Make the Switch to Herbal Tea in 2020

Make the Switch to Herbal Tea in 2020

Make the Switch to Herbal Tea in 2020 for your health’s sake. An increasing number of people want to diversify their coffee habit by introducing tea, or because of health problems, their doctor suggests making the switch. Why the latter? Examples could include lowering or eliminating the consumption of caffeine, lowering the acid content, sleep problems, or incorporating some of the tea’s unique health benefits.

But if you are used to coffee – and little else – in terms of morning beverages – or hot drinks in general, you might not be too enthusiastic. 

If you are used to a good cup of coffee being your morning beverage of choice, you may be wondering …

Tea tastes like water. Will I survive the switch from coffee to tea?

This, particularly for lifelong coffee drinkers, is a common reaction. You are used to a strong and bold taste if you have consumed nothing but coffee for years. And what often happens is that any time a coffee drinker tries tea, “supermarket tea” often lacks quality and strong flavors, making tea seem underwhelming compared to their favorite brew’s tried-and – true taste.

Worse still, many people are gravitating towards green tea directly because their doctor told them they need antioxidants while their taste buds are still biased towards dark and heavy coffee flavor, contributing to a struggle to find the right tea. This is also exacerbated by some cheaper green teas from the supermarket being extremely easy to over brew and turn bitter.

A lot has been written about the benefits of green tea and matcha for well-being. But herbal teas are also great for hydration and offer nutrients that are great for everyone. 

Technically, herbal tea is not tea, meaning it is not derived from the same green, white, black, and oolong varieties produced by the Camellia sinensis plant. Instead, herbal teas, which can contain flowers, herbs, spices, and other roots, are infusions of various non-tea plants. Herbal tea is a flavorful, nutritious choice that will not keep you up at night or elicit an unwelcome buzz, since most of these plants are caffeine-free.

And, as a bonus, herbal teas are becoming a more familiar sight on supermarket shelves and are very easily available online. Interested in the idea of switching from coffee to herbal teas but not sure where to start? Here are five of our favorites. 

Make the Switch to Herbal Tea in 2020

Chamomile 

Make the Switch to Herbal Tea in 2020

Chamomile tea has long been used as a soothing beverage or sleep aid in folk medicine. This tea is mostly made from dried chamomile flowers and has been shown to help people fall asleep more easily. 

And there’s more. Chamomile has anti-inflammatory properties as well, and it has been shown to help minimize the severity of menstrual cramps. The flower is also linked to the natural regulation of blood sugar and the preservation of bone density in women! 


Make the Switch to Herbal Tea in 2020

Make the Switch to Herbal Tea in 2020

Rooibos 

Rooibos is also known as red tea or red bush tea and is made from the leaves of a shrub native to South Africa, and while you will only find it grown right here, it is becoming a worldwide favorite.

And for very good reason. This tasty tea has been linked to bone health protection, enhanced digestive health, and obesity prevention, in addition to being loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. Small quantities of health essential minerals, including iron, calcium, potassium, copper, manganese, zinc, and magnesium are also a part of its makeup! 


Make the Switch to Herbal Tea in 2020

Peppermint Tea 

Make the Switch to Herbal Tea in 2020

While fresh peppermint is a fantastic addition to black tea, it can also be steeped to make “tea” in its own right. 

While much of the research has been done with the mint’s extracts, tea may offer similar benefits. These include improved power and time to exhaustion in athletes, as well as enhanced breathing function. 

Scientists believe these effects can be attributed to a relaxation of bronchial muscles, an increase in brain oxygen levels, and a decrease in blood compounds associated with fatigue. Those same muscle-relaxing effects allow peppermint to help soothe and ease indigestion. Bonus: Simply smelling peppermint has also been shown to reduce fatigue, curb anxiety, increase alertness, and enhance memory.


Make the Switch to Herbal Tea in 2020

Ginger Tea 

Make the Switch to Herbal Tea in 2020

As a cure for nausea, morning sickness, and motion sickness, ginger has long been touted. As well as other inherent benefits, sipping ginger tea can offer similar advantages: the root is a potent inflammation fighter, shown to help relieve muscle pain after vigorous exercise, and reduce pain in people with osteoarthritis. In addition to protecting against cancer, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes, Ginger also helps relieve period pain and support immunity.


Make the Switch to Herbal Tea in 2020

Hibiscus Tea

Make the Switch to Herbal Tea in 2020

This tea has a tart taste that is remarkably like cranberries and is made from parts of the hibiscus plant. 

Hibiscus, another antioxidant-rich plant, has been shown, in people with Type 2 diabetes, to raise “positive” HDL levels and lower “poor” LDl cholesterol and triglycerides. Hibiscus also helps to safeguard the liver and promote weight loss. In a recent study, compared to placebo, overweight adults given hibiscus extract experienced decreases in body weight, body fat, body mass index, and hip-to-waist ratio. Via its anti-bacterial efficacy, hibiscus also promotes immunity, another big bonus in these pandemic times. 

Research says it takes 66 days to form a new habit and change your life, start today and make your body stronger. The future is yours alone, enjoy.

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