Top 10 Healthy Teas to Drink Daily
Drinking healthy teas is one of the most effective ways to stay both hydrated and on top of your self-care game. Here’s a list of ten healthy teas we love.
According to the National Academy of Sciences, your body every day needs 11 cups (or 2.7 liters) of water, if you are a women and 15 cups (or 3.7 liters) of water, if you are a man.
Anything short of these hydration goals (as we discuss in our healthy drinks guide) and your body may struggle to:
supply your cells with oxygen and nutrients
regulate your internal body temperature
lubricate your joints
cushion vital organs
perform tons of other duties
Still, 11-15 cups just seems like a whole lot of H20 to drink if you aren’t running marathons on a daily basis.
The catch is not all of it needs to come from plain drinking water.
Enter healthy teas.
In addition to the plain cups of water you drink every day, supplementing it with healthy teas is an amazing way to keep your system hydrated.
The beauty of healthy teas is that in addition to internal hydration, they come with a host of other self-care and health benefits, such as:
helping with detox, weight loss and weight management
protecting from cell damage
lowering risk of diabetes and heart disease
improving alertness and focus
promoting gut health
soothing your digestive system
Yup, healthy teas are easy-to-prepare and potent drinks. But, like anything, they are no magic bullets either.
Incorporating them into a wholesome lifestyle (balanced diet, regular exercise, less stress, no smoking, etc.) is the key to better health.
That said, for more than 2,000 years tea has been appreciated and used as a natural medicine for a variety of ailments way before it became popular as an everyday beverage.
And that is exactly what tea should be: a daily beverage. Why?
Because in order to reap some of the amazing health and hydration benefits of healthy teas, you need to build a virtuous habit around drinking them consistently.
Luckily, this should not be too hard given the incredible array of flavors and aromas available in the healthy tea department.
To make this goal more attainable however, we’ve listed a selection of the healthiest types of teas for you to start drinking every day. So, sip up and enjoy.
Healthy Teas for Weight Loss and Weight Management
1. Rose Hip Tea
Let's start with one of our all time favorites. Rose hip tea is a tea infusion made from the rose plant.
You may not know this, but fresh rose hip is an absolute vitamin C powerhouse, with higher concentrations than in oranges and lemons.
That’s right and rose hip tea features multiple other health benefits, too.
Studies found that people with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis experienced a reduction in their inflammation and pain when consuming rose hip over an extended period of time.
More than its anti-inflammatory properties, rose hip is also being used for weight loss and weight management purposes.
A 12-week study with a group of 32 obese persons found that regular consumption of rose hip extract led to a reduction in BMI and belly fat.
On top of all that, rose hip tea is also fabulous for your skin.
As we discussed in our glowing skincare smoothie article, Vitamin C stimulates the collagen production, which is the main structural protein responsible for strong and springy skin.
The ensuing anti-ageing effect in your cells makes your skin look young and fresh.
Confirming this, a recent study found that after eight weeks of regular rose hip consumption participants' skin featured significantly higher moisture and elasticity levels.
2. Lemon Verbena Tea
Lemon verbena is a winner. Its subtle100% natural citrus notes beat any commercially available citrus tea and make it a great candidate for your daily go-to tea.
Aside from its elegant flavor, lemon verbena contains compounds called polyphenols which are associated with reduced levels of fatty acid formation.
And this makes lemon verbena a weapon of choice in the fight against the unwanted extra pound or two.
3. Oolong Tea
Made from the same plant (Camellia sinensis) as green and black tea, Oolong tea with its moderate degree of oxidization falls right in the middle of green (very mildly oxidized) and black teas (fully oxidized) in terms of its intensity and caffeine contents.
Unlike the other healthy teas we have discussed so far which all were herbal teas or infusions (that is without caffeine), Oolong contains caffeine.
The more modest levels of caffeine in green, white, black or oolong teas is known for increasing alertness and focus without bringing about the abrupt crash and burn that coffee may sometimes cause.
Oolong's caffeine content is also believed to stimulate the reduction of fat cells, accelerating your metabolism's activity levels and burning fat faster.
One study even found that after six weeks of regular oolong consumption, 70% of participants had lost more than two pounds of body fat.
Healthy Teas for Sleep Aid and Anxiety
4. Chamomile Tea
Chamomile's light and airy flavor as well as its smooth finish make it the perfect healthy tea for calming down.
Way back, the ancient Egyptians had already recognized chamomile’s medicinal properties, using it to treat fever and for skin care.
Today, it is rightly relied upon as a 100% natural stress-relief drink.
Certain compounds found in chamomile tea explicitly reduce cortisol, a hormone your body generates when under stress.
As if that was not enough, chamomile also stimulates the production of serotonin and melatonin, two hormones regulating your mood and sleep.
