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Why Everyone Should Drink Herbal Tea

By Tom 1
06 May 2015

An important factor of everyones lifestyle is hydration. Hydration is important for daily function of every process that our body does from metabolism, digestion, controlling blood pressure to transporting nutrients around the body. So why am I opening with a fact about hydration when the subject is herbal teas?

Herbal teas are a great tool to have in our arsenal for a healthy lifestyle, general health and hydration levels. They possess many medicinal qualities ranging from flavour and taste to help us relax to being effective decongestants.

Here are a few facts about why everyone should drink herbal teas:

  1. They contain no caffeine. Due to this they count as our water intake and help us to hydrate. Caffeine is a stimulant, a drug and as such upsets our hormone balance. Read more on caffeine here.
  2. They have beneficial health properties. These health properties range from aiding digestion, increasing metabolism to helping to reduce nausea, vomiting or upset stomachs.
  3. They can taste great. Granted not all of them taste that good, depending on what flavours you prefer. I would advise staying away from certain ones that contain a lot of artificial flavours as the better quality teas tend to be organic and therefore purer.

So no doubt about it, we should be drinking herbal teas, but which ones? Below are examples of several common fruit and herbal teas along with some not so common including their beneficial properties.

Peppermint Tea

peppermintPeppermint is a fragrant herb and is very gentle and soothing. It has been shown to help aid digestion, reduce flatulence and aid digestive issues. It has also been shown to help ease nausea and vomiting particularly those who suffer from motion sickness. Other health benefits of this tea include control and/or reduction of muscle ache and chronic pains, mild asthma and reduction of stress. Also note that it is prescribed to people who are susceptible to IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome).

 

Ginger Tea

Ginger tea is a great tea to consume for any type of weight loss or maintenance program. It has been shown to be both an energiser and a stimulant in one. Ginger has been known to aid people experiencing nausea and be aware that it also contains anti-inflammatory properties too which is useful for people who suffer from arthritis.

 

 

Green Tea

Interestingly, Green Tea has been called the ‘wonder herb’ by medical practitioners due to its health benefits. Green Tea has shown to be beneficial in lowering risk of cancer due to its high antioxidant and polyphenol content, inhibiting carcinogenic material in cigarettes and lowering cholesterol triglyceride levels (which therefore promotes heart health). Finally, it has been shown to aid the reduction of blood pressure, prevent and fight tooth decay and also inhibits different viruses from causing illness.

 

Echinacea Tea

Echinacea has been shown to prevent or cure the common cold. It is a powerful herb that contains active substances that enhances the activity of the immune system, relieve pain, reduce inflammation and contains a high antioxidant profile.

 

 

Lemon Tea

lemonsThis tea can aid digestion and encourage the production of bile and it also contain various minerals such as Calcium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Magnesium all of which are beneficial due to the following reasons:

  1. Calcium can help promote a healthy heart, improve skin, contract muscle and also improves bone and teeth health.
  2. Phosphorus can help with building muscle tissue, helps to maintain the pH balance in the body and aids metabolism and energy production.
  3. Potassium enabled nutrients to move into and waste products to move out of cells, promotes healthy nerves and muscles, maintains fluid balance within the body and also helps the secretion of Insulin for blood sugar control.
  4. Magnesium is essential for energy production, helps to strengthen bones and teeth, promotes healthy muscles by helping them to relax and is important for the heart and nervous system function.

Elderflower Tea

elderflowerAgain, this tea has been shown to be a traditional cure for colds. It helps to clear the nasal passages of catarrh (thick phlegm in the nasal passages) due to being an effective decongestant. It is also a good diaphoretic (increases perspiration).

 

 

 

Chamomile Tea

chamomile-daisyChamomile tea has shown that it can help give mild relief to people who suffer from mild insomnia. Chamomile contains tryptophan which is an amino acid known for its tranquillizing effects which is why it is a common ingredient for many ‘sleep’ tea blends. Combined with a high potassium intake, this will help to promote sleep as potassium has shown to be beneficial for inducing sleep and relaxation too.

 

 

Fennel Tea

fennelThis Mediterranean herb has anti-spasmodic properties which help to relax the intestinal muscles which is good for constipation and flatulence. Fennel is also a mild diuretic. This helps to create the urge to urinate helping to clear the kidneys and reducing the amount of impurities in the body which also helps to promote clearer skin.

 

 

And there we have it. What do you think? Do you have any more health benefits to add to this list? If so, tweet us at @ActivityX_UK and use the hashtag #HerbalTeaBenefits. I hope you have found this article of use and will change your mind on fruit or herbal teas and include them in your daily fluid consumption.

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author: Tom

Tom has been in the fitness industry for over 8 years. He is qualified in functional movement, Kettlebells, Boxercise, Nutrition and many other qualifications. Tom is also the founder and director of ActivityX. For more information on Tom, see his trainer profile.

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