If you are a tea lover, well then I'm so glad you are with me!
There is a whole world to discover when it comes to teas and learning about all the benefits these medicinal leaves/plants can bring into our lives.
First there are over 1,500 types of tea in the world!
But the most common are green tea, black tea, white tea, and oolong tea. All other teas are herbal teas which are infusions of a combination of plants, fruits, herbs and spices are caffeine-free.
We will first explore the world of traditional teas and then mention just a few of my favorite herbal teas and all their benefits... and a few side effects.
In my opinion the most powerful tea to consume is....
This is my absolute favorite tea! Green tea is the most popular teas in all the land. Green tea has been shown, in a number of exciting studies, to have many health benefits:
The most important thing to note here is that green tea is an abundant source of EGCG (Epigallocatchin Gallate) ! EGCG what?
Simply put this compound is the most powerful antioxidant polyphenol. Green teas contain this incredible compound that has anti-cancer effects and MANY more benefits on human health. Drink up! It is recommended to consume 2-4 cups of green tea every day for maximum benefit... just source wisely!
Some of the most common types of green tea are:
Black tea is a perfect choice for all coffee lovers due to the fact that it has the highest levels of caffeine of all tea types.
When the tea leaf is harvested to make black tea, enzymes are activated, resulting in oxidation, that leads to the leaves withering. When this happens the catechins (a powerful antioxidant) originally present are converted to theaflavins, which are also powerful antioxidants! #boom
There are 3 main types of black tea:
Earl Grey - Black tea with bergamot oil (when sourcing make sure there is just bergamot oil and not "flavoring").
English Breakfast Tea - This is a blend of three other teas and is THE TEA in the UK.
Irish Breakfast - Another blend of a variety of black teas.
This is where tea meets weight management. Similar to green tea, studies have shown that drinking oolong tea regularly can help prevent obesity by reducing weight through boosting fat metabolism!
Oolong tea is fragrant with a pleasant aroma and fruity flavor.
Now we will explore just a few of the hundreds of herbal teas that are out there! I share my absolute favorite types and their benefits!
This is where the magic happens. Next we will explore herbal teas.
I am a huge fan of infusing my daily life with many different herbal teas. I even love to combine them with my 3 times a day green tea and love that you can enjoy so many flavors and benefits!
Let's dive into to some of the benefits these herbal teas grace us with!
Food... or teas in this matter, is truly medicine. I hope this section inspires you to make consuming a wide variety of tea in your life.
I drink 2-3 cups per day and one cup before bed.
Below I share with you my favorite brands and a simple ginger & turmeric tea recipe that you can make at home for an ultimate antioxidant and anti-inflammatory boost!
Just like sourcing food, we must be conscious about sourcing tea as tea is also a heavily sprayed with chemicals and many are offered in bleached tea bags or come with added "natural flavorings" and preservatives.
Just like reading labels be sure to read the labels on your tea! Many contain natural and artificial flavors, and other ingredients not meant for tea!
Here are a few of my favorite brands:
Tazo Tea - Source organic options
Traditional Medicinals - Source organic options
Yogi Tea - Source organic options
I'm an avid tea advocate and hope more people understand the incredible health benefits that herbal, spiced, and green teas have AND they are so simple to consume!
In the love of teas,
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