Anyone trying to stick to healthy eating habits knows how tempting treats and snacks can be. While there are many purported methods for keeping these cravings at bay, one in particular has garnered a lot of attention lately: appetite suppressant teas.
But what exactly are these teas? What’s in them? And how do they work?
Why We Have Food Cravings
Before getting into the ins and outs of tea, it’s important to understand where the urge to snack comes from. “Cravings can come from many different places. It all depends on what we’ve conditioned ourselves for and what our environments looks like,” says Emily Pierce, a registered dietitian at OnPoint Nutrition, a Philadelphia-based company that offers weight loss and nutrition counseling.
Factors that could entice someone to grab a treat could be anything from genuine hunger to a dip in blood sugar to boredom, Pierce explains. “In the case of boredom, that’s a learned habit that needs to be broken,” she says.
That’s where tea comes in. If an urge to snack isn’t related to hunger, replacing the snacking ritual with tea—namely, a tea that has no sugar or calories—can help a person stick to their healthy food goals. “The act of consuming something can be very satisfying to a person,” Pierce says. “So even if it’s not a sweet or salty treat, tea can certainly help curb that craving.”
Theresa Shank, a registered dietitian and owner of Philly Dietitian in Philadelphia, adds that drinking tea in lieu of giving into a food craving is a step in the right direction, but it might not be enough to squash a craving entirely. “Depending on the strength of the craving, tea may not be the sole solution,” she says. “But it can act as a ‘Plan B,’ or at least a helpful step toward deconditioning a craving.”
6 Best Natural Appetite Suppressant Teas
Before going any further, let’s clarify one thing—the teas discussed below are regular, natural teas without any additives, not the “weight loss” teas often advertised on Instagram. Each type has inherent qualities that are good for curbing the urge to snack and suppressing hunger.
Most people are at least vaguely aware that green tea is “good” for you, but many don’t realize that there is also a lot of science behind this common knowledge. Green tea has been recognized for helping reduce the risk of diseases such as arthritis and diabetes, as well as having some attributes that could reduce a person’s risk of cancer (1). It’s also an ideal choice for people looking to curb their appetite and replace snacks with a healthy beverage.
“Green tea has tons of antioxidants that help fight hunger hormones, which can lead to appetite suppression and weight loss,” notes Georgia Grey, a holistic health coach at Whole Body Healing, based in Denver, Colorado.
Pierce adds that green tea is also rich in phytonutrients.
Mint tea doesn’t necessarily pack in the same health benefits as green tea, but it does help curb your appetite. Studies have shown that mint flavors and aromas suppress hunger (2), sometimes for hours at a time. According to Grey, mint also has the ability to settle your stomach after eating. “It really helps you feel satisfied after a meal,” she says, “which can help prevent you from reaching for a sweet dessert or extra helpings.”
Hibiscus tea is a flavorful, tart brew that is very satisfying to some tea drinkers. Thanks in large part to polyphenols, hibiscus consumption may help promote weight loss and reduce abdominal fat, one study revealed (3). In addition, hibiscus tea can help quench thirst, making it particularly beneficial when consumed in place of sugary drinks!
For people with a sweet tooth, Pierce suggests unsweetened chocolate tea. “If you crave sweets, I recommend drinking a cup of chocolate tea because you get that chocolatey flavor without the sugar and calories,” she says.
Dandelion tea may not necessarily curb hunger, but it is a diuretic (4), which can help ease bloating. It’s also high in potassium, making it ideal for replenishing lost electrolytes.
Pierce says that ginger tea—so long as it’s made with real ginger and not ginger flavoring—may soothe the GI tract and help with digestive issues like mild stomach aches and nausea. “The nice thing about trying teas for stomach issues is that there aren’t any side effects, so if you find that your stomach bothers you from time to time, there’s no reason not to try a stomach-calming tea.”
Pierce adds that fennel tea can have a similar effect as ginger tea.
