Tea To Have Every Day To Fight Inflammation
Written by: Kavata Kithome
Have you ever found yourself with a frog in the back of your throat? You know the one, where it feels like you have to clear your throat every five seconds and your voice escapes you each time you speak?
This is the most annoying thing to me, not only because I need to speak to make a living, but also because it is an indication that I have inflammation. I have talked about inflammation and how to combat it a few different times and this is no different.
You know my love for tea is second to none, so I’m sure it comes as no surprise that I was delighted to learn that I can drink this amazing tea every single day to help fight my inflammation. That tea is none other than rooibos.
This amazing tea is from South Africa. It has a delicious natural sweet taste (without any sugar), a gorgeous glowing-red hue that makes it totally photography-worthy and has tons of nutritional benefits that make it just as formidable as any other tea out there.
Here are the most impressive health benefits linked to red tea called rooibos – plus how to prepare it to get the most benefits:
1. It’s Naturally Caffeine-Free
If you just recently began your transformation journey, you’re probably in the process of weaning yourself from caffeine and sugar. Rooibos can be your new best friend.
Rooibos is naturally free of caffeine, it won’t lead to jitters, high blood pressure, or sleeplessness. What’s also great about this tea is that it doesn’t have to go through a chemical-dependent decaffeination process like decaf green or black teas (can we say bonus?).
How to boost the benefits: use rooibos to make caffeine-free tea blends. Combine red rooibos with warming spices – like ginger, black pepper and cardamom – for caffeine-free rooibos chai, or steep green rooibos with sliced strawberries or mango for an alternative to fruit-flavored green tea; in a word, YUM!
2. It’s Full Of Disease-Fighting Antioxidants
Thanks to its generous amount of antioxidants, a comforting mug of rooibos helps fight harmful oxidation – a process linked to cellular aging and disease.
One recent study found that rooibos has an ultrahigh level of antioxidants, almost doubling the amount of green tea, that offers some serious cellular protection; it was also found that this antioxidant activity might help prevent diabetes and cancer.
How to boost the benefits: steeping it for a long time (the study authors brewed their rooibos for an hour) will help bring out the most amounts of antioxidants. Try steeping your tea overnight in the fridge for cold-brewed iced rooibos.
3. It’s A Powerful Anti-Inflammatory
The saying goes that most people are either thirsty or sick and this type of environment creates inflammation in the body. Chronic inflammation is associated with many health issues, but the great news is that rooibos can help. Green rooibos is high in two phytonutrients call aspalathin and nothofagin that fight inflammation.
How to boost the benefits: flavor your tea with anti-inflammatory sweeteners, like manuka honey.
4. It Offers Bone-Building Benefits
I recently talked about bone broth and how it is great for bone health. Now you have one more thing to add to your arsenal for bone health. Part of maintaining healthy bones is promoting positive bone turnover – making sure your body deposits new bone tissue fast enough to maintain or boost your bone density.
That’s where rooibos can help. It’s rich in two phytonutrients – orientin and luteolin – that activate genes for new bone development. Rooibos also supplies magnesium, one of the minerals that helps relax your body and makes up healthy bone tissue.
How to boost the benefits: add a splash of organic milk or enriched non-dairy milk for more bone-building calcium.
5. It May Prevent Weight Gain
There is nothing worse than not fitting into your skinny jeans; am I right, or am I right? Drinking rooibos is a great way to add variety to your diet if you’re hoping to reach a healthy weight or maintain your weight.
Drinking rooibos suppresses hunger hormones, so you can fight off hunger pangs between meals. The phytonutrients in rooibos “communicate” with your fat cells, sending molecular signals that can make you less likely to store fat. How awesome is that?
How to boost the benefits: stir a spoonful of chia seeds into a glass of iced rooibos for healthy “bubble tea.” Chia’s high-fiber content also keeps you feeling full for longer.
My mother introduced me to tea a long time ago, simply because she loved it. With each passing day, I grow more and more grateful for that, as it is an amazing way to maintain and elevate my health and wellness to the next level.
Rooibos tea is one that I enjoy on a cerebral level and I hope that it will be the same for you. Please try one or more of the recipe ideas suggested and share your experience in the comments below.
Kavata Kithome is an advocate for living your best life, full of health and longevity. While working closely with gym owners and personal trainers, she was able to sculpt a well-rounded view of fitness and understands how to incorporate it with a healthy balanced diet. She is a regular contributor to the One More Step Lifestyle brand.
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