BEST WEIGHT LOSS TEAS
One thing is true in life, we all want to lose a few pounds, especially when we get older and our metabolism begins to slow down. There are a number of herbal teas that are well-known to assist weight loss, through either reducing our appetite, stabilizing our blood sugar so that we don’t feel as hungry. Finally, herbal teas are great for your health.
Strange name isn’t it? It comes from South Africa and the name means “Red Bush”. The African Rooibos is the geographic equivalent of French champagne or Colombian coffee. It is one South Africa’s best international trade products. Rooibos is, in fact, a herb and not a tea and is, therefore, a tisane, you can drink it before bedtime and it will not keep you up like other caffeinated teas.
It is a slightly sweet and fruity flavored tea, it is amber in colour and has no kilojoules (Yay!) The best thing about Roobibos is that it has anti-inflammatory properties, antiviral and antimutagenic qualities which means it protects cells against the effects of spontaneous cellular mutations, for example, nasty things like cancer cells are a mutation.
This sweet tasting tisane contains an incredible list of minerals including iron, calcium, potassium, copper, manganese, zinc and alpha hydroxy acid which is great for losing weight and boosting your immune system. Other health benefits of drinking Roobios tea includes the ability to cure headaches, insomnia, asthma, eczema, hypertension (High blood pressure) and brittle bones. Roobios tea will help to slow your hunger by stabilizing your blood sugar which should help stop those between-meal snacks.
GREEN TEA & MINT
This is one of my favourite teas, the aroma is delicious and the mint can offset the green tea which can be quite a strong tart taste if left to brew for too long. Both green tea and mint tea are excellent for weight loss but combined, they work in synergy and complement each other giving you a fabulous taste sensation.
Green teas have long been used in China and now we know that it helps to protect heart health, memory loss or Alzheimer’s. It is a great antioxidant to fight of free radical cells (bad or mutated cells). It stabilizes blood sugar stopping cravings for sweet things and it is good for bone health
Green tea contains Vitamin B2, C, beta-carotene, amino acids – theanine, folate, manganese, potassium, magnesium, some caffeine and catechins which are antioxidants.
Mint tea has the ability to improve your digestion and reduces bloating, reduce pain and ease inflammation. It aids in weight loss, boosts the immune system and of course is or bad breath. The aroma of mint relaxes the body and mind. Mint tea contains potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, iron vitamin A and C.
This combination also helps relieve craving for sugar which is the main culprit for weight gain. (Sugar = Maximum calories, with zero nutrition)
Oolong tea is partially fermented, black tea is fully fermented, and green tea is unfermented. Oolong tea is used to sharpen thinking skills and improve mental alertness. It can be quite bitter if it is too strong. A weak infusion is more palatable and is also used to prevent cancer, tooth decay, osteoporosis, and heart disease. Oolong tea acts by accelerating the metabolism improving the break down of fat cells and preventing new fat cells to form.
Oolong tea contains Potassium, Calcium, Phosphorus, Manganese, Zinc and Copper which are metabolic regulators.
I have tried the Oolong tea and taste wise I am not really a fan. A suggestion would be to blend the Oolong with mint tea to make it more palatable. But if you prefer a tart taste then a squeeze of lemon or lime juice to distract from the tannin flavour. Some say that Oolong has its own sweet and fragrant aftertaste. We all experience taste differently so my suggestion is to try it for yourself. All of these teas are easy to find in the supermarkets these days.
White tea is also a fat blocker and in my opinion a tastier tea than Oolong. To me white tea tastes fruity with a floral overtone, other people describe it as grassy, honey, melon, peachy and even apricot. All of our taste buds differ slightly due to our individual chemical makeup, so we will all have a slightly different experience of teas.
Drink three cups of white tea every day after meals for the best results. White tea does contain a little caffeine so do not drink it right before bedtime.
White tea is high in health-promoting antioxidants, tannins, polyphenols, flavonoids and catechins. It also contains a good amount of fluoride, which can help protect the teeth against cavities. Drinking a cup of white tea sends protective antioxidants and anti-aging MMP fighter into action to improve your skin from the inside.
Only you can decide which tea is best for you
Don’t be afraid to experiment with teas and make a blend of your own. Perhaps a blend of two, three, or even all four of these teas are to your palette. If you are drinking tea for weight loss, try to avoid sugar and milk. If you must have sweetener use a little honey or stevia to sweeten. Remember sugar is the enemy.