DOES TEA HYDRATE YOU? 5 BEST TEAS TO HYDRATE YOU THIS SUMMER
Good quality water is probably the most important source of hydration, but a British study found tea to be equally effective as water and an enhanced beverage to hydrate your cells.
And considering the number of health benefits of daily tea drinking, it is both a flavorful and healthy option to keep your body hydrated.
Suggestions for how much you need to drink vary considering a person’s age, activity level and body weight, but drinking at least three cups of tea daily offers hydrated tissues.
Following are the 5 best teas to hydrate you this summer.
1) Rooibos Tea
Red tea, red bush tea, or rooibos is made from the leaves of a plant native to South Africa, Aspalathus linearis.
Indigenous people collected branches of leaves and stems, then hammered or bruised them to release moisture. They then stacked the cut branches in the sun to ferment or oxidize. Once they are dry, the leaves are placed in boiling water to make a tea (tisane) that is remarkably sweet and full of antioxidants.
Rooibos tea is said to be soothing and healthful. In addition, it is known that rooibos is high in antioxidants—less than in green tea, but more than in black tea, and it has no caffeine, so it can be consumed in larger quantities without side effects.
2) Peppermint Tea
Peppermint makes very refreshing, sweet and fresh tea that can be drunk hot or cold and it is best known and most widely used for tisanes( herbal teas).
Mint tea helps in treating flatulence and colic. Peppermint tea aid to soothe digestive upsets by calming and soothing the digestive lining. It is also well known for its menthol content which has cooling effects.
Peppermint tea can be by pouring hot water over either fresh or dried leaves.
3) Chamomile Tea
The chamomile flowers are antispasmodic and therefore can help with indigestion, stomach pain, upset stomachs, and painful gas.
Chamomile tea can help relax the body and is good for relieving anxiety and stress. It is a slight sedative, so it can help you get a good night’s sleep.
It is a great tea for calming children and can help with hay fever and boost your immune system and of course, keep you calm and hydrated for longer.
4) ginger TEA
Ginger tea is good for digestion and may help with nausea and travel sickness.
Essential oils found in ginger are antibacterial, so it is very good to take regularly for overall well-being. It is believed to help relieve muscle strain after exercise and is used to help ease the pain of arthritis.
It is a popular winter drink and issued to boost the body’s defenses against colds and flu and is a great way to stay hydrated which is important for your overall health.
5) liquorice tea
Liquorice has been taken medicinally for thousands of years. The Greeks used it to treat asthma and Alexander the Great gave it to his troops to chew on long marches, to quench their thirst and improve their endurance.
It contains a compound called glycyrrhizin that is fifty times sweeter than sugar, hence why this plant is sometimes called sweet root.
Liquorice is an anti-inflammatory and may help with stomach, urinary, and intestinal problems, as well as heartburn. It is good for mouth and stomach ulcers and helps reduce the pain of sore throats.
It is believed to help clean the liver by removing toxins from the body, help lower cholesterol and keep you hydrated.
Liquorice tea may also help to reduce stress and relieve depression.