Appetite Suppressant Tea Recipe
People looking to start a tea habit can certainly find great brews in grocery stores or online, but there’s a certain sense of accomplishment that comes with curating your own special “anti-snacking” brew. Here’s a simple recipe you can try at home. Play around with the ratios to find your tea sweet spot!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- Whole-leaf green tea
- Dried mint leaves
- Dried orange peels
- Tea infuser
- Boiling water
- Start with a whole-leaf green tea base, due to its many potential health benefits.
- Mix in some dried mint leaves for their appetite-suppressing qualities and some dried orange peels for brightness. Orange peels also have anti-inflammatory properties and are just plain tasty!
- Combine your ingredients in a tea-infuser and steep in boiling water to desired strength.
- Drink hot or iced. Enjoy!
Herbal Tea Precautions
Generally speaking, tea is pretty good for you, but there are some health issues you should keep in mind, especially if you’re drinking several cups per day. Pierce cautions that drinking too much tea can interfere with a person’s ability to absorb nutrients. “If you’re drinking a lot of tea, you might want to keep it separate from meals so that it doesn’t affect iron and other nutrient absorption,” she says.
Pierce also says that anyone taking medications should check with their doctor about possible interactions before starting to drink any sort of herbal tea. “Sometimes, those nice, friendly-seeming herbs can cause major issues interacting with medications, especially if you’re drinking them on a regular basis.”
Beyond interactions and side effects, Shank adds that if you are really, physically hungry (not bored, or snacking out of habit), don’t try to overcome those feelings with a cup of tea. “If you are actually hungry, tea can definitely be used as a supplement, especially given that many teas are rich in antioxidants, polyphenols and flavonoids—but not as a replacement.”
Filed Under: Teas
at 1:15 pm | By: Guest Blogger
Staying active nowadays can take a lot out of you. Whether you are rushing off to work, hanging out with friends, or running to one obligation or another, you can bet there is always something out there trying to eat away at your time. To maintain your responsibilities, you need to have a boundless supply of energy. Since producing endless energy is impossible for human beings, most turn to caffeinated beverages like coffee for a bit of a boost.
While coffee might be a popular option when it comes to keeping people awake and alert, it also has a number of drawbacks. Those who drink too much coffee might find that they are dealing with health issues like persistent anxiety, nausea, and frustrating headaches. Instead of brewing a pot of this dark elixir each morning, you might want to take a look at alternative options. Matcha tea is fast becoming a popular replacement for coffee. Explore these benefits to see if making the switch is a good move for you.
1.) Lasting Energy
Tea has long been a popular alternative to coffee. Matcha has gained attention in recent years due to how much caffeine can be found within the brew. On average, a teaspoon of matcha tends to contain roughly 70 mg of caffeine. By comparison, a similarly sized spoonful of espresso contains only 60 mg of caffeine. Unlike coffee, which can make a person feel jittery from all the caffeine, matcha tea has other active ingredients that help to prevent one from becoming too wired.
One of the main components of matcha is l-theanine. This amino acid aids the body in producing a state of rest and relaxation. Several studies on matcha tea point to this chemical compound being responsible for keeping a person calm when drinking the tea. This acid also helps an individual to feel the energy increase caused by the caffeine without feeling jittery.
2.) Boost the Metabolism
Matcha is different than other teas in a number of ways. For one, green tea is often steeped in hot water by placing tea leaves into a bag or similar device and removing the leaves before drinking. Matcha is brewed in a slightly different manner. The tea leaves are ground to a fine powder, which is then mixed into the hot water during preparation. The powdery state of the tea allows all of the nutrients found in the tea to dissolve into the water for ingestion.
Matcha leaves are said to contain high levels of polyphenols. These compounds have been known to assist the body with its metabolic activities. A cup of this tea each morning might provide you with the thermogenic boost you need to feel more active and healthy. A faster metabolism aids in keeping your fat levels low, which can do wonders for those looking to trim down.
