Which tea and when?
Being English, we obviously believe a lot can be solved with a good cup of tea. The kitchen is often the first place we instinctively head for if a friend or relative comes over, so we can switch the kettle on and make a nice brew. But where does this saying come from? And can tea really solve your problems?
We love tea, on The Skinny Kitchen menu we have a variety, and they are all so popular. So we thought we would take a look into which teas are good for you and when you should be drinking them.
English Breakfast Tea
In the morning
English breakfast tea is simply black tea, without any other added herbs and spices. It is actually the second most widely consumed drink in the world, after water. Having a cup of black tea for breakfast every morning can mean a huge range of health benefits, and is most commonly drank with milk or lemon.
Reduce the risk or heart attacks and strokes and great for artery health
Tea can reduce the growth of cancer cells and potentially prevent cancer from forming
High in natural antioxidants
The caffeine can provide a mental perk and increased stimulation. Research has shown you can enjoy 8 cups a day and this will not lead to excess caffeine consumption.
Anytime throughout the day. No one is sure how many cups you should drink a day, some say up to 10 cups a day, but if you’re sensitive to caffeine you could consider supplements instead. It should be noted green tea can decrease the absorption of iron and folic acid so should not be drank by pregnant women, or those trying to conceive.
Green tea has actually been used for medicinal purposes in china for years. It is deemed to be healthier than black tea, due to the processing as green tea avoids the fermentation process, unlike black tea and as a result green tea will retain maximum amounts of antioxidants. The list of benefits of green tea can go on and on, it really is a powerhouse drink!
Green tea increases your metabolism and can lead to weight loss
Drinking green tea can slow the rise of blood sugar levels after eating, preventing high insulin spikes which can result in fat storage.
Regular consumption is thought to reduce the risk of high blood pressure
Great for skin care and can help reduce the signs of ageing
Help prevent cancer as it is known to kill cancer cells
Ahhhhh relaxing with a nice cup of tea and what better choice than chamomile?! Unlike green tea and black tea chamomile actually comes from a plant which looks similar to a daisy. The dried flower is also widely used for its healing properties such as anti inflammatory, anti fungal and antioxidant. Chamomile is naturally caffeine free.
If you suffer from insomnia then this could be your answer. It is know as a sleep inducer and has a calming effect on the body.
Chamomile can also help with headaches, if you feel one coming on a chamomile tea is thought to keep it away.
The anti-inflammatory properties in chamomile is thought to receive pressure and pain, particularly stomach cramps.
Can help reduce blood sugar levels
After a meal
Another tea which has been used widely for many years for its health benefits, peppermint tea is particularly known for helping aid digestion after a meal, stomach upset or heartburn.
Peppermint helps to relax the digestive tract and promote proper bile flow, both help your digestive system to function.
Can help with nausea, flactulence and vomiting and remove painful gas from the stomach.
Peppermint tea can help your mind and body relax due to it being a muscle relaxant. So if you’re feeling stressed at work, perhaps this will help!
The smell of mint has an effect on the brain which promotes alertness.
The antibacterial properties can help keep bad breathe at bay, hence why toothpaste is minty!
Red bush (Rooibos)
Throughout the day
Naturally free from caffeine rather than decaffeinated means the rooibos, or red bush as it is commonly known, has not been artificially stripped of caffeine and therefore is a great replacement for black tea when dropping caffeine from your diet. Decaffeinated tea actually does still contain caffeine and the stripping process is slightly artificial, so many opt for red bush due to its similar taste to breakfast tea. It is also packed with health benefits and a great switch, even if you do still have caffeine!
rich in calcium red bush can help asset in good bone structure and stronger teeth. It can also help decrease your risk of problems such as joint pain or arthritis.
Due to its high levels of quercetin it can help with a wide variety of heart conditions. Its anti-inflammatory and can help reduce blood pressure.
Drinking red bush can ease stomach cramps and abdominal pains.
It is one of the most potent drinks you can have in terms of its antioxidant content, which can see out free radicals which damage, skin, hair and bones making it great for reducing the signs of ageing.