Weekend Wellness – Tea Favorites

Week-End Wellness
By Tammy Parkinson, CPT, ACSM, NASM, Nutritionist, Body Firm Personal Training & Nutrition

wellness teaLately I have fallen in love with herbal teas.  It wasn’t too terribly long ago that I thought my only options of tea were English Tea, Green Tea and good ol’ Lipton’s.  I now know that herbal teas are enriched with abundant nutrients.  Some have cleansing effects, some calming effects, some cancer fighting properties and some help to stimulate our energy.  Of course, with any herb, food, drink, or supplement, it’s wise to talk with your doctor if your health is compromised and/or you are on any medications as some teas don’t interact well with some medications or conditions.

I now drink tea daily…in fact several times throughout the day.

Some of my favorite teas are below and there is an outline as to what I have been taught to the benefits.  Teas have been around for centuries and honored as a great healer in the herbal kingdom.

Dandelion Root Tea

  • Improves digestion and aids weight loss
  • Eases congestion of the liver
  • Helps to purify the bladder and kidneys
  • Reduces the risk of urinary tract infections
  • Contains calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, potassium, vitamins B and C
  • Helps to purify the blood, regulate blood sugar and improves blood circulation
  • Helps to ease bloating and aching joints
  • Helps to cure skin conditions

Matcha Green Tea

  • It is detoxifying as it is rich in chlorophyll
  • Abundant in L-Theanine
  • Relaxing by calming the mind
  • Helps lower blood pressure

Tulsi Tea / Holy Basil Tea

  • It is known as an adaptogen, which helps regulate our stress levels
  • Anti-inflammatory agents due to Omega 3 properties
  • Used as a respiratory aid for colds and a fever
  • Has been used to aid in kidney stones (the leaves)
  • Rich in anti-oxidants

Ginger Tea

  • Aids in Stomach aches
  • Has anti-oxidants which have been known to relieve sore muscles
  • Helps with nausea and motion sickness
  • Helps with digestion

Rooibos Tea

  • Contains polyphenols which are linked to aid in cancer fighting
  • Studies show it will lower cholesterol (LDL)
  • Some studies have shown it’s linked to reducing the risk of Alzheimer disease
  • Soothes inflammation inside the body

Some other favorites to check into, are:
Lemon Tea
Kava Tea
Burdock Root Tea
Black Tea
White Tea
Green Tea
Chocolate Puh-reh Tea (love this one)

Don’t stop at my list…go explore, do your own research and discover the love and powers of herbal teas.  Drink responsibly 🙂


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