine and this is less good for you.
This slightly sweet, caramel / vanilla-like, earthy tea (actually it does not come from a tea plant but from a bush) has everyone in its cupboard. But what is rooibos tea good for? It contains at least many minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, and zinc. A number of benefits of rooibos tea:
- Helps against allergies
Various substances in the tea can reduce coughing and heavy breathing caused by an allergic reaction (and asthma). In addition, rooibos tea has no sleepy effect, which most allergy inhibitors have.
- Stronger bones
The powerful substances, luteolin and orientin contained in rooibos tea, ensure extra strong bones. It promotes the density of the bones, which in turn prevents them from becoming weaker as they age.
- Energy boost
What is special about this tea is that you can take it as a pre-workout drink. Because it contains certain substances (which are better than caffeine), you can start exercising with focus.
Tip! You can drink Rooibos all day long because it contains no caffeine.
Fun fact! If you order rooibos tea in China, you will probably get black tea. This is because ” red tea ” stands for traditional black tea. Pay attention to what you order in Asian countries!
White tea is becoming totally hip and happening. The light taste of this tea is due to the fact that it is picked very early. This makes white tea healthier than green or black tea, while they come from the same tea plant. What are the benefits? I lend a hand:
The amount of antioxidants in this tea is higher than in the other teas. Antioxidants ensure that diseases are prevented in the longer term, for example antioxidants are also found in fruit and vegetables.
- Good for your hair
The number of antioxidants (can’t put it enough how healthy it is) help to treat hair related disorders such as hair loss and dandruff. White tea also contains EGCG, that substance improves hair growth because it supports the hair cells.
- Low caffeine
White tea has relatively little caffeine compared to the other teas.
For improving your memory or delaying memory loss, white tea is a good solution, because the tea is full of catechin (protects against strokes).
Tip! Allow the boiling water to cool a little before you put the tea bag in, otherwise the tea “scares”.
Fresh ginger tea
Lately (fresh) ginger tea, due to its somewhat spicy and internal taste, has become very popular (and it also looks nice). Ginger is not from a tea plant and is therefore officially not a tea, but it is very healthy! Ginger is full of vitamin C and magnesium. A few benefits about hot water with ginger listed:
- It’s nice for your belly
Nausea, bloating or menstrual pain? A cup of hot water with ginger is a relief for these complaints. Ginger has the power to calm your belly.
- It makes you happy
An important deadline at work? Try to take a break and drink a cup of hot water with ginger. The calming effect makes you feel a lot happier!
- Improves your immune system
Do you feel flu coming or do you want to prevent this? Then drink hot water with ginger in particular. Because ginger is packed with antioxidants, it gives your immune system a big boost.
- Helps lose weight
Ginger is the savior to regulate your blood sugar levels, this helps with weight loss. A high blood sugar level causes hunger and leads to more (unhealthy) food. Are you busy losing weight and do you exercise? Then hot water with ginger is a good option. It also relieves your muscle aches!
Tip: try fresh ginger tea with a slice of lemon or cinnamon for an extra delicious taste!
Fresh mint tea
Fresh mint tea cannot be missing from this list. This tea is wonderfully fresh and has a pure taste. It is also super easy to make, put a sprig of mint in boiling water, add a stick of licorice (or dash of honey) and voila. You can also grow your own mint plant and you have fresh mint every summer! Just like ginger tea, this tea is not from a tea plant. Benefits? Read them quickly:
- Relieves pain with breastfeeding
The nipples can sometimes feel painful while breastfeeding. Take a cup of mint tea after feeding, and you will find that your nipples “tear less.”
- Feeling tight?
Take a cup of mint tea. The scent of menthol helps to open your airways. It offers you some relief.
- Also called sleepy tea
If you are restless, this tea is a nice soothing tea. There is no caffeine in it.