Drinking tea has long been associated with positive health benefits. No matter your tea preference, the good news is that all types are good for you. Fun fact - did you know that many types of tea come from the same plant? The difference between black and green or white tea is actually the way that it’s processed! There are so many teas out there, and each one has different benefits for your health and well-being. Here are my favorite 5 teas and their benefits:
Black tea - Being the most highly caffeinated of all varieties, this is the tea I reach for when I need a quick pick-me-up. Sometimes drinking too much coffee gives me the jitters, and I know I’m not the only one this happens to (I hope!). When I notice my coffee addiction is getting out of control, I’ll switch it up with black tea - it gives me the same energy boost, but without the not-so-pleasant side effects. Black tea is still full of antioxidants, but because it’s processed more than any of the other teas, it just doesn’t have as many health benefits.
Green tea - The most commonly associated benefit of drinking green tea? You guessed it - weight loss. Green tea is famous for it’s ability to boost the metabolism, but it’s also super high in antioxidants. I personally love drinking a cup of matcha green tea in the afternoon - it boasts 10x the antioxidants as one cup of normal green tea! Matcha comes in powder form, and can easily be made into a latte by adding some steamed almond or soy milk.
White tea - This powerful tea can help with everything from preventing cancer and cardiovascular disorders to improving oral health. Since white tea is the least processed, it retains the most antioxidants compared to the other types. The high levels of antioxidants help with maintaining healthy skin and protecting your skin from the harmful effects of the sun.
Herbal tea - Caffeine-free herbal teas are perfect to drink any time of the day, especially right before bed. Depending on which herbal tea you drink, it can help with nausea, colds, indigestion, stress, sleep disorders and more. My favorites are ginger (great for tummy upsets), chamomile (helps with falling asleep), and lemon balm (sooo amazing for stress-relief).
Oolong tea - Oolong tea tastes amazing and has a pretty decent amount of caffeine, so it’s great for improving thinking skills and increasing mental alertness. Any other benefits? Prevention of cancer, tooth decay, osteoporosis, and heart disease are just some of the benefits associated with drinking oolong. All of these benefits can be attributed to.the high polyphenol (a type of antioxidant) content in oolong.
What is your favorite tea and what are some of the benefits you’ve seen from drinking it?