3.) Blood Pressure
As you get older, it is important to focus a lot of your attention on your heart. Cardiovascular disease is a cause for worry, as studies show heart-related illness to be the leading reason for death around the world. One way to keep your heart happy is by looking at your blood pressure. Ingesting too much caffeine can cause your blood pressure to spike, even if you are a person who does not normally have higher levels of blood pressure. This is especially true of the caffeine found in drinks like coffee and espresso.
Though there is caffeine found in matcha tea, there are other active ingredients that work in your favor and keep your pressure from going up. Matcha is said to contain several different catechins, which aid the body in blood flow. The catechins keep the blood moving safely through your veins and vessels and prevents your blood pressure from getting too high.
4.) Slow Aging Process
There have been a ton of conflicting studies released over the years in regards to coffee and the aging process. For many decades, people claimed that coffee increased the aging process of the skin. Recently, the opposite has been stated to be true, with experts claiming that coffee keeps you young. In truth, the impact of caffeine on the aging process is still something of a mystery. Matcha, on the other hand, might be able to help you in this regard.
Matcha tea is shown to contain several different antioxidants. While these compounds are amazing for boosting your immune system and overall sense of wellness, antioxidants have also been shown to have a positive impact on the aging process. The antioxidants found in this tea promote healthier skin and hair, creating a look that masks the ravages of time on your face.
5.) Fresh and Clean
Finally, those who drink coffee probably know all about how bad the drink can make their breaths. Even vigorously brushing your teeth after each cup is not always enough to hide the acrid scent on your tongue. Though some teas can make a person’s breath worse, matcha is not one of them. The elixir contains many sterilizing agents that are responsible for eliminating germs and bacteria. After drinking some of this tea, your mouth will be cleansed of any foul-smelling gunk lingering about.
Though coffee might be the more popular choice for consumers looking to stay active, it is good to think about the alternatives. Explore the other benefits of matcha tea and find the right drink for your lifestyle.
Article written by Joe Palinsky
Joe Palinsky is a full-time writer and theater professional in Philadelphia. He predominantly works with ensemble-based Found Theater Company, where his writing has been featured in numerous productions. Though primarily a ghostwriter, his work has been published in the now-defunct Spirit News and as a guest on Found Theater’s blog.
Filed Under: Herbs
at 11:16 am | By: Guest Blogger
After a long and draining day, many people find comfort in relaxing with a cup of herbal tea. Though great during any season, herbal teas have a way of making one feel even cozier when the chilling grip of winter tightens. If you enjoy a hot elixir to unwind each night, you might be getting sick and tired of the same blends of chamomile that you sip on the regular. To try something new, see what tulsi tea has to offer.
Made from the tulsi plant, this adaptogenic tea boasts a handful of relaxing benefits that might be appealing to your sensibilities. Explore a new way of kicking back this season with some of these healthy perks.
1.) Get Rest
To perform as a functional human being during the daytime, a good night’s sleep is essential. Most people struggle with this, tossing and turning in bed and feeling sluggish the next day. Often, high levels of stress are to blame for interrupting your rest. A cup of tulsi tea before bed might provide you with the herbal mixture you need to relax and fall asleep.
According to a 2014 research paper on tulsi, there is enough evidence to suggest that the tulsi plant is responsible for lowering psychological stress levels in several animal species, including humans. The studies conducted with humans pointed out that the presence of tulsi in a person’s system aided in dealing with several psychological pressures including stress, anxiety, and depression. If you have trouble feeling calm before you go to bed, a cup of this tea could help to get you into the right mindset.
2.) Diabetes Treatment
The adaptogenic effects of tulsi tea are only some of the benefits this herb is said to bring. During a 1996 study on the impact of tulsi in laboratory rats, researchers discovered the plant had an impact on glucose levels in the blood. When the tests were repeated with human participants, the studies yielded similar results. The research here has led to tulsi being used as a way of preventing, and even treating, various diabetic conditions. Though the results are impressive, it is best to speak with your doctor before altering your levels of prescribed insulin.
