Friday, March 10, 2017

Food For Thought Friday ~ Tea Time! Top Healthiest Teas to Add to Your Health Plan

Since starting my overall 'get back to health' journey, I have done a lot of daily research to figure out different foods, meals and liquids to get my body back to, or close to, the state I was in before I got sick.

Aside from the food and meal changes, I've added one thing to my diet that I didn't really practice much: Tea.

When I was young, my grandmother and I would have our High Tea together all the time (she was Welsh). She liked hers a lot stronger than I did, and her favorite was Earl Grey. I mean, there was black residue on the bottom of the cups it was so strong (thank goodness for sugar and milk). Now I have the occasional cup of decaffeinated Earl Grey when I feel a little under the weather or just want to reminisce about my grandmother.

Now, I've done a lot research on various teas and the health benefits of them. We still get our cherry and our vanilla nut for the kids. No real health perks but they are fun and taste great.

Here are some of the top teas, in no particular order, to add to your tea cupboard:

Chamomile ~ This is one of the most popular teas. It is known for it's relaxing and sedative effects. I give this to my kids when they are under the weather with honey and milk. It has a nice, light sweet flavor to the leaves and, surprisingly, is a great source of Magnesium and good for pinkeye.

Milk Thistle ~ If you have any concerns about your liver function (which I do) or just want to give it a cleanse for good measure, this is a wonderful tea. It gives the liver a boost and also assists in making the digestive system run better. Another one that works along the same lines is Dandelion.

Ginger ~ Also great for the digestive system in curbing any sort of stomach upset or other similar ailments (many pregnant women swear by this stuff). It also contains wonderful germ-fighting agents. Find it in tea bag form or simply chop off and boil a piece of fresh ginger.

Echinacea ~ I used to take this in capsule form as it has fantastic agents to boost the immune system (eg: polysaccharides). Apparently, it can ease certain allergy symptoms too.

Rooibos ~ I'd never heard of this one before, nor have I tried it yet. It contains high levels of vitamin C and antioxidants. It also seems to be a good one to turn to if you have skin issues, such as dry skin or eczema.

Rosehip ~ This also contains vitamin C, is great for the immune system, the skin and boosts the adrenal system.

Peppermint ~  I used to drink this all the time because it got me going. However, I didn't realize that it has properties to help ease stomach issues.

Oolong ~ This tea is know for its benefits of helping to get rid of the bad fats in the blood (triglycerides). It is also a great detoxifier and contains wonderful antioxidants.

Black ~ Despite the fact that it contains the most amount of caffeine, it contains powerful antioxidants and can also reduce the risk of stroke.

Green ~ I have recently added this one to my daily routine. It also contains antioxidants and helps those suffering with cancer, heart and liver disease.

White ~ This one comes from the same plant as the green and has most of the same benefits. There seems to be more of a focus on its effect on helping to reduce the risk of recurrence of cancer.

These are only a few, but they are worth trying. Just be sure to do your own research into a tea before giving it a shot. Ensure that it won't interfere with any other health issues or medication. As you know, similarly with prescribed medication, just because something is 'natural' and 'herbal' doesn't mean it's right for you or that your body will accept what it's trying to do. Be safe and forge ahead carefully.

Have fun!

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