Tea 101

Updated: Dec 8, 2018



There are many types of tea and each have their own levels of caffeine and unique benefits. Herbal teas are not technically teas since they are combination of herbs and spices but they are still a great option.


So why tea? Well they have been known to be more hydrating than coffee, support cardiovascular, bone, and brain health as well as fight free radicals.


Remember - many do contain caffeine so limit consumption and don’t drink too close to your bedtime. Sleep is more important in the end!


Here is a list of different types of teas and some of their key benefits:


White tea - similar to black and green teas, white tea has many benefits and contains many useful nutrients. Some of its benefits include supporting reproductive health, brain health and cholesterol levels, may reduce cancer cells, and contains antioxidants. 


Green Tea and Matcha - Green teas have been known for their strong antioxidant powers. They have been linked to the reduction of cardiovascular disease, decreased inflammation in the body, cancer prevention as well as improved cognitive function and increased bone density. Green tea is a bit bitter on its own but it is a great option up to boost energy. Matha is a type of green tea that has gained a lot of popularity in recent years. People like to make matcha lattes and add their own powders, proteins and fats to make it a well rounded healthy drink!


Black Tea - contains flavonoids that may prevent cancer, support cardiovascular health, prevent diabetes, decreases stress hormones, and is antibacterial! Also contains beneficial vitamins! You can also ferment black tea to produce kombucha which may help with digestive issues and increase healthy bacteria in the gut!


Oolong Tea - Oolong falls between black tea which is completely fermented and green tea which is not fermented. It also contains flavonoids and has many of the same benefits of green and black teas!




Herbal Teas

Herbal teas are not technically teas but they are a great option for those looking for caffeine options and their unique medicinal properties. 


Rooibos Tea - This "tea" does contain a lot of vitamins and minerals, which support healthy bones, teeth, skin and hair. It has also been linked to aiding in digestion, heart health, allergies, weight loss, diabetes and may prevent cancer. Thats a lot of power in one plant!


Chamomile Tea - Chamomile has been known to help with a whole host of issues, particularly around sleep disorders, muscle relaxation, anxiety, easing stomach cramps, as well as providing calming effects to skin conditions, cuts and scrapes. 


​Peppermint Tea - peppermint tea is my favourite! It can help with digestive issues, nausea, promote relaxation, and it makes your breath smell fresh! 


Dandelion Tea - this tea is sometimes used as an alternative to coffee. Dandelion tea has been linked to helping with digestive issues, joint and muscle pain and skin issues. Its also high in vitamin A, fiber and antioxidants. 


There are numerous tea blends out there so do your research and find what herbs and spices you need to incorporate into your diet! 


If you would like to learn how to make your own tea and coffee drinks check out my Warm Remedies eBook!


In good health,

nic


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