Numerous diets, recipes and beverages, aren’t there too many pieces of advice out there on how to stay fit? The focus on the importance of health was brought back to the foreground by the pandemic. We realized how important our health is and have started taking measures. Staying healthy doesn’t have to be overly difficult. It can be as simple as sipping a cup of tea. How? Read on.
“Tea began as a medicine and grew into a beverage”, this was written in The Book of Tea by 19th-century scholar Okakura Kakuzo. Rightly said so, modern studies also point out that this beverage is not just healthy but also gives utmost pleasure and lets the drinker enjoy the moment.
Studies say that some teas prevent cancer, heart ailments, and diabetes, aid in weight loss and bring back focus. They also appear to have antimicrobial qualities.
It doesn’t have to be your regular milk tea, you can experiment with a lot of different ingredients at different times of the day. When the sun rises, the digestion process rises, as it goes higher, so does the digestion power and its ability to digest. The moment the sun begins to set so does the ability to digest. With such daily markers, one can time their teas to help with optimal body functioning.
So, put the kettle on here you’ll get to know what different ingredients at what time are beneficial for you:
IN THE MORNING:
The following ingredients are stimulating and aren’t harsh on just-woken taste buds:
Black Currant: Shall keep you going all day!
Tulsi and Turmeric: Rich in nutrients and minerals to keep one fit all year round.
Black tea: Rich in caffeine and serves as a good hydrating agent.
Ilex paraguariensis: Enhances and improves alertness due to high caffeine levels.
IN THE AFTERNOON:
The following ingredients help to prevent afternoon sleepy hours:
Mint leaves: Aids in better digestion and helps release fatigue.
Green tea: Strong taste refreshes, promotes weight loss and improves digestion.
Mallow, Rosehip and Fennel: Soothes the stomach after a hearty lunch.
Mango: Doesn’t let sugar level spike
Muesli: Cools on hot afternoons.
Bergamot Oil: Can be paired with lunch as it reduces the feeling of tiredness and sleepiness.
IN THE EVENING:
The following ingredients will soothe, calm and reduce the stresses of the day:
Apple: Helps relax and feel fresh
Olive flower: Good for the heart
Pomegranate: This superfruit helps with the process of digestion
Hibiscus: Calms the senses.
Green tea: A great way to perk the system up when the feeling of fatigue takes over.
The following ingredients help with sound sleep:
Blue Pea: De-stresses the body and helps in sound sleep.
Ginger: Helps with digestion and prevents cough
Cranberry: Helps with better sleep at night, due to its extremely high amount of melatonin.
Cinnamon: Brings in great taste, relaxation and no spike in blood sugar.
Jasmine: Natural relaxant, Jasmine has a calming effect on the nervous system, and prevents restlessness, irritability, and insomnia.
Staying healthy isn’t about limitations, unrealistic slim bodies with starvation or depriving yourself of the things you love. It’s all about loving yourself, feeling great about your body and boosting your mood. Just keep in mind that the best health benefits are reaped with a wholesome and healthy lifestyle.
It’s all there in that one cup! How about some tea-time then?
The author is the founder of Seven Spring