Healthy Teas That Dietitians Swear By
HELPS WITH: Stress and insomnia
WHY IT WORKS: Chamomile tea has grounding, relaxing, mildly sedative properties that promote restful sleep, says Devon Ray Battaglia, an integrative health expert and holistic life coach. A study of nursing home residents found that those who took 400 milligrams of chamomile extract daily had significantly better sleep quality than those who did not take this.
HELPS WITH: Digestion, headaches and sinus infections
WHY IT WORKS: Peppermint tea supports the digestive system, relieving bloating, gas and indigestion, notes Rashmi Byakodi, a health and wellness writer and the editor of the Best for Nutrition website. One study showed that using peppermint over two weeks is an effective treatment for active irritable bowel syndrome. Plus, peppermint tea eases headaches by opening constricted blood vessels in the brain, Byakodi says. And, she adds, if you have clogged sinuses (also a cause of headaches), peppermint will act on your respiratory tract, providing relief.
HELPS WITH: Weight loss
WHY IT WORKS: Green tea, made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, is rich in polyphenol catechins and caffeine, Byakodi observes. Research has found that green tea helps with fat metabolism, both when you’re at rest and after exercise. The most effective way to impact fat metabolism via green tea, though, is to do an endurance exercise—such as cycling or running—as well as drinking this tea.
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