3.) Coughing and Sneezing
Most people tend to get sick during the winter. Fluctuating temperatures lead people to hide away indoors, allowing bacteria and viruses to be easily spread between hosts. When you come down with a cold, common symptoms include coughing, sneezing, and other respiratory problems. Treating a cold can be tough, and professionals at the Mayo Clinic suggest attacking the symptoms themselves.
If you’re looking to fight against the irritation of a scratchy throat or constant cough, a warm mug of tulsi tea should be considered. Active ingredients in tulsi leaves, like eugenol, contain anti-asthmatic properties that make it easier for the lungs to take in oxygen while fighting an infection. Since the common cold cannot be cured the way other diseases can, a bit of tea might help to get you back on your feet after some rest.
4.) Rich in Antioxidants
In recent years, there has been a lot of talk in the media about the importance of antioxidants. Though dietary crazes come and go, keeping foods rich in antioxidants in your daily rotation can produce several key benefits. For one, antioxidants are shown to have a positive effect on the cardiovascular system. According to recent CDC statistics, over 610,000 people die in America each year from heart disease. With numbers that high, taking precautionary measures with your heart is a must.
Tulsi leaves contain many antioxidants and several studies have pointed out that this can be useful when it comes to improving the health of your heart. In addition to helping your cardiovascular system, the antioxidant levels in tulsi tea have been shown to improve several skin conditions. Those suffering from varying levels of acne have noticed a change in their complexions after using tulsi tea for a short time.
5.) Complete Your Resolutions
With the end of the year right around the corner, many people are thinking about their resolutions. Sticking with your goals for the new year can be tough, especially if you are attempting to take on a challenge like quitting smoking. The highly-addictive nature of nicotine can make cutting cigarettes out of your routine a painful experience. To make life easier, some people suggest drinking tulsi tea. Replacing the act of smoking with a cup of relaxing herbal tea can help to calm your mind and decrease your urges.
Sitting down with a nice mug of your favorite herbal tea is a lovely way to unwind after a stressful day. To get a bit more from your time, try out some tulsi tea and see what calming benefits you experience.
Article written by Joe Palinsky.
Joe Palinsky is a full-time writer and theater professional in Philadelphia. He predominantly works with ensemble-based Found Theater Company, where his writing has been featured in numerous productions. Though primarily a ghostwriter, his work has been published in the now-defunct Spirit News and as a guest on Found Theater’s blog.
You certainly have heard of people cooking with wine and beer but how about cooking with tea? A very interesting cooking ingredient, tea contains distinctive flavors which can add herbal, sweet, and even smoky touches to your cooking repertoire. Let’s check out 5 ways to use tea when cooking.
Use tea as an herb. Tea leaves are essentially herbs and can be added directly to dishes while cooking. A mixture of green teas used as a seasoning works perfectly for stir-fries, particularly when added to vegetable dishes since it tastes similar to dark, leafy greens. Plus, you can use tea leaves like dried herbs such as oregano or thyme as well as add them to sauces and glazes.
How about cooking with tea instead of water? An easy way to add a little more flavor to your meals, just brew the tea and let it cool to room temperature. Then, use it in any recipe that calls for water. It works great to cook whole grains such as rice and quinoa and it can also be used for soups.
If you make your own pasta, here’s a great idea. Mix green tea powder to pasta dough, adding color and a delicious herbaceous flavor to your homemade pasta. Plus, rather than buying specialty noodles, just cook pasta in green tea to make a homemade green tea noodles.
4. Spice Rub
Tea leaves can also create a great spice rub. Grind tea leaves and add them to your favorite herbs and spices to use in a rub for tofu, tempeh or seitan. Choose teas such as earl gray and Darjeeling which go well with savory foods. A tea spice rub can be as simple as mixing ½ tsp. salt and ¼ tsp. black pepper with 2 Tbs. of ground tea
Tea leaves make a great herb butter and it’s pretty easy to make. Just let unsalted butter sit at room temperature until very soft and then mix it with tea leaves, either whole or ground. Store in the refrigerator and use it for cooking or on freshly baked bread and biscuits.
