I have never liked the taste of artificially flavored water. In turn, I have never really cared for tea. Iced, hot, you name it… I wouldn’t drink it. The taste of coffee is also one that I can’t stomach, so water has always been my go-to morning drink of choice. However, tea is full of health benefits, and over the past couple of years I have found drinking it to be one of my favorite ways to start and end the day.
While there are many teas on the market that offer different benefits, some of my favorites include green tea and herbal teas. I am partial to these types of teas because of the health benefits and the way they taste. Depending on which phase of my menstrual cycle I’m in, I switch up the types of teas I drink at breakfast and when I’m relaxing before bed. If you’re thinking of drinking more tea, here are just a few of the ones I love and their benefits!
- Green Tea: Studies show that green tea is full of antioxidants. Green tea has been know to have medicinal properties, and research contributes some of this to the chemical compound known as EGCG, which is a natural antioxidant. This type of tea is also said to help improve brain function, lower the risk of some cancers, aid in weight loss, and more.
- Peppermint Tea: This tea tastes so great that it is one of the most commonly used herbal teas. Peppermint tea is known for aiding in digestion and can help when experiencing nausea and cramps.
- Fennel Tea: Much like the benefits of peppermint tea, fennel seeds are known to help with digestion. I love that this tea has a sweet taste and makes my stomach feel better after drinking some. If you’re experiencing bloating, cramps or constipation, brew up a cup of fennel tea and enjoy!
- Dandelion Tea: While the taste isn’t quite as sweet as fennel tea, dandelion tea has several health benefits. Some of them include aiding in digestion, detoxifying the liver, treating UTIs (urinary track infections), and reducing water weight.
As you can see, teas are full of health benefits. One way I found my favorite teas was by identifying some symptoms and researching which teas could help eliminate some of the discomfort. Like I mentioned above, I now drink tea most mornings and evenings. Next time you’re looking to unwind, brew a cup of your favorite tea, relax, and let its healing powers get to work!