Tea Time: The Top 3 brews
I am a firm believer that a cup of tea could possibly be the key to world peace. Because really, is there anything more soothing than a cup of your favorite brew after a strenuous day or in the midst of a mini crisis? My own grandmother considers tea one of the most refreshing beverages and is equally comfortable having it first thing in the morning and at four in the afternoon. On a scorching hot day no less. But a cup a day does have the power to keep certain things away. Herbal teas have been credited with relieving indigestion, lowering cholesterol and facilitating weight loss. Keep these in mind on your next grocery shopping trip.
In fitness circles green tea is in and there is a good reason why. Studies have shown that green tea can be an effective fat burner and increase the metabolic rate. And those fighting the belly bulge will be happy to know that it can lead to a drop in body fat, particularly in the stubborn abdominal area. Besides that, it is filled with antioxidants and nutrients which help fight illness, most notably cancer. Here are a few stats from authoritynutrition.com:
Breast cancer: A meta-analysis of observational studies found that women who drank the most green tea had a 22% lower risk of developing breast cancer, the most common cancer in women.
Prostate cancer: One study found that men drinking green tea had a 48% lower risk of developing prostate cancer, which is the most common cancer in men.
Colorectal cancer: A study of 69,710 Chinese women found that green tea drinkers had a 57% lower risk of colorectal cancer.
Suffering from insomnia? Well this is the tea for you. A cup before bed calms the nervous system, clearing the way for a good night’s sleep. For those pesky stomach issues associated with irritable bowel syndrome or just bad digestion, chamomile tea helps to relax the intestinal lining and muscles. Its antibacterial properties can prevent colds and treat infections.
Since time memorial, ginger tea has been the go to for stomach ailments. It aids proper digestion and can reduce bloating after ingesting too much. It also acts as an anti-inflammatory for muscles and joints pains. And for long suffering ladies experiencing menstrual cramping, not only can you drink a cup of hot ginger tea with honey, additionally you can soak a towel in warm ginger tea and place it on your lower abdomen for relief.