Unfortunately, many people have a difficult time sleeping well these days. Stress, busy schedules, and hectic lifestyles often lead to difficulties falling asleep and sleeping throughout the night. Evening rituals or bedtime routines can be an excellent way to improve your overall sleep. The purpose of these activities is to relax and de-stress your mind and body, helping you calm down, sleep longer and better. Let’s look at 6 things you can add to your evening ritual for better sleep.
1. Magnesium Supplement
Magnesium is well known for its ability to improve sleep and reduce insomnia. Studies have suggested that this mineral helps decrease cortisol, also known as the stress hormone, which keeps you up at night. Magnesium also promotes muscle relaxation and can help mood disorders.
2. Herbal Teas
Some herbal teas contain relaxing agents that can help sooth your nerves, improve blood flow, and make you feel more relaxed. The best herbal teas for sleep include chamomile, valerian, lavender, peppermint, and passion flower.
3. Taking a Bath
A hot bath is one of the best ways to promote relaxation. Immersion in warm/hot water is known to be extremely therapeutic and can significantly help relax your mind and soul after a stressful day.
4. Cooler Bedroom
Turn down the thermostat in your bedroom to improve the quality of your sleep. The National Sleep foundation recommends that the room temperature should be kept around 65 degrees in order to keep you cooler and prevent restless nights from feeling too hot.
5. Use an EO Diffuser
An essential oil diffuser can help improve your sleep as these essential oils have soothing and relaxing aroma therapeutic properties. Look for valerian, lavender, chamomile, cedarwood, vetiver, frankincense, geranium, patchouli, ylang, and bergamot.
Stretching is another great way to promote relaxation and improve overall sleep. Stretch for a few minutes to reduce stiff joints and cramping muscles as well as to prevent injuries and reduce built-up tension and stress.
This recipe is one of my all time favorites. Growing up I was a candy fiend and could never get enough of the gummy, chewy sweets. When I finally decided to cut out sweets and focus on healthier foods, I scoured the Internet in search of healthy ways to get a candy fix and keep my diet on track. Although the conventional, Fruit Roll-Up branded snacks invoke nostalgic memories of grade school cafeteria lunches, I knew the excess sugar and artificial flavors would only worsen my candy cravings!
Luckily, Alvita has provided an easy-to-make, healthy fruit roll-up recipe using their hibiscus tea! These roll-ups are fun to make and customizable depending on your fruit flavor preference. Bake up a batch on Sunday to keep the kid’s (or your own) lunches stocked for the whole week!
1 cup boiling water
2 teabags Alvita Hibiscus Tea
1 cup sliced peaches (frozen is fine)
1 cup strawberries
¼ cup sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
- Pour the boiling water over the Alvita Hibiscus Tea Bags and let steep for 5 minutes.
- In a blender, puree peaches and strawberries.
- Pour tea into a saucepan. Add sugar and heat to medium heat until liquid has evaporated by 50%.
- Add pureed fruit and lemon juice into tea mixture and continue to cook until the mixture thickens, around 20-30 minutes.
- Spread mixture onto a baking sheet lined with either a splat mat or wax paper in a very thin layer.
- Bake for 3 to 4 hours until the mixture is barely sticky anymore.
- Let cool for 20 minutes.
- Peel off of used wax paper and place on fresh wax paper. Cut into long strips. Roll up for storage or eat immediately.
Looking for a low-sugar option? Substitute sugar for your favorite natural sweetener. Let us know how your fruit roll-ups turn out in the comments!
Looking for a delicious way to get your daily dose of turmeric? Golden milk has taken over the wellness world for it’s creamy, spicy flavor and health benefits, and its calming effect has made it a nighttime beverage of choice.
Did you know you can make golden milk with tea? So convenient! This amazing recipe from Alvita is super anti-inflammatory and makes for a wonderful, healthy nightcap.
