When it comes to tea, green tea rules the roost within the fitness community. For the past several years, everyone from dietitians to movie stars and athletes seem to be swearing by its many benefits. The first and most important reason why green tea is so popular is largely due to its supposed metabolism-boosting, calorie-burning properties. In other words, it is tried and tested to have a slimming effect on your tummy flab.
But did you know that whatever be your goal (i.e calming down, recovery, pepping up, weight loss) there is a tea to serve the purpose? Tea Expert Kristina Richens – a director at The Republic of Tea and certified tea specialist from Front Range Herbal Institute – shared with PopSugar.com, the magical properties of all the teas to help you with your physical goals at any given time of the day. Want to find what your perfect tea is? Read on to know more.
Black Tea – Black tea contains the most amount of caffeine, making it the perfect wake – up call for those lazy mornings! If it is too bitter for your taste buds then you can try drinking it the English style with a splash of milk and sugar. Black teas are also available in various flavors that will keep you energized for a productive day at work. Black tea is also great if you want a boost post – workout. A cup of black tea contains 88 mg of potassium that contributes immensely towards muscular recovery.
Lavender, Chamomile and Valerian Tea – Lavender, chamomile and Valerian root are herbal teas (or Tisanes), meaning they don’t contain any tea leaves but are made from various blends of herbs and flowers. They are caffeine free and are a perfect stress-buster after a long day at work. Lavender is known for it’s soothing properties and helps with relieving anxiety. Chamomile too is a calming herb and helps with inducing sleep and maintaining a proper sleep schedule. Due to Valerian root’s relaxing properties it is often found as the main ingredient (Valium) in many sleep supplements. Like Chamomile and Lavender, Valerian Root Tea should also be consumed before bedtime for a trouble free snooze.
Green Tea – Green tea never gets old and this is what makes it a perfect pick-me-up when you are facing that afternoon slump. It contains the perfect concoction of caffeine and anti-oxidants that are strong enough to perk you post lunch, but mild enough to not keep you up at night with the after effects. It is also versatile and can be mixed with other herbs and roots such as lavender to calm your nerves and Ginkgo Biloba to sharpen your memory.
Dandelion and Peppermint Tea – Dandelion root has been revered for centuries because of its cleansing properties and as a natural aid for digestion. It is known to aid in weight loss by eliminating excess water weight. Peppermint Tea also helps in slimming down as it curbs your appetite and supports digestion. Kristina says to look for ingredients like “gymnema leaves and cordyceps which will help boost energy and endurance, and can help rev up your internal engine and increase metabolism.”
Ginger Tea – Ginger root has anti-inflammatory properties that help with muscle recovery and digestion. It has been used in Indian households to relieve nausea and stomach upsets. Not only will it soothe your tummy but it also increases absorption of food and reduces bloating. A hot cup of ginger tea is perfect during the monsoons and for people with severe allergies as it helps with nasal congestion and other respiratory problems.