Tea

The second most widely consumed beverage in the world (after water), tea originally comes from China.  More than just “hot leaf juice” (thanks Zuko from The Last Airbender), these beverages are extremely healthy.  With more than six different kinds of tea, there’s a wealth of drinks to choose from.

Black Tea: Helps with heart and oral health, high in antioxidants which strengthen the immune system, promotes healthy bones, lowers risk of cancer and diabetes, good for people with high cholesterol.  Includes: Earl Grey, English Breakfast, and Irish Breakfast

Herbal Tea: A mixed bag of flavors, herbals teas don’t actually have one set of health benefits.  Rather, they draw from the herbs that make them up.  A lot of herbal teas include not only what herbs are used in them, but what they’re good for, like stress relief.  Includes: Peppermint tea, Lavender tea, and Chamomile tea

Red Tea: Good for allergies, insomnia, headaches, hypertension, weak bones, asthma, premature ageing, and eczema.  These teas do not contain caffeine, so they’re the perfect late night drink.  Includes: Ginger, Chai, and Hibiscus

Green Tea: This tea helps people with managing diabetes, cholesterol, and heart disease.  It’s also a really good oral health tea as not only does it help dental hygiene, drinking it can actually whiten your teeth.  It’s also antibacterial. If it’s applied to the skin it can help reduce wrinkles.  Includes: Gunpowder tea, Hot green tea, Cold green tea

Oolong Tea: This tea is good for managing heart disease and diabetes, providing antioxidants, lowering cholesterol, and keeping skin and bones healthy. While it’s very helpful with weight management, it also has a high caffeine content, so be aware of this.  Includes: Yellow tea, White tea, Jasmine tea.

Chai Tea: Contains antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory agents in it.  It supports digestive health and is considered a healthy alternative to coffee.  It does have caffeine in it, so don’t drink this right before bed.  Includes: Chai tea latte, Bubble tea, Milk tea

~Elyce

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