2 cups unsweetened almond milk
2 teabags Alvita Turmeric Root Tea
¼ tsp ginger powder
¼ tsp black pepper
1scoop Reserveage Collagen Replenish Powder
2 tsp honey (optional)
In a small saucepan, heat almond milk until hot, but not boiling, about 3-5 minutes. Add tea bags and let steep for 5-8 minutes. Remove tea bags and add in ginger powder, black pepper and collagen powder, stir until combined. Pour into mugs, add honey if wanted and drink immediately.
Have you ever tried golden milk? What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments!
Sometimes we find out that some foods offer benefits when you had not idea they were even considered healthy. It seems to be the case for licorice
. Native to the Mediterranean but now grown throughout Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, this herb is commonly used to flavor foods and beverages but what some people may not know is that it can provide a variety of health benefits.
Licorice is known to support various issues in the digestive system including stomach ulcers, heartburn, colic, and chronic gastritis. A formulation containing licorice root along with slippery elm bark, lactulose, and oat bran has been used for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Licorice contains chemicals that are thought to decrease swelling, thin mucus secretions, decrease cough, and increase the chemicals in our body that heal ulcers.
Additionally, licorice can also be taken to help sore throat, bronchitis, cough, and infections caused by bacteria or viruses. Along with the herbs Panax ginseng and Bupleurum falcatum, licorice can help improve the function of the adrenal glands, especially in people who have taken steroid drugs long-term. Steroids tend to suppress the activity of the adrenal glands, which produce important hormones that regulate the body’s response to stress. Licorice is used intravenously to treat hepatitis B and C, as well as mouth sores (lichen planus) in people with hepatitis C.
A good number of licorice products manufactured in the U.S. actually don’t contain any licorice. Instead, they contain anise oil, which has the characteristic smell and taste of “black licorice” and is often used as a substitute. Licorice tea is another popular product that can provide the health benefits mentioned above.
Many people are continuing to look to alternative medicine when it comes to improving our health and curing various ailments.
Kombucha is a health drink that is being increasingly consumed by people all over the world, after health experts have spread the word that those from the Far East have known for thousands of years – that it has many health benefits.
Similar to probiotic drinks, kombucha is an easy way to consume some of the essential acids and vitamins that help our body to perform to the best of its ability.
What is Kombucha?
Kombucha is a sweet fermented drink made from combining black tea with sugar and a kombucha culture, also known as a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast).
The sound of fermented tea may make you scrunch up your nose, but the taste is actually quite pleasant and can be similar to sparkling apple juice.
At only 30 calories per cup (where no other ingredients are added), kombucha is a low-calorie way to boost your health by providing your body with essential nutrients.
Due to the popularity of kombucha, you can now buy ready made drinks that have interesting flavors, such as pear and peach added. Capsules are also available if you are looking for a more convenient way to consume kombucha.
If you are concerned about the amount of caffeine in black tea, there are low caffeine options too, such as green tea and lemon tea.
The brewing process for kombucha is simple, but once it begins, it produces a range of vitamins, minerals, acids, and enzymes that have amazing health benefits.
The Benefits of Kombucha
This nutrient rich drink improves a person’s health in many ways due to its antiviral, antifungal, and antibiotic properties. The fermenting process of kombucha produces the below acids:
- Lactic Acid—Assists blood circulation and can help with constipation and stomach complaints
- Acetic Acid—Can inhibit bacteria that is harmful to the body
- Usnic Acid—A natural antibiotic
- Oxalic Acid —Encourages cells to produce energy
- Malic acid—Aids the detoxification of the liver
- Gluconic Acid—Reduces instances of thrush and other candidiasis
- Butyric acid—Strengthens the wall of the gut
Because of the presence of the above acids and vitamins in Kombucha, the following health benefits can be seen, although it is important to point out that none have been scientifically proven.
