As dark clouds lure overhead and the sound of rain pattering on the office windows can be heard as wet dampness crawls into our bones and chills us. These weather conditions make it necessary for a nice warm soothing cup of tea or coffee to cheer up the day. How about you try a new tea this week!
Here are some of my top favourites and why I like them. Be bold! You might find something you like!
My top 3 current favourites:
Red Rooibos – a nutrient rich caffeine free easy drinking light herbal tea
- Nutrients: rich in many minerals such as: calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium, potassium, manganese and copper red rooibos is a healthy cup of tea that does not need sugar added. It is also rich in many antioxidants like polyphenols, quercetin and aspalathin which are good for reducing oxidative damage, lessening allergy symptoms, and balancing your blood sugars.
- Favorite Pick: Tea Time’s blend called Vanilla Amaretto – I drink this one daily while consulting with my patients. Its light vanilla aroma and soft creamy vanilla almond taste is a great daily drinking tea that makes me feel great!
Green Tea – juice up your day with an antioxidant rich caffeinated tea
- Nutrients: known for its powerful antioxidant EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) along with many others green tea is useful for aiding in weight loss by decreasing fat absorption and increasing your metabolic rate. In addition it helps increase your energy due to its high caffeine content which is nice if you are experiencing an afternoon energy slump. Green tea is also known for its protective effects against cancer and cardiovascular disease.
- Favourite Pick: I enjoy a nice cup of Yogi’s Green Tea Pure Green Certified Organic Tea when I feel like I need a quick pick me up with a nice tart finish!
- *Remember caffeinated tea may increase your heart rate and blood pressure*
White Tea – a very pleasantly tasting low caffeine option with protective and antimicrobial properties
- Nutrients: high in polyphenols, flavonoids, and tannins white tea promotes healthy skin by aiding in repair, reduces oxidative damage and is helpful for decreasing cardiovascular risk. In addition white tea contains antibacterial properties making it useful for preventing dental caries and infections.
- Favorite Pick: Clipper Organic White tea with Orange – I enjoy this refreshing citrus tea on a cold day as I feel the caffeine slightly warm me up and the orange appeals to my taste buds!
Dr. Robyn Prescott, ND