Healthy Teas – Steeping Your Way To Good Health

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Tea is something many of us wish we drank more of. Herbal teas especially have garnered a lot of attention as a great caffeine-free drink that is pleasurable to our palate while actually being healthy for our organs as well. Below is a list of excellent teas that bring excellent benefits to the body, specified as proven by research.

5 Pu-erh Tea

Known for centuries as a ‘qi-enhancer,’ or life-force enhancer, pu-erh tea is known for its digestive health properties as well as well as its ability to enhance general health.You may find pu-erh raw, green, or fermented into a black-tea-like drink, and the older it is, the more prized it generally is, much like wine. Drink Pu-erh as you would a loose leaf tea, letting the leaves settle to the bottom before drinking it.It is generally higher in status than other teas, more ‘prized,’ therefore is not drunk absent-mindedly. Teas are an excellent addition to the diet, and often touted for their miraculous health properties.Try to remain balanced on the caffeinated teas however, so that you are not overloading unknowingly on caffeine which could cause issues of its own (insomnia, reliance on caffeine, jitteriness, anxiety).

4 Oolong Tea

Oolong tea is a semi-fermented black tea that has been shown to increase metabolism by 10%, while also decreasing the amount of fat in the cells.This is the reason it has been known as an excellent weight loss aid.Very high in antioxidants, it protects the body from free radicals, while its astringency has proven helpful for digestive disorders. Surprisingly, it actually strengthens bones while providing all of these benefits, a fairly unique quality to have. Oolong is often drunk after meals to aid in the break-down of fats, and drunk hot or warm. You may drink it on its own of course, and three times a day is a good amount for weight loss and cholesterol-lowering benefits.

3 Green Tea

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Green tea has a slew of amazing health benefits that have been touted for many years, those most common being helpful for weight loss, cholesterol lowering, diabetes preventing, cancer and heart disease preventing.Many of us didn’t know, however, that green tea can help to prevent dementia.High in catechins, antioxidants that scope out free radicals that would damage many parts of our body, the most harmful of which is our healthy DNA, green tea is generally enjoyed by most people, especially with some lemon and honey or stevia added for a little extra flavor. Green tea has become very popular in western nations and can be drunk hot, warm, iced, with or without flavor, loose leaf or in sachets, and organic or highly processed with tons of added sugar.Go for tea that is the least processed, homemade and organic being preferable.

2 Hibiscus

Hibiscus is a gentle herbal tea that is made from none other than the beautiful exotic-looking flower.Hibiscus is high in antioxidants, flavonols and minerals, and helps to lower cholesterol in a gentle, non-aggressive fashion. It also has proven to help decrease bloating, prevent aging, and assist with weight loss due to its ability to prevent the body from absorbing carbohydrates. Hibiscus tea has grown in popularity and can be found in most coffee and tea shops hot or iced.Try adding a little stevia or honey for a sweet tea drink that can easily top unhealthy sugar-laden fruit juices that many of us have become accustomed to.

1 Dandelion

Dandelion Root tea is an excellent aid to cleansing, specifically targeting the liver and forcing cancer cells to commit suicide. Dandelion tea helps the liver to break down waste products, while also helping the kidney to filter the blood of the waste products. It also stimulates the liver to create bile flow, aiding in digestion overall, while helping to stabilize blood sugar levels, proving effective as an inflammation reducer and providing antioxidant-rich, nutrient rich and slightly cholesterol-reducing. Dandelion tea is best drunk hot or warm throughout the day, and often during the spring time as a liver cleanse due to its prevalence during that time.Add a bit of honey or stevia to bring some sweetness to the very characteristic taste.

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