- Reduced stress
- Improved immune system
- Fewer coughs and seasonal colds
- Reduction in allergies
- Increased energy
- Reduces symptoms of arthritis
- Improved skin/reduction of skin complaints
- Alleviation of digestive issues
- Improved concentration
- Liver detox
- Improves joint flexibility
- Weight loss
The list above is not extensive, as kombucha will have different effects, depending on the person’s current health. You will also be pleased to know that there are many health benefits of this tasty drink emerging all of the time.
How Often to Consume Kombucha
When taking kombucha capsules, adults should consume 2 capsules, 2-3 times a day. If you decide to drink kombucha in its many forms, you can do so every day.
Aside from the health benefits listed above, it is refreshing to know that there is a fizzy drink on the market that is not laden with calories and chemicals. You can even enjoy drinking it on the go, knowing that you are boosting your health.
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Research has shown that omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil can lower blood triglyceride levels. Since our bodies cannot make omega-3 fatty acids, we have to get them from our diet so it’s no wonder that fish oil is one of the most popular supplements in the United States. The most beneficial omega-3s that most of us are missing out on are EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and the richest source to find them is – you guessed it — fish oil. So reduce your risk of coronary disease with this fish oil that’s purified and free of detectable levels of mercury, cadmium, lead, and PCBs.
Centuries ago, Greek herbalist Diosocrides discovered the heart-healthy benefits of hawthorn, and it’s been a staple for health enthusiasts ever since. Using the entire plant, including the leaf, flower and berry will assists in extracting all of its benefits. This tea combines hawthorn with the tart flavor profile of hibiscus to create this deeply red heart tonic.
Flaxseeds contain heart-friendly properties that have been shown to do wonders for your heart. Studies show flaxseeds affect low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and lipoprotein, both of which increase the risk for atherosclerotic diseases (i.e. coronary heart disease). Plus, they are a rich plant-based source of omega-3 fats and fiber that’s also good for the ticker. Add a sprinkle to your smoothie or baked goods to add a subtle nutty flavor and powerful nutritional punch to your diet.
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If you’re feeling restless and wound up after another hectic day of juggling your daily stresses, think about steeping back and relaxing with a warm cup of tea! Feel your stress and anxiety melt away with every sip of one of our favorite types of tea listed below.
Chamomile has been shown in multiple studies to reduce stress and anxiety in patients. How does it do it? One of its potent flavonoids, chrysin, gives it it’s sleep-inducing properties. While another compound, apigenin, helps induce a feeling of gentle, pleasant sedation. Bonus — chamomile is safe for kids too, and could help calm an anxious or overactive child. It has also been shown to help with other ailments such as colds and stomach aches. This tea combines chamomile with lavender for an extra dose of chill.
Valerian’s relaxing nature is why it has enjoyed a long history as a mild sedative. Known as “nature’s valium”, valerian has been shown to really take the edge off. A 2005 study reported in the journal Sleep, showed clinically proven results for sleeplessness. We suggest a trifecta of relaxation with this tea that blends valerian with passion flower and lemon balm. Speaking of…
Lemon Balm has been used medicinally going way back to when the ancient Greeks prescribed it for those suffering from insomnia and anxiety. This culinary herb appears to reduce cortisol – also known as the “stress hormone” — concentrations and helps blunt the effect of enzymes that inhibit GABA (gamma-amino butyric acid) production, a neurotransmitter that helps the brain to self-soothe.
Tulsi (Holy Basil)
Holy Basil, also known as tulsi, is a well-known Ayurvedic herb that grows all over the eastern tropics. Ayerveda medicine says that tulsi can promote overall general health and well-being due to its adaptogenic effects, and a recent study showed extracts of this herb reduced general anxiety disorder along with stress and depression. We really love this brand that uses completely recycled packaging and bleaches their tea bags with oxygen rather than chlorine, which causes less damage to the environment. That’s something you can relax about.
Do you have a favorite tea you use to relax at night? Let us know in the comments!
Coffee is a wonderful beverage. Many people cannot start their day without a cup of coffee but some people may not know that their must-have morning beverage is actually loaded with beneficial nutrients
that can improve overall health.
