Many of us don’t quite have time on our hands to meal prep or go to the gym five times a week. It’s either that, or some of us simply just don’t want to. Lots of health hacks exist and one of the simplest of them is drinking herbal teas. Herbal teas and infusions have been used medicinally for thousands of years because of the unique benefits that the varying blends possess. From boosting energy to clearing up your skin, check out what each of these teas can do for you:
Green tea is the holy grail when it comes to herbal tea. Filled with antioxidants, green tea has the ability to potentially reduce the risk of cancer. This tea is also known for burning fat and boosting the metabolism, so try drinking a cup the day after that late-night Taco Bell run.
This caffeine-free tea is perfect to help you relax, as it won’t keep you up all night like other caffeinated teas will. In addition to this, if you’re stuck with the flu, steep some peppermint tea to relieve any nausea or other stomach-related issues.
Black teas can come in many variations including blends with spices, lemon or chocolate, plus this blend of tea carries many health benefits as well. With regular consumption of black tea, you can lower high cholesterol, reduce potential cardiovascular diseases and aid with asthma.
Ginger root, in general, is a popular superfood amongst many health-centered people. If you aren’t so keen to add ginger to your food, however, drinking ginger tea is a way to get all of its benefits. These benefits include helping digestion, alleviating stomach pain and aiding in weight loss.
If stress and lack of sleep is getting to you, white tea may be the way to go. This tea’s antioxidants and other anti-aging properties help make skin youthful and glowing. It can also potentially prevent tooth decay and cavities, so if flossing isn’t your favorite thing, stock up on any blend of white tea.
While drinking a cup of tea a day sadly isn’t likely to instantly solve all of your health problems or concerns, keeping up the one-cup-a-day habit can definitely help you in the long run. So try each tea, figure out which blend you like best and bottoms up!
Leah Boelkins is a junior studying professional writing and Spanish. She also works for VIM Magazine on campus and loves reading other culture and lifestyle publications. On a typical day, you can find her working at Starbucks making Frappuccinos by the dozen or trying really hard to make her Instagram more aesthetically pleasing. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter @leahboelkins.