Its calming and sleep aid effects have been underscored by a recent study of 80 postpartum women experiencing "baby blues" and sleep issues following the birth of their child.
After only two weeks of regularly drinking chamomile tea, they saw their sleep quality improve and symptoms of depression reduce.
5. Passionflower Tea
Similar to its sister chamomile, passionflower tea is a potent natural drink known for relieving anxiety and improving sleep.
It is derived from the leaves, stems and flowers of the passionflower plant.
Studies suggest that after as little as 7 days of regularly consuming passionflower tea, sleep quality is substantially improved.
Another study found passionflower to be as effective in relieving anxiety in people as prescription medication.
Maybe well worth giving this 100% natural remedy a try, next time anxiety or insomnia hit.
Healthy Teas for Digestion and Gut Health
6. Ginger Tea
Ginger root is both a spice and an herb. When consumed as a tea, ginger has a distinctly spicy and flavorful taste.
More than that, it features a veritable laundry list of positive, medicinal properties.
Most notably, it holds powerful anti-inflammatory effects, fights diseases thanks to potent antioxidants and stimulates the immune system.
Ginger has also come to be relied upon as a remedy for nausea, constipation and indigestion.
Interestingly, female tea enthusiasts may appreciate ginger tea for relieving monthly menstruation pains.
Scientific studies even suggest that ginger was as effective in reducing period pains as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen.
7. Peppermint Tea
Have you been to Morocco recently? They are obsessed with fresh mint tea and have a fairly theatrical way of pouring it, too.
For peppermint aficionados, it probably comes as no surprise that its mint tea is not a secret any longer.
It is indeed one of the most consumed herbal teas in the world. Talk about social proof.
Aside from its refreshing taste, peppermint tea's popularity stems from its soothing effects on your digestive tract.
Peppermint tea made fresh from the herb is a well-known natural remedy for relieving indigestion, nausea and stomach pains.
Healthy Teas for Brain Health and Memory
8. Green Tea
Green tea is an all-star tea that probably features one of the longest lists of positive health-promoting effects in this roundup.
The one that stands out most is its powerful ability to promote brain health.
Research conducted at the University Hospital of Basel (Switzerland) found that people consuming green tea extract saw their brain activity, including their working memory, significantly increased.
The frontal and parietal lobes of their brains, two areas in charge of learning, decision-making and memory, were found to be more seamlessly connected, increasing their ability to process and remember information.
Similar to sage tea (see below), green tea has also been linked to lower risks of Alzheimer's disease.
A 2017 Alzheimer’s disease study found that one of green tea’s polyphenols (called epigallocatechin gallate) could help prevent the building of plaques in the brain.
9. Sage Tea
If you are looking for a healthy herbal tea that makes you sharp and focused, look no further.
Recent studies support sage's positive effects on cognition and brain function, finding that consuming sage extract improved people's mental function and memory.
While research is still ongoing, sage is assumed to even positively impact the mental functions of people suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
Healthy Tea for Skin Care and Skin Health
10. White Tea
White tea is known for being one of the mildest and least processed of tea types – its delicate flavors certainly testify to this.
Why should you drink white tea? If you are concerned by wrinkles and breakouts, white tea might very well be your new bestie.
Rich in antioxidants, white tea helps destroy free radicals responsible for causing cell damage.
This comes on top of its anti-inflammatory properties which help with skin problems including eczema, dandruff, redness and premature skin ageing.
Another reason why white tea is great for skin care, skin repair and skin rejuvenation is that it holds high amounts of polyphenols which stimulate the production of collagen and elastin — two proteins responsible for making your skin firm, springy and youthful.
Before leaving you, so you can start experimenting which healthy tea suits you and your lifestyle best, let's summarize quickly some practical tea 101 advice from tea aficionado to tea aficionado:
Opt for high-quality and organic loose leaf teas over bagged teas, where possible.
Loose leaf teas contain whole leaves that have the highest concentration of antioxidants and polyphenol power versus tea bags that often contain no more than broken leaves and debris (seriously).
Make your teas with hot not boiling water as this could burn your tea leaves.
Try to drink your teas unsweetened or lightly sweetened only with natural sweeteners, so not to offset their health benefits by turning them into sugar and calorie bombs.
Ultimately the healthiest tea is the one that you like so much that you drink it every day!
So, when you start out on your healthy tea journey, keep in mind: flavor matters!
If your taste buds tell you a tea is not for you, try another one you like better. There surely is no shortage of amazing healthy teas.
Make sure you find healthy teas that you thoroughly enjoy as this is quintessentially the most powerful indicator for you drinking it consistently and reaping the full spectrum of its health benefits.
Healthy Tea Resources
An awesome excerpt from “A Nice Cup of Tea” by George Orwell.
Access tasty, healthy tea-based recipes in our directory of healthy drinks.
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