Tea has been a staple in people’s lives for thousands of years, discovery of this wonderful beverage dates back to China in the early 2nd century B.C., however some say it was discovered in India. While history goes back and forth and no one can truly agree on where it started, it is safe to say no matter who decided to experiment by drinking flowers and grasses we are glad they did! Early on most teas if not all tea was used for medicinal purposes and only later did it become a staple in the daily diet. However, since tea has become a staple; it has been fought over, taxed, chewed, used as a political statement and even used as a weight-loss supplement. There are so many different kinds of tea and each one can bring you different health benefits.
There are some teas that can be added to your health regimen that will help you slim down and give your metabolism a boost. Now remember in order to get these benefits, it is important to chose teas that are of high quality. Lower quality teas can contain things that we might not want to consume like pesticides, fluoride and other chemicals.
Always steep your tea for 3-5 minutes!
Green tea is one of the oldest known teas, that has been enjoyed by parts of Asia for thousands of years. Green tea holds powerful antioxidants and detoxifying qualities which are great at preventing cancer. It also contains caffeine and the amino acid L-theanine which can stimulate brain function but also block the feeling of anxiety or the “jitters”. So that is good news for you caffeine lovers, now you have a great substitute for coffee! Green tea has also been shown to boost your metabolism and increase fat burning by increasing your energy. Lastly, it contains catechins which kill certain harmful bacterias and viruses! So yay for green tea.
I always start my morning off with a cup of green tea before I eat breakfast. It wakes me up and gets my metabolism moving! It also keeps my skin looking great because of all those wonderful antioxidants!
Matcha tea is a close neighbor to the green tea, in fact it is green tea, but it has a kick to it. I think it deserves it’s own category because of how cool it is. Traditional green tea contains similar benefits but matcha has the upper hand when it comes to antioxidants and caffeine. It has almost 10 times the antioxidants of green tea. One of those antioxidants is EGCG, Epigallocatechin gallate, this antioxidant has been shown to boost your metabolism and prevent cancer cell formation. It’s also an anti-inflammatory which can lower cholesterol. As far as caffeine goes, matcha contains almost the same amount of caffeine as coffee so it’s important to keep that in mind if you are sensitive to caffeine. The one thing to keep in mind with matcha is that if you buy it in powdered form it may contain sweeteners so read your labels carefully!
Matcha comes in powdered form because it is stone ground to give you the most benefits from the leaves. So I usually make my matcha into a smoothie, latte or smoothie bowl.
I love mint tea, peppermint, spearmint, or moroccan mint, all delicious and super helpful! They all promote and help to ease digestive pain as well as soothe nausea and vomiting. They relieve bloating, cramping and pressure after eating. It can also help with cravings and reduce appetite when there are feelings of overeating to keep you on your weight-loss track. Finally you will find the benefit of better sleep at night and overall stress relief. Organic mint leaves or tea contains no caffeine so it is perfect for anytime of day!
I usually have peppermint tea after a meal to stop sugar cravings or before bedtime to help me sleep!
The fat burning tea as I like to call it. White tea has been shown to burn fat cells in the body and prevent the formation of new ones. Also can aid in digestion by relieving pain and discomfort that can occur after eating. Like green tea, white tea also contains antioxidants and catechins which as you recall can prevent diseases. It has also been shown to help support liver function, which is the organ the processes fat cells.
I use white tea after I exercise to help continue the elimination of fat cells! Give it a shot! It does contain a small amount of caffeine so be careful drinking it after a late night workout.
Drinking oolong tea helps you burn fat faster by blocking the enzymes that produce fat. Oolong tea contains polyphenol molecules that activate certain enzymes which break down existing fat. So basically you can banish fat all together with this tea…theoretically. It contains antioxidants that will help stabilize your blood sugar and it contains magnesium and calcium! It does contain caffeine so you have to be careful not to over consume it especially if you are sensitive or pregnant.
I drink oolong if I have treated myself to something sweet; it helps balance my body and combat the sugar.
Some of these teas can be hard to stomach if you’re not used to the taste. You have to be careful not to take away from their wonderful qualities by adding artificial ingredients or sweeteners. You can also boost them by mixing different teas together or adding fruit.
Add citrus: Lemons, Limes, or Oranges
Add Spices: Cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, cayenne powder, or nutmeg
Add a Sweeteners: Honey, maple syrup, brown rice syrup, splash of raw fruit juice, camu camu berries or goji berries