Health

The Magic Powers of Tea

To me there is something very special about sipping on a warm beverage. My go to was always coffee, but with that no longer on my list of things to consume I drink a large amount of tea. I always have but just recently have been putting a lot of attention and care in to the teas that I drink. A cup of tea packs a powerful punch of antioxidants, and has the awesome ability to calm the mind, body and spirit.

Tea is like a cup full of magic.

Imagine by drinking it you gain healing powers for your body. Every sip soothes the soul and empowers your body with vitamins and minerals. Well it does just that. What’s not to love huh?

My issue is I like variation. There are so many different types of teas out there and I want to try them all. Now that tea is my beverage of choice I am learning about all the different types and have dropped a few dollars on some goods teas. There is the typical green tea, good ol’ black tea, white tea, Oolong, chamomile, and other different herbals.

Teas contain polyphenols. And just so we are all on the same page, polyphenols help in preventing free radical damage produced by environmental toxins and some foods we eat. Green tea contains the most polyphenols… let’s explore the tea rainbow shall we…

Green Tea: With is containing the most polyphenols it packs a high antioxidant dosage. Can we say cancer fighter? Yes! Green tea has been proven to help the body fight of cancer. It also can lower cholesterol and can keep your blood sugar levels steady. It’s also good for your mouth. Green tea aids in the presentation of dental decay and helps strengthen tooth enamel. Pretty magical huh…

Black and Oolong Tea: Has the same magical cancer fighting properties as green teas. Although the process by which black teas are made breaks down the teas enzymes, causing it to lose some of it’s medical properties. Nonetheless is still delicious, especially with a splash of almond milk.

Ginger Tea: One of my favorites! Ginger is known to promote digestion. Drinking ginger tea helps relieve cramps and other stomach issues. It can also assist in curbing motion sickness, is a non-drowsy alternative, boosts the immune system and can help to treat and prevent colds. Plus is super tasty. Try mixing it with some lemon juice and honey.

Chamomile Tea: Mostly known for is calming and relaxing properties, chamomile also nourishes us in other ways. It relieves cramps, helps balance and restore the nervous system, and is packed full of anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. This one is best to drink before bedtime.

Lemon Balm Tea: I’m excited about this one! I just bought a lemon balm plant so I can make my own tea from it’s leaves. This tea is made from the fresh leaves and may help counteract sleeplessness and alleviate tension. It is an awesome mood booster, it can help ease anxiety. So excited to make my own…

Mint Tea: Who it’s familiar with the mint varieties of the tea world? Again another tea that helps with stomach ailments, intestinal issues and nausea. By sipping mint tea you are helping combat stress, depression, and mental fatigue.

White Tea: I am really starting to fall in love with white tea. They have a very delicate flavor and are sweet… maybe that’s why I  like them so much! They contain high levels of antioxidants so drink up!

Are you not inspired to drink tea now? I think I’m going to make some up right now. I just bought some teas from a place called Teavana. I’m going to make up a cup of their Pineapple Kona Pop blend. It smells like candy and tastes like a rainbow. Given it’s not a mocha but hey, it’s much cleaner for my body and mind… and that’s what I’m after. (Imagine me holding up a cup of tea…) here’s to your health… Cheers!!!