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Tea for Two

On a cold winter evening, John and I often end the day with a cup of hot tea.  He prefers Yogi brand ginger tea for its digestive and inflammation fighting capabilities.  I opt for whatever strikes my mood at the time.  I am currently into a combination of lemon balm and chamomile, as they are both relaxing, something that I want as bedtime draws near  and lemon balm has some nice dimagedigestive properties as well.

There are many types of tea that have healthy benefits.  Green tea has shown to improve blood flow and lower cholesterol, as well as help with high blood pressure. Green tea may also help block the formation of the plaque linked to Alzheimers disease.  For diabetics,  green tea has shown to keep blood sugar stable. It may even help fight cancer due to its phytonutrient EGCG.

Oolong tea is a metabolism booster due to the combination of catechins (antioxidants) and caffeine; a fat burning powerhouse that is helped along by the polyphenols that help fat blocking enzymes.  You have to use sugar sparingly though if you want those good benefits.

A cup of peppermint tea can help with constipation and digestive issues and the aroma can elevate your mood.  A couple of lesser known teas include nettle tea, with its antihistamine properties it can help those who suffer from hay fever and allergies.  Licorice root tea(not the candy) is also anti-inflammatory with bacteria killing abilities.  It can also sooth sore throats.  This tea is naturally sweet, so if you don’t like a sweet tea this one might not be for you.

Finally, for most of us the most familiar tea is black tea.  We like it hot and iced. It is the go-to-tea for most of us, luckily it is full of polyphenols that help prevent plaque from clinging to teeth, while preventing the growth of bacteria in the mouth. It can help with belly fat and while more studies are needed it could help prevent diabetes.

These are just a few tea choices, there are so many many more, explore the tea isle and enjoy tea adventures, but if you can’t decide just change it up and let your mood guide you.