One of my tips to losing weight over 50 is to NOT DRINK YOUR CALORIES. Herbal Tea is a perfect 0 calorie choice AND it can have some health benefits too.
Here are 7 Benefits of Herbal Tea and which teas to choose.
1. It Can Help You Relax
Something about having a cup of tea is so soothing to me, maybe it’s the warmth or may just that I am taking the time to STOP and relax while I’m drinking it. The relaxing properties of teas have been shown to help with stress, anxiety and also aid in sleep disorders such as insomnia or restless sleep. So many women over 50 have a hard time getting to sleep at night whether it’s hormonal, stress or they simply can’t wind down.
Peppermint tea contains menthol, which is a naturally occurring muscle relaxant. Mint tea can help encourage total body relaxation after a stressful day.
Chamomile tea is another favorite that helps soothe and calm. A study by research scientists at the University of Pennsylvania found it could help in treating generalized anxiety disorder (2). It’s also a popular sleep aid and is the perfect bedtime tea.
Lemon Balm Tea
Lemon balm tea works to reduce cortisol, a stress hormone, and doesn’t cause drowsiness, making it a great choice if you need to reset halfway through the day.
Passion Flower Tea
Passion flower tea contains chrysin which aids against anxiety and can help you sleep more peacefully.
2. It Can Boosts Your Immune System
I know I want a nice cup of tea when I’m feeling well but I also learned that by doing this I’m getting the positive effects tea offers when it comes to immunity.
Dandelion tea has a high concentration of antioxidants that help to eliminate toxins and aid the immune system against infections. Dandelion tea also has strong diuretic properties that can help flush your system and get you feeling healthy faster.
Ginseng tea has been used in Asia for centuries to increase overall health. This tea supports the reproduction of white blood cells and prevents virus replication to make the common cold or flu shorter.
Licorice tea has a unique taste blend of salty, sour, sweet and bitter that might not be for everybody. If you can stomach the taste, this herbal tea offers strong anti-inflammatory properties that can help with sore body aches that result from the flu.
Cayenne tea is a surprising choice for healing sore throats and getting rid of persistent coughs. It might seem counterintuitive to consume spicy teas when you already have a scratchy, sore throat, but cayenne pepper teas can stop a cold in its tracks. The active ingredient, capsaicin, helps to thin mucus that can irritate your throat lining and develop into a cough and sore throat. It also reduces inflammation and clears congestion, making it easier to breathe.
3. Tea Can Help Reduce Pain and Soreness
I try my best to take pain relievers so I love the fact that herbal teas have properties that can help to reduce pain without the negative side effects. Since herbal teas can have strong ingredients, it’s important to check with your physician if you are also taking any pain medications before consuming.
Turmeric tea has anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe aches and pains from disorders such as arthritis, fibromyalgia and migraines. It can also be used to help alleviate minor aches and pains from tough workouts at the gym or menstrual cramps. You can find turmeric tea at health food stores or make your own using turmeric root, ginger root, coconut oil, water and lemon.
4. It Can Help Prevent Chronic Diseases
Herbal teas are often high in antioxidants, which work to eliminate free radicals throughout the body and prevent oxidative stress. Tea also contains polyphenols, which studies have shown result in a lower likelihood of cancer. Teas are often used in Asia to combat or prevent chronic diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
Polyphenols come from fruits and vegetables so the more color your tea has, the more polyphenols there are. Teas that are unfermented also have higher levels of polyphenols, so opt for those as well. Hibiscus tea is a deep red tea that is high in minerals and vitamin C. Hibiscus tea has polyphenols that have been shown to help lower LDL cholesterol, prevent heart disease and cancer and fight bacteria such E. coli.
Rooibos tea is harvested exclusively in the Cederberg Mountains of South Africa. The tea is brewed by steeping tea leaves from the red bush plant in hot water. Rooibos tea contains 50 percent more antioxidants than green tea, which can prevent the harmful effects of free radicals. One of these antioxidants is aspalathin, which can prevent blood sugar spikes, making this tea a good choice for people with diabetes or heart disease.
5. Tea Can Improve Your Digestive System
Tea is beneficial for your digestive system because it can absorb gas, improve blood flow to the entire digestive tract and eliminate free radicals that can cause an upset stomach and indigestion.
Ginger tea is popularly used to treat nausea from motion sickness and morning sickness since it interferes with serotonin receptors, which send the message to the brain that makes you feel like vomiting. To aid in digestion, drink ginger tea before a meal or a small cup during your meal. For nausea, you can drink ginger tea beforehand to prevent symptoms or once you start feeling queasy.
This tea keeps reappearing because it’s calming effects have potential health benefits for a variety of ailments. For digestion, the calming effects of chamomile can soothe your stomach, relieve cramps and alleviate symptoms of heartburn.
Chai tea contains spices including cardamom, black pepper, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves that have been proven to help improve digestion.
6. It Stimulates Brain Function
The main way herbal teas improve brain function is by increasing blood flow to the brain, thus providing it with nutrients and essential oxygen for a healthy mind. You have to do this regularly to see the benefits.
Ginger Root Tea
The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger root tea means fewer headaches since it inhibit the chemical prostaglandin, which can cause headaches and migraines. Ginger root tea increases blood flow to the brain resulting in better focus and natural antioxidants protect brain health by reducing free radicals.
Lemon Balm Tea
A study at the University of Newcastle showed that lemon balm could be used to stimulate enzymes and receptors that control and emit nerve signals.
Ginkgo Biloba Tea
This tea improves blood flow to your brain and improves nerve cell functions due to its high concentration of antioxidants. This tea has also been shown to improve memory for people who are healthy and young to middle-aged.
Tea is a better-tasting alternative to water that is still calorie-free. While studies on the direct effects of tea on weight loss are ongoing, tea can be a tasty replacement for plain old water throughout the day. Keep in mind that while tea itself is calorie-free, adding extras such as sugar or honey can up the calories.