There’s nothing more relaxing to me than sipping on a cup of warm tea throughout the day especially during this frigid winter. Although I love to drink tea to relax, I drink tea primarily for regular digestion and weight control. Tea is my best kept secret to keep my weight under control especially if I’ve been having greasy fried foods. In addition to the varied health benefits, tea helps me curb my sweet tooth. Instead of reaching for a cake or candy, I reach for tea as a healthier alternative. Check out some of my favorite teas I’m enjoying this winter. What tea do you like and recommend?
Oolong Tea|Not many people are aware, but Oolong tea is the best tea for your diet and excellent for weight loss and weight control. I have to say its a well kept secret to most of us but well known throughout the Chinese health community for a variety of medicinal benefits. Oolong tea helps your body burn calories and burn fat by boosting your metabolism. It also helps suppress my appetite especially when I’m craving sweets. Oolong tea helps maintain healthy skin and hair, relieves bronchial tightness, lowers cholesterol and regulates sugar levels.
Why I love Oolong Tea. Oolong is my go to tea to start my day, it gives me the right amount of energy without the mid afternoon crash and jitters. It also helps keep belly fat and bloating under control by keeping me regular. I drink about 2 cups of Oolong tea daily, 1 cup after each meal. Due to its caffeine levels, I drink a cup in the morning and the other before 2pm.
White Tea| Also great for weight control, but I like it more to help boost my immune system and maintain clear skin. White tea contains antioxidant and anti-aging properties which helps damaged skin recover. Its antibacterial properties helps the immune system fight off diseases and great to drink when fighting off a cold and flu. Prevents the growth of cancer cells and calms the nervous system for those who deal with anxiety. Protects the heart by improving artery function and essential for healthy blood vessels.
Why I love White Tea. White tea is my go to when I want to relax especially after a long week or meetings at work due to its ultra silky feel. It is also great for those with bone issues such as arthritis and reduces tooth decay and bad breath. Since drinking this tea my skin is much clearer and less oily and I like how it satisfies my sweet cravings due to its slight sweet flavor.
Green Tea| I just recently ventured into green tea and love it. This Yogi Super antioxidant green tea has lemongrass which gives it a nice kick. Green Tea contains a moderate amount of caffeine (not as much as coffee) which is a known stimulant and perfect to get my day started. Green tea helps with brain function and like Oolong it helps burn fat. Green Tea’s antioxidant properties boost your general health, metabolism and immune system.
Why I’m starting love Green Tea. This tea in particular is very refreshing and helps keep me focused. It also helps prevent tooth decay, reduces cholesterol, it’s antiviral (perfect when fighting a cold or sore throat) anti- bacterial and anti-inflammatory (ideal for the acne).
Other teas I’d like to try:
Chamomile Tea (need to revisit)
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