Coffee contains lots of vitamins including riboflavin (B2) pantothenic acid (B5), and niacin (B3) as well as good amounts of minerals such as magnesium, potassium, and manganese. On top of that, coffee is a great source of antioxidants.
It’s well known coffee can provide benefits particularly as an energy booster and as a fat burner. Caffeine is known to block an inhibitory neurotransmitter called adenosine, which lead to an increase of other neurotransmitters like norepinephrine and dopamine, improving brain function, including memory, energy levels, and reaction times. It’s also known that caffeine is a natural substance proven to aid fat burning and boost the metabolic rate.
While these health benefits are well known, recent research is linking coffee to newer potential benefits. For example, new studies have found that coffee may help lower risk of type 2 diabetes. A few different studies have concluded that people who drink coffee regularly have up to 50% lower risk of getting the disease. Additionally, coffee can be helpful to treat another common health issue: liver diseases such as hepatitis and fatty liver disease that can lead to cirrhosis.
It’s important to remember that most research is done with drinking pure coffee, without the addition of milk, and specially sugar, which can significantly alter the results of studies.
Sometimes our usual diets give way to more indulgences. Large, plentiful meals are a common part of celebrations and special occasions, but if we’re not careful, we may overeat to the point of indigestion. Luckily there are many natural foods that can help minimize indigestion, bloating and gas, making you feel better and reducing a growling stomach, abdominal pain, and burning sensation in the upper abdomen, as well as preventing vomiting. Here’s a quick list of five natural products to relieve indigestion.
Chamomile is effective for relieving many gastrointestinal complaints, including indigestion. Drinking herbal chamomile tea after eating a heavy meal can help calm your stomach and relieve digestive problems. It’s also a great way to give yourself time to digest in between dinner and dessert!
Ginger offers a variety of health benefits including digestive support. Ginger has the ability to not only soothe the gut but also aid digestion by increasing the wave-like muscle contractions (peristalsis) that move food through the intestine. Plus, ginger stimulates digestive juices and the flow of enzymes that help you digest your food, especially when it is caused by overeating.
3. Fennel Seeds
Fennel seeds can be really helpful for indigestion, particularly when caused by very spicy or fatty food. Fennel seeds, and alternatively you can drink fennel tea, contain helpful, volatile oils that can help reduce nausea and control flatulence.
Papaya contains enzymes that break down proteins called proteolytics. Research suggests that papaya enzymes can be helpful for relieving indigestion, and especially provide good relief for pain in the abdomen.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is often used to kick-start a slow stomach. Though acidic in nature, it also has an alkalizing effect that helps settle indigestion.
Teas have been used medicinally
for hundreds of years and it is quite easy to understand the reasons people continue to drink tea around the world. Just look into some of the popular tea ingredients and you will find out how many can be used for treatment and prevention of various health issues. Plus, teas are a great source of vitamin and minerals. So, let’s look at 4 teas and which ailment it can be helpful to
Known as a wonderful digestive aid, ginger tea can also help to curb nausea, vomiting and minimize motion sickness. A good number of teas labeled to support digestion contain ginger as a main ingredient. You can also make fresh ginger tea by simmering ginger root on the stove for about 15 minutes.
Elderberry contains antioxidant-rich flavonoids and it’s known to provide relief for cold and flu. It can also be helpful to soothe sore throat and coughing as well as help treat bacterial sinusitis, an infection more commonly known as a sinus infection. Elderberry and other herbs combined with a decongestant and antibiotic may help clear up sinus infections more quickly than decongestant and antibiotic treatments alone.
Known to gently stimulate the liver and supports healthy digestion, dandelion tea supports the body’s natural detoxification process. Dandelion root tea has shown choleretic effects as it can stimulate the liver to increase bile flow which, once released by the liver, can carry away waste and break down fats during digestion.
The relaxing and calming chamomile is known to improve sleep and can be helpful for insomnia. It can also improve digestion as well as help treating cold and fever, minimize cough and bronchitis, and be used as a gargle for inflammation of the mouth.